H.R. 1 (111th): American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009

The text of the bill below is as of Feb 10, 2009 (Public Print).

Source: GPO

HR 1 PP

111th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. R. 1

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

February 10, 2009

Ordered to be printed with the amendment of the Senate

[Strike out all after the enacting clause and insert the part printed in italic]


AN ACT

Making supplemental appropriations for job preservation and creation, infrastructure investment, energy efficiency and science, assistance to the unemployed, and State and local fiscal stabilization, for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2009, and for other purposes.

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

[Struck out->] SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] This Act may be cited as the ‘American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009’. [<-Struck out]

[Struck out->] SEC. 2. TABLE OF CONTENTS. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] The table of contents for this Act is as follows: [<-Struck out]

[Struck out->] DIVISION A--APPROPRIATION PROVISIONS [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] TITLE I--GENERAL PROVISIONS [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] TITLE II--AGRICULTURE, NUTRITION, AND RURAL DEVELOPMENT [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] TITLE III--COMMERCE, JUSTICE, AND SCIENCE [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] TITLE IV--DEFENSE [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] TITLE V--ENERGY AND WATER [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] TITLE VI--FINANCIAL SERVICES AND GENERAL GOVERNMENT [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] TITLE VII--HOMELAND SECURITY [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] TITLE VIII--INTERIOR AND ENVIRONMENT [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] TITLE IX--LABOR, HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES, AND EDUCATION [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] TITLE X--MILITARY CONSTRUCTION AND VETERANS AFFAIRS [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] TITLE XI--DEPARTMENT OF STATE [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] TITLE XII--TRANSPORTATION, AND HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] TITLE XIII--STATE FISCAL STABILIZATION FUND [<-Struck out]

[Struck out->] DIVISION B--OTHER PROVISIONS [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] TITLE I--TAX PROVISIONS [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] TITLE II--ASSISTANCE FOR UNEMPLOYED WORKERS AND STRUGGLING FAMILIES [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] TITLE III--HEALTH INSURANCE ASSISTANCE FOR THE UNEMPLOYED [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] TITLE IV--HEALTH INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] TITLE V--MEDICAID PROVISIONS [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] TITLE VI--BROADBAND COMMUNICATIONS [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] TITLE VII--ENERGY [<-Struck out]

[Struck out->] SEC. 3. PURPOSES AND PRINCIPLES. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (a) Statement of Purposes- The purposes of this Act include the following: [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (1) To preserve and create jobs and promote economic recovery. [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (2) To assist those most impacted by the recession. [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (3) To provide investments needed to increase economic efficiency by spurring technological advances in science and health. [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (4) To invest in transportation, environmental protection, and other infrastructure that will provide long-term economic benefits. [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (5) To stabilize State and local government budgets, in order to minimize and avoid reductions in essential services and counterproductive state and local tax increases. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (b) General Principles Concerning Use of Funds- The President and the heads of Federal departments and agencies shall manage and expend the funds made available in this Act so as to achieve the purposes specified in subsection (a), including commencing expenditures and activities as quickly as possible consistent with prudent management. [<-Struck out]

[Struck out->] SEC. 4. REFERENCES. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] Except as expressly provided otherwise, any reference to ‘this Act’ contained in any division of this Act shall be treated as referring only to the provisions of that division. [<-Struck out]

[Struck out->] SEC. 5. EMERGENCY DESIGNATIONS. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (a) In General- Each amount in this Act is designated as an emergency requirement and necessary to meet emergency needs pursuant to section 204(a) of S. Con. Res. 21 (110th Congress) and section 301(b)(2) of S. Con. Res. 70 (110th Congress), the concurrent resolutions on the budget for fiscal years 2008 and 2009. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (b) Pay-as-You-Go- All applicable provisions in this Act are designated as an emergency for purposes of pay-as-you-go principles. [<-Struck out]

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DIVISION A--APPROPRIATION PROVISIONS

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[Struck out->] SEC. 1001. STATEMENT OF APPROPRIATIONS. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] The following sums in this Act are appropriated, out of any money in the Treasury not otherwise appropriated, for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2009, and for other purposes. [<-Struck out]

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TITLE I--GENERAL PROVISIONS

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Subtitle A--Use of Funds

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[Struck out->] SEC. 1101. RELATIONSHIP TO OTHER APPROPRIATIONS. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] Each amount appropriated or made available in this Act is in addition to amounts otherwise appropriated for the fiscal year involved. Enactment of this Act shall have no effect on the availability of amounts under the Continuing Appropriations Resolution, 2009 (division A of Public Law 110-329). [<-Struck out]

[Struck out->] SEC. 1102. PREFERENCE FOR QUICK-START ACTIVITIES. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] In using funds made available in this Act for infrastructure investment, recipients shall give preference to activities that can be started and completed expeditiously, including a goal of using at least 50 percent of the funds for activities that can be initiated not later than 120 days after the date of the enactment of this Act. Recipients shall also use grant funds in a manner that maximizes job creation and economic benefit. [<-Struck out]

[Struck out->] SEC. 1103. REQUIREMENT OF TIMELY AWARD OF GRANTS. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (a) Formula Grants- Formula grants using funds made available in this Act shall be awarded not later than 30 days after the date of the enactment of this Act (or, in the case of appropriations not available upon enactment, not later than 30 days after the appropriation becomes available for obligation), unless expressly provided otherwise in this Act. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (b) Competitive Grants- Competitive grants using funds made available in this Act shall be awarded not later than 90 days after the date of the enactment of this Act (or, in the case of appropriations not available upon enactment, not later than 90 days after the appropriation becomes available for obligation), unless expressly provided otherwise in this Act. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (c) Additional Period for New Programs- The time limits specified in subsections (a) and (b) may each be extended by up to 30 days in the case of grants for which funding was not provided in fiscal year 2008. [<-Struck out]

[Struck out->] SEC. 1104. USE IT OR LOSE IT REQUIREMENTS FOR GRANTEES. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (a) Deadline for Binding Commitments- Each recipient of a grant made using amounts made available in this Act in any account listed in subsection (c) shall enter into contracts or other binding commitments not later than 1 year after the date of the enactment of this Act (or not later than 9 months after the grant is awarded, if later) to make use of 50 percent of the funds awarded, and shall enter into contracts or other binding commitments not later than 2 years after the date of the enactment of this Act (or not later than 21 months after the grant is awarded, if later) to make use of the remaining funds. In the case of activities to be carried out directly by a grant recipient (rather than by contracts, subgrants, or other arrangements with third parties), a certification by the recipient specifying the amounts, planned timing, and purpose of such expenditures shall be deemed a binding commitment for purposes of this section. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (b) Redistribution of Uncommitted Funds- The head of the Federal department or agency involved shall recover or deobligate any grant funds not committed in accordance with subsection (a), and redistribute such funds to other recipients eligible under the grant program and able to make use of such funds in a timely manner (including binding commitments within 120 days after the reallocation). [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (c) Appropriations to Which This Section Applies- This section shall apply to grants made using amounts appropriated in any of the following accounts within this Act: [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (1) ‘Environmental Protection Agency--State and Tribal Assistance Grants’. [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (2) ‘Department of Transportation--Federal Aviation Administration--Grants-in-Aid for Airports’. [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (3) ‘Department of Transportation--Federal Railroad Administration--Capital Assistance for Intercity Passenger Rail Service’. [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (4) ‘Department of Transportation--Federal Transit Administration--Capital Investment Grants’. [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (5) ‘Department of Transportation--Federal Transit Administration--Fixed Guideway Infrastructure Investment’. [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (6) ‘Department of Transportation--Federal Transit Administration--Transit Capital Assistance’. [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (7) ‘Department of Housing and Urban Development--Public and Indian Housing--Public Housing Capital Fund’. [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (8) ‘Department of Housing and Urban Development--Public and Indian Housing--Elderly, Disabled, and Section 8 Assisted Housing Energy Retrofit’. [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (9) ‘Department of Housing and Urban Development--Public and Indian Housing--Native American Housing Block Grants’. [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (10) ‘Department of Housing and Urban Development--Community Planning and Development--HOME Investment Partnerships Program’. [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (11) ‘Department of Housing and Urban Development--Community Planning and Development--Self-Help and Assisted Homeownership Opportunity Program’. [<-Struck out]

[Struck out->] SEC. 1105. PERIOD OF AVAILABILITY. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (a) In General- All funds appropriated in this Act shall remain available for obligation until September 30, 2010, unless expressly provided otherwise in this Act. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (b) Reobligation- Amounts that are not needed or cannot be used under title X of this Act for the activity for which originally obligated may be deobligated and, notwithstanding the limitation on availability specified in subsection (a), reobligated for other activities that have received funding from the same account or appropriation in such title. [<-Struck out]

[Struck out->] SEC. 1106. SET-ASIDE FOR MANAGEMENT AND OVERSIGHT. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] Unless other provision is made in this Act (or in other applicable law) for such expenses, up to 0.5 percent of each amount appropriated in this Act may be used for the expenses of management and oversight of the programs, grants, and activities funded by such appropriation, and may be transferred by the head of the Federal department or agency involved to any other appropriate account within the department or agency for that purpose. Funds set aside under this section shall remain available for obligation until September 30, 2012. [<-Struck out]

[Struck out->] SEC. 1107. APPROPRIATIONS FOR INSPECTORS GENERAL. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] In addition to funds otherwise made available in this Act, there are hereby appropriated the following sums to the specified Offices of Inspector General, to remain available until September 30, 2013, for oversight and audit of programs, grants, and projects funded under this Act: [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (1) ‘Department of Agriculture--Office of Inspector General’, $22,500,000. [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (2) ‘Department of Commerce--Office of Inspector General’, $10,000,000. [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (3) ‘Department of Defense--Office of the Inspector General’, $15,000,000. [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (4) ‘Department of Education--Departmental Management--Office of the Inspector General’, $14,000,000. [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (5) ‘Department of Energy--Office of Inspector General’, $15,000,000. [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (6) ‘Department of Health and Human Services--Office of the Secretary--Office of Inspector General’, $19,000,000. [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (7) ‘Department of Homeland Security--Office of Inspector General’, $2,000,000. [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (8) ‘Department of Housing and Urban Development--Management and Administration--Office of Inspector General’, $15,000,000. [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (9) ‘Department of the Interior--Office of Inspector General’, $15,000,000. [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (10) ‘Department of Justice--Office of Inspector General’, $2,000,000. [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (11) ‘Department of Labor--Departmental Management--Office of Inspector General’, $6,000,000. [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (12) ‘Department of Transportation--Office of Inspector General’, $20,000,000. [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (13) ‘Department of Veterans Affairs--Office of Inspector General’, $1,000,000. [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (14) ‘Environmental Protection Agency--Office of Inspector General’, $20,000,000. [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (15) ‘General Services Administration--General Activities--Office of Inspector General’, $15,000,000. [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (16) ‘National Aeronautics and Space Administration--Office of Inspector General’, $2,000,000. [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (17) ‘National Science Foundation--Office of Inspector General’, $2,000,000. [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (18) ‘Small Business Administration--Office of Inspector General’, $10,000,000. [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (19) ‘Social Security Administration--Office of Inspector General’, $2,000,000. [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (20) ‘Corporation for National and Community Service--Office of Inspector General’, $1,000,000. [<-Struck out]

[Struck out->] SEC. 1108. APPROPRIATION FOR GOVERNMENT ACCOUNTABILITY OFFICE. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] There is hereby appropriated as an additional amount for ‘Government Accountability Office--Salaries and Expenses’ $25,000,000, for oversight activities relating to this Act. [<-Struck out]

[Struck out->] SEC. 1109. PROHIBITED USES. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] None of the funds appropriated or otherwise made available in this Act may be used for any casino or other gambling establishment, aquarium, zoo, golf course, or swimming pool. [<-Struck out]

[Struck out->] SEC. 1110. USE OF AMERICAN IRON AND STEEL. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (a) In General- None of the funds appropriated or otherwise made available by this Act may be used for a project for the construction, alteration, maintenance, or repair of a public building or public work unless all of the iron and steel used in the project is produced in the United States. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (b) Exceptions- Subsection (a) shall not apply in any case in which the head of the Federal department or agency involved finds that-- [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (1) applying subsection (a) would be inconsistent with the public interest; [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (2) iron and steel are not produced in the United States in sufficient and reasonably available quantities and of a satisfactory quality; or [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (3) inclusion of iron and steel produced in the United States will increase the cost of the overall project by more than 25 percent. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (c) Written Justification for Waiver- If the head of a Federal department or agency determines that it is necessary to waive the application of subsection (a) based on a finding under subsection (b), the head of the department or agency shall publish in the Federal Register a detailed written justification as to why the provision is being waived. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (d) Definitions- In this section, the terms ‘public building’ and ‘public work’ have the meanings given such terms in section 1 of the Buy American Act (41 U.S.C. 10c) and include airports, bridges, canals, dams, dikes, pipelines, railroads, multiline mass transit systems, roads, tunnels, harbors, and piers. [<-Struck out]

[Struck out->] SEC. 1111. WAGE RATE REQUIREMENTS. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] Notwithstanding any other provision of law and in a manner consistent with other provisions in this Act, all laborers and mechanics employed by contractors and subcontractors on projects funded directly by or assisted in whole or in part by and through the Federal Government pursuant to this Act shall be paid wages at rates not less than those prevailing on projects of a character similar in the locality as determined by the Secretary of Labor in accordance with subchapter IV of chapter 31 of title 40, United States Code. With respect to the labor standards specified in this section, the Secretary of Labor shall have the authority and functions set forth in Reorganization Plan Numbered 14 of 1950 (64 Stat. 1267; 5 U.S.C. App.) and section 3145 of title 40, United States Code. [<-Struck out]

[Struck out->] SEC. 1112. ADDITIONAL ASSURANCE OF APPROPRIATE USE OF FUNDS. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] None of the funds provided by this Act may be made available to the State of Illinois, or any agency of the State, unless: (1) the use of such funds by the State is approved in legislation enacted by the State after the date of the enactment of this Act; or (2) Rod R. Blagojevich no longer holds the office of Governor of the State of Illinois. The preceding sentence shall not apply to any funds provided directly to a unit of local government: (1) by a Federal department or agency; or (2) by an established formula from the State. [<-Struck out]

[Struck out->] SEC. 1113. PERSISTENT POVERTY COUNTIES. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (a) Allocation Requirement- Of the amount appropriated in this Act for ‘Department of Agriculture--Rural Development Programs--Rural Community Advancement Program’, at least 10 percent shall be allocated for assistance in persistent poverty counties. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (b) Definition- For purposes of this section, the term ‘persistent poverty counties’ means any county that has had 20 percent or more of its population living in poverty over the past 30 years, as measured by the 1980, 1990, and 2000 decennial censuses. [<-Struck out]

[Struck out->] SEC. 1114. REQUIRED PARTICIPATION IN E-VERIFY PROGRAM. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] None of the funds made available in this Act may be used to enter into a contract with an entity that does not participate in the E-verify program described in section 401(b) of the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996 (8 U.S.C. 1324a note). [<-Struck out]

[Struck out->] SEC. 1115. ADDITIONAL FUNDING DISTRIBUTION AND ASSURANCE OF APPROPRIATE USE OF FUNDS. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (a) Certification by Governor- Not later than 45 days after the date of enactment of this Act, for funds provided to any State or agency thereof, the Governor of the State shall certify that the State will request and use funds provided by this Act. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (b) Acceptance by State Legislature- If funds provided to any State in any division of this Act are not accepted for use by the Governor, then acceptance by the State legislature, by means of the adoption of a concurrent resolution, shall be sufficient to provide funding to such State. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (c) Distribution- After the adoption of a State legislature’s concurrent resolution, funding to the State will be for distribution to local governments, councils of government, public entities, and public-private entities within the State either by formula or at the State’s discretion. [<-Struck out]

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Subtitle B--Accountability in Recovery Act Spending

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[Struck out->] PART 1--TRANSPARENCY AND OVERSIGHT REQUIREMENTS [<-Struck out]

[Struck out->] SEC. 1201. TRANSPARENCY REQUIREMENTS. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (a) Requirements for Federal Agencies- Each Federal agency shall publish on the website Recovery.gov (as established under section 1226 of this subtitle)-- [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (1) a plan for using funds made available in this Act to the agency; and [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (2) all announcements for grant competitions, allocations of formula grants, and awards of competitive grants using those funds. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (b) Requirements for Federal, State, and Local Government Agencies- [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (1) INFRASTRUCTURE INVESTMENT FUNDING- With respect to funds made available under this Act for infrastructure investments to Federal, State, or local government agencies, the following requirements apply: [<-Struck out]

        [Struck out->] (A) Each such agency shall notify the public of funds obligated to particular infrastructure investments by posting the notification on the website Recovery.gov. [<-Struck out]

        [Struck out->] (B) The notification required by subparagraph (A) shall include the following: [<-Struck out]

          [Struck out->] (i) A description of the infrastructure investment funded. [<-Struck out]

          [Struck out->] (ii) The purpose of the infrastructure investment. [<-Struck out]

          [Struck out->] (iii) The total cost of the infrastructure investment. [<-Struck out]

          [Struck out->] (iv) The rationale of the agency for funding the infrastructure investment with funds made available under this Act. [<-Struck out]

          [Struck out->] (v) The name of the person to contact at the agency if there are concerns with the infrastructure investment and, with respect to Federal agencies, an email address for the Federal official in the agency whom the public can contact. [<-Struck out]

          [Struck out->] (vi) In the case of State or local agencies, a certification from the Governor, mayor, or other chief executive, as appropriate, that the infrastructure investment has received the full review and vetting required by law and that the chief executive accepts responsibility that the infrastructure investment is an appropriate use of taxpayer dollars. A State or local agency may not receive infrastructure investment funding from funds made available in this Act unless this certification is made. [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (2) OPERATIONAL FUNDING- With respect to funds made available under this Act in the form of grants for operational purposes to State or local government agencies or other organizations, the agency or organization shall publish on the website Recovery.gov a description of the intended use of the funds, including the number of jobs sustained or created. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (c) Availability on Internet of Contracts and Grants- Each contract awarded or grant issued using funds made available in this Act shall be posted on the Internet and linked to the website Recovery.gov. Proprietary data that is required to be kept confidential under applicable Federal or State law or regulation shall be redacted before posting. [<-Struck out]

[Struck out->] SEC. 1202. INSPECTOR GENERAL REVIEWS. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (a) Reviews- Any inspector general of a Federal department or executive agency shall review, as appropriate, any concerns raised by the public about specific investments using funds made available in this Act. Any findings of an inspector general resulting from such a review shall be relayed immediately to the head of each department and agency. In addition, the findings of such reviews, along with any audits conducted by any inspector general of funds made available in this Act, shall be posted on the Internet and linked to the website Recovery.gov. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (b) Examination of Records- The Inspector General of the agency concerned may examine any records related to obligations of funds made available in this Act. [<-Struck out]

[Struck out->] SEC. 1203. GOVERNMENT ACCOUNTABILITY OFFICE REVIEWS AND REPORTS. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (a) Reviews and Reports- The Comptroller General of the United States shall conduct bimonthly reviews and prepare reports on such reviews on the use by selected States and localities of funds made available in this Act. Such reports, along with any audits conducted by the Comptroller General of such funds, shall be posted on the Internet and linked to the website Recovery.gov. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (b) Examination of Records- The Comptroller General may examine any records related to obligations of funds made available in this Act. [<-Struck out]

[Struck out->] SEC. 1204. COUNCIL OF ECONOMIC ADVISERS REPORTS. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] The Chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers, in consultation with the Director of the Office of Management and Budget and the Secretary of the Treasury, shall submit quarterly reports to Congress detailing the estimated impact of programs under this Act on employment, economic growth, and other key economic indicators. [<-Struck out]

[Struck out->] SEC. 1205. SPECIAL CONTRACTING PROVISIONS. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] The Federal Acquisition Regulation shall apply to contracts awarded with funds made available in this Act. To the maximum extent possible, such contracts shall be awarded as fixed-price contracts through the use of competitive procedures. Existing contracts so awarded may be utilized in order to obligate such funds expeditiously. Any contract awarded with such funds that is not fixed-price and not awarded using competitive procedures shall be posted in a special section of the website Recovery.gov. [<-Struck out]

[Struck out->] PART 2--ACCOUNTABILITY AND TRANSPARENCY BOARD [<-Struck out]

[Struck out->] SEC. 1221. ESTABLISHMENT OF THE ACCOUNTABILITY AND TRANSPARENCY BOARD. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] There is established a board to be known as the ‘Recovery Act Accountability and Transparency Board’ (hereafter in this subtitle referred to as the ‘Board’) to coordinate and conduct oversight of Federal spending under this Act to prevent waste, fraud, and abuse. [<-Struck out]

[Struck out->] SEC. 1222. COMPOSITION OF BOARD. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (a) Membership- The Board shall be composed of seven members as follows: [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (1) The Chief Performance Officer of the President, who shall chair the Board. [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (2) Six members designated by the President from the inspectors general and deputy secretaries of the Departments of Education, Energy, Health and Human Services, Transportation, and other Federal departments and agencies to which funds are made available in this Act. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (b) Terms- Each member of the Board shall serve for a term to be determined by the President. [<-Struck out]

[Struck out->] SEC. 1223. FUNCTIONS OF THE BOARD. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (a) Oversight- The Board shall coordinate and conduct oversight of spending under this Act to prevent waste, fraud, and abuse. In addition to responsibilities set forth in this subtitle, the responsibilities of the Board shall include the following: [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (1) Ensuring that the reporting of information regarding contract and grants under this Act meets applicable standards and specifies the purpose of the contract or grant and measures of performance. [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (2) Verifying that competition requirements applicable to contracts and grants under this Act and other applicable Federal law have been satisfied. [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (3) Investigating spending under this Act to determine whether wasteful spending, poor contract or grant management, or other abuses are occurring. [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (4) Reviewing whether there are sufficient qualified acquisition and grant personnel overseeing spending under this Act. [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (5) Reviewing whether acquisition and grant personnel receive adequate training and whether there are appropriate mechanisms for interagency collaboration. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (b) Reports- [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (1) FLASH AND OTHER REPORTS- The Board shall submit to Congress reports, to be known as ‘flash reports’, on potential management and funding problems that require immediate attention. The Board also shall submit to Congress such other reports as the Board considers appropriate on the use and benefits of funds made available in this Act. [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (2) QUARTERLY- The Board shall submit to the President and Congress quarterly reports summarizing its findings and the findings of agency inspectors general and may issue additional reports as appropriate. [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (3) ANNUALLY- On an annual basis, the Board shall prepare a consolidated report on the use of funds under this Act. All reports shall be publicly available and shall be posted on the Internet website Recovery.gov, except that portions of reports may be redacted if the portions would disclose information that is protected from public disclosure under section 552 of title 5, United States Code (popularly known as the Freedom of Information Act). [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (c) Recommendations to Agencies- The Board shall make recommendations to Federal agencies on measures to prevent waste, fraud, and abuse. A Federal agency shall, within 30 days after receipt of any such recommendation, submit to the Board, the President, and the congressional committees of jurisdiction a report on whether the agency agrees or disagrees with the recommendations and what steps, if any, the agency plans to take to implement the recommendations. [<-Struck out]

[Struck out->] SEC. 1224. POWERS OF THE BOARD. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (a) Coordination of Audits and Investigations by Agency Inspectors General- The Board shall coordinate the audits and investigations of spending under this Act by agency inspectors general. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (b) Conduct of Reviews by Board- The Board may conduct reviews of spending under this Act and may collaborate on such reviews with any inspector general. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (c) Meetings- The Board may, for the purpose of carrying out its duties under this Act, hold public meetings, sit and act at times and places, and receive information as the Board considers appropriate. The Board shall meet at least once a month. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (d) Obtaining Official Data- The Board may secure directly from any department or agency of the United States information necessary to enable it to carry out its duties under this Act. Upon request of the Chairman of the Board, the head of that department or agency shall furnish that information to the Board. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (e) Contracts- The Board may enter into contracts to enable the Board to discharge its duties under this Act. [<-Struck out]

[Struck out->] SEC. 1225. STAFFING. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (a) Executive Director- The Chairman of the Board may appoint and fix the compensation of an executive director and other personnel as may be required to carry out the functions of the Board. The Director shall be paid at the rate of basic pay for level IV of the Executive Schedule. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (b) Staff of Federal Agencies- Upon request of the Board, the head of any Federal department or agency may detail any Federal official or employee, including officials and employees of offices of inspector general, to the Board without reimbursement from the Board, and such detailed staff shall retain the rights, status, and privileges of his or her regular employment without interruption. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (c) Office Space- Office space shall be provided to the Board within the Executive Office of the President. [<-Struck out]

[Struck out->] SEC. 1226. RECOVERY.GOV. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (a) Requirement To Establish Website- The Board shall establish and maintain a website on the Internet to be named Recovery.gov, to foster greater accountability and transparency in the use of funds made available in this Act. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (b) Purpose- Recovery.gov shall be a portal or gateway to key information related to this Act and provide a window to other Government websites with related information. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (c) Matters Covered- In establishing the website Recovery.gov, the Board shall ensure the following: [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (1) The website shall provide materials explaining what this Act means for citizens. The materials shall be easy to understand and regularly updated. [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (2) The website shall provide accountability information, including a database of findings from audits, inspectors general, and the Government Accountability Office. [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (3) The website shall provide data on relevant economic, financial, grant, and contract information in user-friendly visual presentations to enhance public awareness of the use funds made available in this Act. [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (4) The website shall provide detailed data on contracts awarded by the Government for purposes of carrying out this Act, including information about the competitiveness of the contracting process, notification of solicitations for contracts to be awarded, and information about the process that was used for the award of contracts. [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (5) The website shall include printable reports on funds made available in this Act obligated by month to each State and congressional district. [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (6) The website shall provide a means for the public to give feedback on the performance of contracts awarded for purposes of carrying out this Act. [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (7) The website shall be enhanced and updated as necessary to carry out the purposes of this subtitle. [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (8) The website shall provide, by location, links to and information on how to access job opportunities created at or by entities receiving funding under this Act, including, if possible, links to or information about local employment agencies; state, local and other public agencies receiving funding; and private firms contracted to perform work funded by this Act. [<-Struck out]

[Struck out->] SEC. 1227. PRESERVATION OF THE INDEPENDENCE OF INSPECTORS GENERAL. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] Inspectors general shall retain independent authority to determine whether to conduct an audit or investigation of spending under this Act. If the Board requests that an inspector general conduct or refrain from conducting an audit or investigation and the inspector general rejects the request in whole or in part, the inspector general shall, within 30 days after receipt of the request, submit to the Board, the agency head, and the congressional committees of jurisdiction a report explaining why the inspector general has rejected the request in whole or in part. [<-Struck out]

[Struck out->] SEC. 1228. COORDINATION WITH THE COMPTROLLER GENERAL AND STATE AUDITORS. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] The Board shall coordinate its oversight activities with the Comptroller General of the United States and State auditor generals. [<-Struck out]

[Struck out->] SEC. 1229. INDEPENDENT ADVISORY PANEL. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (a) Establishment- There is established a panel to be known as the ‘Independent Advisory Panel’ to advise the Board. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (b) Membership- The Panel shall be composed of five members appointed by the President from among individuals with expertise in economics, public finance, contracting, accounting, or other relevant fields. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (c) Functions- The Panel shall make recommendations to the Board on actions the Board could take to prevent waste, fraud, and abuse in Federal spending under this Act. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (d) Travel Expenses- Each member of the Panel shall receive travel expenses, including per diem in lieu of subsistence, in accordance with applicable provisions under subchapter I of chapter 57 of title 5, United States Code. [<-Struck out]

[Struck out->] SEC. 1230. FUNDING. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] There is hereby appropriated to the Board $14,000,000 to carry out this subtitle. [<-Struck out]

[Struck out->] SEC. 1231. BOARD TERMINATION. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] The Board shall terminate 12 months after 90 percent of the funds made available under this Act have been expended, as determined by the Director of the Office of Management and Budget. [<-Struck out]

[Struck out->] PART 3--ADDITIONAL ACCOUNTABILITY AND TRANSPARENCY PROVISIONS [<-Struck out]

[Struck out->] SEC. 1241. LIMITATION ON THE LENGTH OF CERTAIN NONCOMPETITIVE CONTRACTS. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] No contract entered into using funds made available in this Act pursuant to the authority provided in section 303(c)(2) of the Federal Property and Administrative Services Act of 1949 (41 U.S.C. 253(c)(2)) that is for an amount greater than the simplified acquisition threshold (as defined in section 4(11) of the Office of Federal Procurement Policy Act (41 U.S.C. (4)(11))-- [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (1) may exceed the time necessary-- [<-Struck out]

        [Struck out->] (A) to meet the unusual and compelling requirements of the work to be performed under the contract; and [<-Struck out]

        [Struck out->] (B) for the executive agency to enter into another contract for the required goods or services through the use of competitive procedures; and [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (2) may exceed one year unless the head of the executive agency entering into such contract determines that exceptional circumstances apply. [<-Struck out]

[Struck out->] SEC. 1242. ACCESS OF GOVERNMENT ACCOUNTABILITY OFFICE AND OFFICES OF INSPECTOR GENERAL TO CERTAIN EMPLOYEES. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (a) Access- Each contract awarded using funds made available in this Act shall provide that the Comptroller General and his representatives, and any representatives of an appropriate inspector general appointed under section 3 or 8G of the Inspector General Act of 1978 (5 U.S.C. App.), are authorized-- [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (1) to examine any records of the contractor or any of its subcontractors, or any State or local agency administering such contract, that directly pertain to, and involve transactions relating to, the contract or subcontract; and [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (2) to interview any current employee regarding such transactions. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (b) Relationship to Existing Authority- Nothing in this section shall be interpreted to limit or restrict in any way any existing authority of the Comptroller General or an Inspector General. [<-Struck out]

[Struck out->] SEC. 1243. PROTECTING STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT AND CONTRACTOR WHISTLEBLOWERS. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (a) Prohibition of Reprisals- An employee of any non-Federal employer receiving funds made available in this Act may not be discharged, demoted, or otherwise discriminated against as a reprisal for disclosing to the Board, an inspector general, the Comptroller General, a member of Congress, or a Federal agency head, or their representatives, information that the employee reasonably believes is evidence of-- [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (1) gross mismanagement of an executive agency contract or grant; [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (2) a gross waste of executive agency funds; [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (3) a substantial and specific danger to public health or safety; or [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (4) a violation of law related to an executive agency contract (including the competition for or negotiation of a contract) or grant awarded or issued to carry out this Act. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (b) Investigation of Complaints- [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (1) A person who believes that the person has been subjected to a reprisal prohibited by subsection (a) may submit a complaint to the inspector general of the executive agency that awarded the contract or issued the grant. Unless the inspector general determines that the complaint is frivolous, the inspector general shall investigate the complaint and, upon completion of such investigation, submit a report of the findings of the investigation to the person, the person’s employer, the head of the Federal agency that awarded the contract or issued the grant, and the Board. [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (2)(A) Except as provided under subparagraph (B), the inspector general shall make a determination that a complaint is frivolous or submit a report under paragraph (1) within 180 days after receiving the complaint. [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (B) If the inspector general is unable to complete an investigation in time to submit a report within the 180-day period specified in subparagraph (A) and the person submitting the complaint agrees to an extension of time, the inspector general shall submit a report under paragraph (1) within such additional period of time as shall be agreed upon between the inspector general and the person submitting the complaint. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (c) Remedy and Enforcement Authority- [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (1) Not later than 30 days after receiving an inspector general report pursuant to subsection (b), the head of the agency concerned shall determine whether there is sufficient basis to conclude that the non-Federal employer has subjected the complainant to a reprisal prohibited by subsection (a) and shall either issue an order denying relief or shall take one or more of the following actions: [<-Struck out]

        [Struck out->] (A) Order the employer to take affirmative action to abate the reprisal. [<-Struck out]

        [Struck out->] (B) Order the employer to reinstate the person to the position that the person held before the reprisal, together with the compensation (including back pay), employment benefits, and other terms and conditions of employment that would apply to the person in that position if the reprisal had not been taken. [<-Struck out]

        [Struck out->] (C) Order the employer to pay the complainant an amount equal to the aggregate amount of all costs and expenses (including attorneys’ fees and expert witnesses’ fees) that were reasonably incurred by the complainant for, or in connection with, bringing the complaint regarding the reprisal, as determined by the head of the agency. [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (2) If the head of an executive agency issues an order denying relief under paragraph (1) or has not issued an order within 210 days after the submission of a complaint under subsection (b), or in the case of an extension of time under paragraph (b)(2)(B), not later than 30 days after the expiration of the extension of time, and there is no showing that such delay is due to the bad faith of the complainant, the complainant shall be deemed to have exhausted all administrative remedies with respect to the complaint, and the complainant may bring a de novo action at law or equity against the employer to seek compensatory damages and other relief available under this section in the appropriate district court of the United States, which shall have jurisdiction over such an action without regard to the amount in controversy. Such an action shall, at the request of either party to the action, be tried by the court with a jury. [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (3) An inspector general determination and an agency head order denying relief under paragraph (2) shall be admissible in evidence in any de novo action at law or equity brought pursuant to this subsection. [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (4) Whenever a person fails to comply with an order issued under paragraph (1), the head of the agency shall file an action for enforcement of such order in the United States district court for a district in which the reprisal was found to have occurred. In any action brought under this paragraph, the court may grant appropriate relief, including injunctive relief and compensatory and exemplary damages. [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (5) Any person adversely affected or aggrieved by an order issued under paragraph (1) may obtain review of the order’s conformance with this subsection, and any regulations issued to carry out this section, in the United States court of appeals for a circuit in which the reprisal is alleged in the order to have occurred. No petition seeking such review may be filed more than 60 days after issuance of the order by the head of the agency. Review shall conform to chapter 7 of title 5. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (d) Construction- Nothing in this section may be construed to authorize the discharge of, demotion of, or discrimination against an employee for a disclosure other than a disclosure protected by subsection (a) or to modify or derogate from a right or remedy otherwise available to the employee. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (e) Definitions- [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (1) NON-FEDERAL EMPLOYER RECEIVING FUNDS UNDER THIS ACT- The term ‘non-Federal employer receiving funds made available in this Act’ means-- [<-Struck out]

        [Struck out->] (A) with respect to a Federal contract awarded or Federal grant issued to carry out this Act, the contractor or grantee, as the case may be, if the contractor or grantee is an employer; or [<-Struck out]

        [Struck out->] (B) a State or local government, if the State or local government has received funds made available in this Act. [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (2) EXECUTIVE AGENCY- The term ‘executive agency’ has the meaning given that term in section 4 of the Office of Federal Procurement Policy Act (41 U.S.C. 403). [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (3) STATE OR LOCAL GOVERNMENT- The term ‘State or local government’ means-- [<-Struck out]

        [Struck out->] (A) the government of each of the several States, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, Guam, American Samoa, the Virgin Islands, the Northern Mariana Islands, or any other territory or possession of the United States; or [<-Struck out]

        [Struck out->] (B) the government of any political subdivision of a government listed in subparagraph (A). [<-Struck out]

[Struck out->] PART 4--FURTHER ACCOUNTABILITY AND TRANSPARENCY PROVISIONS [<-Struck out]

[Struck out->] SEC. 1261. SHORT TITLE; TABLE OF CONTENTS. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (a) Short Title- This part may be cited as the ‘Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act of 2009’. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (b) Table of Contents- The table of contents for this part is as follows: [<-Struck out]

[Struck out->] Part 4--Further Accountability and Transparency Provisions [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] Sec. 1261. Short title; table of contents. [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] Sec. 1262. Clarification of disclosures covered. [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] Sec. 1263. Definitional amendments. [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] Sec. 1264. Rebuttable presumption. [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] Sec. 1265. Nondisclosure policies, forms, and agreements. [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] Sec. 1266. Exclusion of agencies by the President. [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] Sec. 1267. Disciplinary action. [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] Sec. 1268. Government Accountability Office study on revocation of security clearances. [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] Sec. 1269. Alternative recourse. [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] Sec. 1270. National security whistleblower rights. [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] Sec. 1271. Enhancement of contractor employee whistleblower protections. [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] Sec. 1272. Prohibited personnel practices affecting the Transportation Security Administration. [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] Sec. 1273. Clarification of whistleblower rights relating to scientific and other research. [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] Sec. 1274. Effective date. [<-Struck out]

[Struck out->] SEC. 1262. CLARIFICATION OF DISCLOSURES COVERED. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (a) In General- Section 2302(b)(8) of title 5, United States Code, is amended-- [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (1) in subparagraph (A)-- [<-Struck out]

        [Struck out->] (A) by striking ‘which the employee or applicant reasonably believes evidences’ and inserting ‘, without restriction as to time, place, form, motive, context, forum, or prior disclosure made to any person by an employee or applicant, including a disclosure made in the ordinary course of an employee’s duties, that the employee or applicant reasonably believes is evidence of’; and [<-Struck out]

        [Struck out->] (B) in clause (i), by striking ‘a violation’ and inserting ‘any violation’; and [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (2) in subparagraph (B)-- [<-Struck out]

        [Struck out->] (A) by striking ‘which the employee or applicant reasonably believes evidences’ and inserting ‘, without restriction as to time, place, form, motive, context, forum, or prior disclosure made to any person by an employee or applicant, including a disclosure made in the ordinary course of an employee’s duties, of information that the employee or applicant reasonably believes is evidence of’; and [<-Struck out]

        [Struck out->] (B) in clause (i), by striking ‘a violation’ and inserting ‘any violation (other than a violation of this section)’. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (b) Prohibited Personnel Practices Under Section 2302(b)(9)- Title 5, United States Code, is amended in subsections (a)(3), (b)(4)(A), and (b)(4)(B)(i) of section 1214 and in subsections (a) and (e)(1) of section 1221 by inserting ‘or 2302(b)(9)(B)-(D)’ after ‘section 2302(b)(8)’ each place it appears. [<-Struck out]

[Struck out->] SEC. 1263. DEFINITIONAL AMENDMENTS. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (a) Disclosure- Section 2302(a)(2) of title 5, United States Code, is amended-- [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (1) in subparagraph (B)(ii), by striking ‘and’ at the end; [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (2) in subparagraph (C)(iii), by striking the period at the end and inserting ‘; and’; and [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (3) by adding at the end the following: [<-Struck out]

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      ‘(D) ‘disclosure’ means a formal or informal communication, but does not include a communication concerning policy decisions that lawfully exercise discretionary authority unless the employee or applicant providing the disclosure reasonably believes that the disclosure evidences-- [<-Struck out]

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        ‘(i) any violation of any law, rule, or regulation; or [<-Struck out]

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        ‘(ii) gross mismanagement, a gross waste of funds, an abuse of authority, or a substantial and specific danger to public health or safety.’. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (b) Clear and Convincing Evidence- Sections 1214(b)(4)(B)(ii) and 1221(e)(2) of title 5, United States Code, are amended by adding at the end the following: ‘For purposes of the preceding sentence, ‘clear and convincing evidence’ means evidence indicating that the matter to be proved is highly probable or reasonably certain.’. [<-Struck out]

[Struck out->] SEC. 1264. REBUTTABLE PRESUMPTION. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] Section 2302(b) of title 5, United States Code, is amended by adding at the end the following: ‘For purposes of paragraph (8), any presumption relating to the performance of a duty by an employee who has authority to take, direct others to take, recommend, or approve any personnel action may be rebutted by substantial evidence. For purposes of paragraph (8), a determination as to whether an employee or applicant reasonably believes that such employee or applicant has disclosed information that evidences any violation of law, rule, regulation, gross mismanagement, a gross waste of funds, an abuse of authority, or a substantial and specific danger to public health or safety shall be made by determining whether a disinterested observer with knowledge of the essential facts known to or readily ascertainable by the employee or applicant could reasonably conclude that the actions of the Government evidence such violations, mismanagement, waste, abuse, or danger.’. [<-Struck out]

[Struck out->] SEC. 1265. NONDISCLOSURE POLICIES, FORMS, AND AGREEMENTS. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (a) Personnel Action- Section 2302(a)(2)(A) of title 5, United States Code, is amended-- [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (1) in clause (x), by striking ‘and’ at the end; [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (2) by redesignating clause (xi) as clause (xii); and [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (3) by inserting after clause (x) the following: [<-Struck out]

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        ‘(xi) the implementation or enforcement of any nondisclosure policy, form, or agreement; and’. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (b) Prohibited Personnel Practice- Section 2302(b) of title 5, United States Code, is amended-- [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (1) in paragraph (11), by striking ‘or’ at the end; [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (2) by redesignating paragraph (12) as paragraph (14); and [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (3) by inserting after paragraph (11) the following: [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->]

      ‘(12) implement or enforce any nondisclosure policy, form, or agreement, if such policy, form, or agreement does not contain the following statement: ‘These provisions are consistent with and do not supersede, conflict with, or otherwise alter the employee obligations, rights, or liabilities created by Executive Order No. 12958; section 7211 of title 5, United States Code (governing disclosures to Congress); section 1034 of title 10, United States Code (governing disclosures to Congress by members of the military); section 2302(b)(8) of title 5, United States Code (governing disclosures of illegality, waste, fraud, abuse, or public health or safety threats); the Intelligence Identities Protection Act of 1982 (50 U.S.C. 421 and following) (governing disclosures that could expose confidential Government agents); and the statutes which protect against disclosures that could compromise national security, including sections 641, 793, 794, 798, and 952 of title 18, United States Code, and section 4(b) of the Subversive Activities Control Act of 1950 (50 U.S.C. 783(b)). The definitions, requirements, obligations, rights, sanctions, and liabilities created by such Executive order and such statutory provisions are incorporated into this agreement and are controlling.’; [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->]

      ‘(13) conduct, or cause to be conducted, an investigation, other than any ministerial or nondiscretionary factfinding activities necessary for the agency to perform its mission, of an employee or applicant for employment because of any activity protected under this section; or’. [<-Struck out]

[Struck out->] SEC. 1266. EXCLUSION OF AGENCIES BY THE PRESIDENT. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] Section 2302(a)(2)(C) of title 5, United States Code, is amended by striking clause (ii) and inserting the following: [<-Struck out]

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        ‘(ii)(I) the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Central Intelligence Agency, the Defense Intelligence Agency, the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, or the National Security Agency; or [<-Struck out]

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        ‘(II) as determined by the President, any Executive agency or unit thereof the principal function of which is the conduct of foreign intelligence or counterintelligence activities, if the determination (as that determination relates to a personnel action) is made before that personnel action; or’. [<-Struck out]

[Struck out->] SEC. 1267. DISCIPLINARY ACTION. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] Section 1215(a)(3) of title 5, United States Code, is amended to read as follows: [<-Struck out]

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    ‘(3)(A) A final order of the Board may impose-- [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->]

      ‘(i) disciplinary action consisting of removal, reduction in grade, debarment from Federal employment for a period not to exceed 5 years, suspension, or reprimand; [<-Struck out]

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      ‘(ii) an assessment of a civil penalty not to exceed $1,000; or [<-Struck out]

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      ‘(iii) any combination of disciplinary actions described under clause (i) and an assessment described under clause (ii). [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->]

    ‘(B) In any case in which the Board finds that an employee has committed a prohibited personnel practice under paragraph (8) or (9) of section 2302(b), the Board shall impose disciplinary action if the Board finds that the activity protected under such paragraph (8) or (9) (as the case may be) was the primary motivating factor, unless that employee demonstrates, by a preponderance of the evidence, that the employee would have taken, failed to take, or threatened to take or fail to take the same personnel action, in the absence of such protected activity.’. [<-Struck out]

[Struck out->] SEC. 1268. GOVERNMENT ACCOUNTABILITY OFFICE STUDY ON REVOCATION OF SECURITY CLEARANCES. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (a) Requirement- The Comptroller General shall conduct a study of security clearance revocations, taking effect after 1996, with respect to personnel that filed claims under chapter 12 of title 5, United States Code, in connection therewith. The study shall consist of an examination of the number of such clearances revoked, the number restored, and the relationship, if any, between the resolution of claims filed under such chapter and the restoration of such clearances. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (b) Report- Not later than 270 days after the date of the enactment of this Act, the Comptroller General shall submit to the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform of the House of Representatives and the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs of the Senate a report on the results of the study required by subsection (a). [<-Struck out]

[Struck out->] SEC. 1269. ALTERNATIVE RECOURSE. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (a) In General- Section 1221 of title 5, United States Code, is amended by adding at the end the following: [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->]

    ‘(k)(1) If, in the case of an employee, former employee, or applicant for employment who seeks corrective action (or on behalf of whom corrective action is sought) from the Merit Systems Protection Board based on an alleged prohibited personnel practice described in section 2302(b)(8) or 2302(b)(9)(B)-(D), no final order or decision is issued by the Board within 180 days after the date on which a request for such corrective action has been duly submitted (or, in the event that a final order or decision is issued by the Board, whether within that 180-day period or thereafter, then, within 90 days after such final order or decision is issued, and so long as such employee, former employee, or applicant has not filed a petition for judicial review of such order or decision under subsection (h))-- [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->]

      ‘(A) such employee, former employee, or applicant may, after providing written notice to the Board, bring an action at law or equity for de novo review in the appropriate United States district court, which shall have jurisdiction over such action without regard to the amount in controversy, and which action shall, at the request of either party to such action, be tried by the court with a jury; and [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->]

      ‘(B) in any such action, the court-- [<-Struck out]

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        ‘(i) shall apply the standards set forth in subsection (e); and [<-Struck out]

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        ‘(ii) may award any relief which the court considers appropriate, including any relief described in subsection (g). [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] An appeal from a final decision of a district court in an action under this paragraph may, at the election of the appellant, be taken to the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (which shall have jurisdiction of such appeal), in lieu of the United States court of appeals for the circuit embracing the district in which the action was brought. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->]

    ‘(2) For purposes of this subsection, the term ‘appropriate United States district court’, as used with respect to an alleged prohibited personnel practice, means the United States district court for the district in which the prohibited personnel practice is alleged to have been committed, the judicial district in which the employment records relevant to such practice are maintained and administered, or the judicial district in which resides the employee, former employee, or applicant for employment allegedly affected by such practice. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->]

    ‘(3) This subsection applies with respect to any appeal, petition, or other request for corrective action duly submitted to the Board, whether pursuant to section 1214(b)(2), the preceding provisions of this section, section 7513(d), or any otherwise applicable provisions of law, rule, or regulation.’. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (b) Review of MSPB Decisions- Section 7703(b) of such title 5 is amended-- [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (1) in the first sentence of paragraph (1), by striking ‘the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit’ and inserting ‘the appropriate United States court of appeals’; and [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (2) by adding at the end the following: [<-Struck out]

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    ‘(3) For purposes of the first sentence of paragraph (1), the term ‘appropriate United States court of appeals’ means the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, except that in the case of a prohibited personnel practice described in section 2302(b)(8) or 2302(b)(9)(B)-(D) (other than a case that, disregarding this paragraph, would otherwise be subject to paragraph (2)), such term means the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and any United States court of appeals having jurisdiction over appeals from any United States district court which, under section 1221(k)(2), would be an appropriate United States district court for purposes of such prohibited personnel practice.’. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (c) Compensatory Damages- Section 1221(g)(1)(A)(ii) of such title 5 is amended by striking all after ‘travel expenses,’ and inserting ‘any other reasonable and foreseeable consequential damages, and compensatory damages (including attorney’s fees, interest, reasonable expert witness fees, and costs).’. [<-Struck out]

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      [Struck out->] (1) Section 1221(h) of such title 5 is amended by adding at the end the following: [<-Struck out]

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    ‘(3) Judicial review under this subsection shall not be available with respect to any decision or order as to which the employee, former employee, or applicant has filed a petition for judicial review under subsection (k).’. [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (2) Section 7703(c) of such title 5 is amended by striking ‘court.’ and inserting ‘court, and in the case of a prohibited personnel practice described in section 2302(b)(8) or 2302(b)(9)(B)-(D) brought under any provision of law, rule, or regulation described in section 1221(k)(3), the employee or applicant shall have the right to de novo review in accordance with section 1221(k).’. [<-Struck out]

[Struck out->] SEC. 1270. NATIONAL SECURITY WHISTLEBLOWER RIGHTS. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (a) In General- Chapter 23 of title 5, United States Code, is amended by inserting after section 2303 the following: [<-Struck out]

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‘Sec. 2303a. National security whistleblower rights [<-Struck out]

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    ‘(a) Prohibition of Reprisals- [<-Struck out]

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      ‘(1) IN GENERAL- In addition to any rights provided in section 2303 of this title, title VII of Public Law 105-272, or any other provision of law, an employee or former employee in a covered agency may not be discharged, demoted, or otherwise discriminated against (including by denying, suspending, or revoking a security clearance, or by otherwise restricting access to classified or sensitive information) as a reprisal for making a disclosure described in paragraph (2). [<-Struck out]

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      ‘(2) DISCLOSURES DESCRIBED- A disclosure described in this paragraph is any disclosure of covered information which is made-- [<-Struck out]

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        ‘(A) by an employee or former employee in a covered agency (without restriction as to time, place, form, motive, context, or prior disclosure made to any person by an employee or former employee, including a disclosure made in the course of an employee’s duties); and [<-Struck out]

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        ‘(B) to an authorized Member of Congress, an authorized official of an Executive agency, or the Inspector General of the covered agency in which such employee or former employee is or was employed. [<-Struck out]

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    ‘(b) Investigation of Complaints- An employee or former employee in a covered agency who believes that such employee or former employee has been subjected to a reprisal prohibited by subsection (a) may submit a complaint to the Inspector General and the head of the covered agency. The Inspector General shall investigate the complaint and, unless the Inspector General determines that the complaint is frivolous, submit a report of the findings of the investigation within 120 days to the employee or former employee (as the case may be) and to the head of the covered agency. [<-Struck out]

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    ‘(c) Remedy- [<-Struck out]

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      ‘(1) Within 180 days of the filing of the complaint, the head of the covered agency shall, taking into consideration the report of the Inspector General under subsection (b) (if any), determine whether the employee or former employee has been subjected to a reprisal prohibited by subsection (a), and shall either issue an order denying relief or shall implement corrective action to return the employee or former employee, as nearly as possible, to the position he would have held had the reprisal not occurred, including voiding any directive or order denying, suspending, or revoking a security clearance or otherwise restricting access to classified or sensitive information that constituted a reprisal, as well as providing back pay and related benefits, medical costs incurred, travel expenses, any other reasonable and foreseeable consequential damages, and compensatory damages (including attorney’s fees, interest, reasonable expert witness fees, and costs). If the head of the covered agency issues an order denying relief, he shall issue a report to the employee or former employee detailing the reasons for the denial. [<-Struck out]

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      ‘(2)(A) If the head of the covered agency, in the process of implementing corrective action under paragraph (1), voids a directive or order denying, suspending, or revoking a security clearance or otherwise restricting access to classified or sensitive information that constituted a reprisal, the head of the covered agency may re-initiate procedures to issue a directive or order denying, suspending, or revoking a security clearance or otherwise restricting access to classified or sensitive information only if those re-initiated procedures are based exclusively on national security concerns and are unrelated to the actions constituting the original reprisal. [<-Struck out]

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      ‘(B) In any case in which the head of a covered agency re-initiates procedures under subparagraph (A), the head of the covered agency shall issue an unclassified report to its Inspector General and to authorized Members of Congress (with a classified annex, if necessary), detailing the circumstances of the agency’s re-initiated procedures and describing the manner in which those procedures are based exclusively on national security concerns and are unrelated to the actions constituting the original reprisal. The head of the covered agency shall also provide periodic updates to the Inspector General and authorized Members of Congress detailing any significant actions taken as a result of those procedures, and shall respond promptly to inquiries from authorized Members of Congress regarding the status of those procedures. [<-Struck out]

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      ‘(3) If the head of the covered agency has not made a determination under paragraph (1) within 180 days of the filing of the complaint (or he has issued an order denying relief, in whole or in part, whether within that 180-day period or thereafter, then, within 90 days after such order is issued), the employee or former employee may bring an action at law or equity for de novo review to seek any corrective action described in paragraph (1) in the appropriate United States district court (as defined by section 1221(k)(2)), which shall have jurisdiction over such action without regard to the amount in controversy. An appeal from a final decision of a district court in an action under this paragraph may, at the election of the appellant, be taken to the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (which shall have jurisdiction of such appeal), in lieu of the United States court of appeals for the circuit embracing the district in which the action was brought. [<-Struck out]

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      ‘(4) An employee or former employee adversely affected or aggrieved by an order issued under paragraph (1), or who seeks review of any corrective action determined under paragraph (1), may obtain judicial review of such order or determination in the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit or any United States court of appeals having jurisdiction over appeals from any United States district court which, under section 1221(k)(2), would be an appropriate United States district court. No petition seeking such review may be filed more than 60 days after issuance of the order or the determination to implement corrective action by the head of the agency. Review shall conform to chapter 7. [<-Struck out]

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      ‘(5)(A) If, in any action for damages or relief under paragraph (3) or (4), an Executive agency moves to withhold information from discovery based on a claim that disclosure would be inimical to national security by asserting the privilege commonly referred to as the ‘state secrets privilege’, and if the assertion of such privilege prevents the employee or former employee from establishing an element in support of the employee’s or former employee’s claim, the court shall resolve the disputed issue of fact or law in favor of the employee or former employee, provided that an Inspector General investigation under subsection (b) has resulted in substantial confirmation of that element, or those elements, of the employee’s or former employee’s claim. [<-Struck out]

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      ‘(B) In any case in which an Executive agency asserts the privilege commonly referred to as the ‘state secrets privilege’, whether or not an Inspector General has conducted an investigation under subsection (b), the head of that agency shall, at the same time it asserts the privilege, issue a report to authorized Members of Congress, accompanied by a classified annex if necessary, describing the reasons for the assertion, explaining why the court hearing the matter does not have the ability to maintain the protection of classified information related to the assertion, detailing the steps the agency has taken to arrive at a mutually agreeable settlement with the employee or former employee, setting forth the date on which the classified information at issue will be declassified, and providing all relevant information about the underlying substantive matter. [<-Struck out]

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    ‘(d) Applicability to Non-Covered Agencies- An employee or former employee in an Executive agency (or element or unit thereof) that is not a covered agency shall, for purposes of any disclosure of covered information (as described in subsection (a)(2)) which consists in whole or in part of classified or sensitive information, be entitled to the same protections, rights, and remedies under this section as if that Executive agency (or element or unit thereof) were a covered agency. [<-Struck out]

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    ‘(e) Construction- Nothing in this section may be construed-- [<-Struck out]

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      ‘(1) to authorize the discharge of, demotion of, or discrimination against an employee or former employee for a disclosure other than a disclosure protected by subsection (a) or (d) of this section or to modify or derogate from a right or remedy otherwise available to an employee or former employee; or [<-Struck out]

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      ‘(2) to preempt, modify, limit, or derogate any rights or remedies available to an employee or former employee under any other provision of law, rule, or regulation (including the Lloyd-La Follette Act). [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] No court or administrative agency may require the exhaustion of any right or remedy under this section as a condition for pursuing any other right or remedy otherwise available to an employee or former employee under any other provision of law, rule, or regulation (as referred to in paragraph (2)). [<-Struck out]

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    ‘(f) Definitions- For purposes of this section-- [<-Struck out]

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      ‘(1) the term ‘covered information’, as used with respect to an employee or former employee, means any information (including classified or sensitive information) which the employee or former employee reasonably believes evidences-- [<-Struck out]

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        ‘(A) any violation of any law, rule, or regulation; or [<-Struck out]

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        ‘(B) gross mismanagement, a gross waste of funds, an abuse of authority, or a substantial and specific danger to public health or safety; [<-Struck out]

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      ‘(2) the term ‘covered agency’ means-- [<-Struck out]

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        ‘(A) the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, the Central Intelligence Agency, the Defense Intelligence Agency, the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, the National Security Agency, and the National Reconnaissance Office; and [<-Struck out]

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        ‘(B) any other Executive agency, or element or unit thereof, determined by the President under section 2302(a)(2)(C)(ii)(II) to have as its principal function the conduct of foreign intelligence or counterintelligence activities; [<-Struck out]

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      ‘(3) the term ‘authorized Member of Congress’ means-- [<-Struck out]

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        ‘(A) with respect to covered information about sources and methods of the Central Intelligence Agency, the Director of National Intelligence, and the National Intelligence Program (as defined in section 3(6) of the National Security Act of 1947), a member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, or any other committees of the House of Representatives or Senate to which this type of information is customarily provided; [<-Struck out]

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        ‘(B) with respect to special access programs specified in section 119 of title 10, an appropriate member of the Congressional defense committees (as defined in such section); and [<-Struck out]

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        ‘(C) with respect to other covered information, a member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, or any other committees of the House of Representatives or the Senate that have oversight over the program which the covered information concerns; and [<-Struck out]

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      ‘(4) the term ‘authorized official of an Executive agency’ shall have such meaning as the Office of Personnel Management shall by regulation prescribe, except that such term shall, with respect to any employee or former employee in an agency, include the head, the general counsel, and the ombudsman of such agency.’. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (b) Clerical Amendment- The table of sections for chapter 23 of title 5, United States Code, is amended by inserting after the item relating to section 2303 the following: [<-Struck out]

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      ‘2303a. National security whistleblower rights.’. [<-Struck out]

[Struck out->] SEC. 1271. ENHANCEMENT OF CONTRACTOR EMPLOYEE WHISTLEBLOWER PROTECTIONS. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (a) Civilian Agency Contracts- Section 315(c) of the Federal Property and Administrative Services Act of 1949 (41 U.S.C. 265(c)) is amended-- [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (1) in paragraph (1), by striking ‘If the head’ and all that follows through ‘actions:’ and inserting the following: ‘Not later than 180 days after submission of a complaint under subsection (b), the head of the executive agency concerned shall determine whether the contractor concerned has subjected the complainant to a reprisal prohibited by subsection (a) and shall either issue an order denying relief or shall take one or more of the following actions:’; and [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (2) by redesignating paragraph (3) as paragraph (4) and adding after paragraph (2) the following new paragraph (3): [<-Struck out]

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    ‘(3) If the head of an executive agency has not issued an order within 180 days after the submission of a complaint under subsection (b) and there is no showing that such delay is due to the bad faith of the complainant, the complainant shall be deemed to have exhausted his administrative remedies with respect to the complaint, and the complainant may bring an action at law or equity for de novo review to seek compensatory damages and other relief available under this section in the appropriate district court of the United States, which shall have jurisdiction over such an action without regard to the amount in controversy, and which action shall, at the request of either party to such action, be tried by the court with a jury.’. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (b) Armed Services Contracts- Section 2409(c) of title 10, United States Code, is amended-- [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (1) in paragraph (1), by striking ‘If the head’ and all that follows through ‘actions:’ and inserting the following: ‘Not later than 180 days after submission of a complaint under subsection (b), the head of the agency concerned shall determine whether the contractor concerned has subjected the complainant to a reprisal prohibited by subsection (a) and shall either issue an order denying relief or shall take one or more of the following actions:’; and [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (2) by redesignating paragraph (3) as paragraph (4) and adding after paragraph (2) the following new paragraph (3): [<-Struck out]

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    ‘(3) If the head of an agency has not issued an order within 180 days after the submission of a complaint under subsection (b) and there is no showing that such delay is due to the bad faith of the complainant, the complainant shall be deemed to have exhausted his administrative remedies with respect to the complaint, and the complainant may bring an action at law or equity for de novo review to seek compensatory damages and other relief available under this section in the appropriate district court of the United States, which shall have jurisdiction over such an action without regard to the amount in controversy, and which action shall, at the request of either party to such action, be tried by the court with a jury.’. [<-Struck out]

[Struck out->] SEC. 1272. PROHIBITED PERSONNEL PRACTICES AFFECTING THE TRANSPORTATION SECURITY ADMINISTRATION. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (a) In General- Chapter 23 of title 5, United States Code, is amended-- [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (1) by redesignating sections 2304 and 2305 as sections 2305 and 2306, respectively; and [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (2) by inserting after section 2303a (as inserted by section 1270) the following: [<-Struck out]

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‘Sec. 2304. Prohibited personnel practices affecting the Transportation Security Administration [<-Struck out]

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    ‘(a) In General- Notwithstanding any other provision of law, any individual holding or applying for a position within the Transportation Security Administration shall be covered by-- [<-Struck out]

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      ‘(1) the provisions of section 2302(b)(1), (8), and (9); [<-Struck out]

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      ‘(2) any provision of law implementing section 2302(b)(1), (8), or (9) by providing any right or remedy available to an employee or applicant for employment in the civil service; and [<-Struck out]

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      ‘(3) any rule or regulation prescribed under any provision of law referred to in paragraph (1) or (2). [<-Struck out]

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    ‘(b) Rule of Construction- Nothing in this section shall be construed to affect any rights, apart from those described in subsection (a), to which an individual described in subsection (a) might otherwise be entitled under law. [<-Struck out]

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    ‘(c) Effective Date- This section shall take effect as of the date of the enactment of this section.’. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (b) Clerical Amendment- The table of sections for chapter 23 of title 5, United States Code, is amended by striking the items relating to sections 2304 and 2305, respectively, and by inserting the following: [<-Struck out]

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      ‘2304. Prohibited personnel practices affecting the Transportation Security Administration. [<-Struck out]

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      ‘2305. Responsibility of the Government Accountability Office. [<-Struck out]

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      ‘2306. Coordination with certain other provisions of law.’. [<-Struck out]

[Struck out->] SEC. 1273. CLARIFICATION OF WHISTLEBLOWER RIGHTS RELATING TO SCIENTIFIC AND OTHER RESEARCH. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (a) In General- Section 2302 of title 5, United States Code, is amended by adding at the end the following: [<-Struck out]

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    ‘(f) As used in section 2302(b)(8), the term ‘abuse of authority’ includes-- [<-Struck out]

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      ‘(1) any action that compromises the validity or accuracy of federally funded research or analysis; [<-Struck out]

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      ‘(2) the dissemination of false or misleading scientific, medical, or technical information; [<-Struck out]

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      ‘(3) any action that restricts or prevents an employee or any person performing federally funded research or analysis from publishing in peer-reviewed journals or other scientific publications or making oral presentations at professional society meetings or other meetings of their peers; and [<-Struck out]

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      ‘(4) any action that discriminates for or against any employee or applicant for employment on the basis of religion, as defined by section 1273(b) of the Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act of 2009.’. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (b) Definition- As used in section 2302(f)(3) of title 5, United States Code (as amended by subsection (a)), the term ‘on the basis of religion’ means-- [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (1) prohibiting personal religious expression by Federal employees to the greatest extent possible, consistent with requirements of law and interests in workplace efficiency; [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (2) requiring religious participation or non-participation as a condition of employment, or permitting religious harassment; [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (3) failing to accommodate employees’ exercise of their religion; [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (4) failing to treat all employees with the same respect and consideration, regardless of their religion (or lack thereof); [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (5) restricting personal religious expression by employees in the Federal workplace except where the employee’s interest in the expression is outweighed by the government’s interest in the efficient provision of public services or where the expression intrudes upon the legitimate rights of other employees or creates the appearance, to a reasonable observer, of an official endorsement of religion; [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (6) regulating employees’ personal religious expression on the basis of its content or viewpoint, or suppressing employees’ private religious speech in the workplace while leaving unregulated other private employee speech that has a comparable effect on the efficiency of the workplace, including ideological speech on politics and other topics; [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (7) failing to exercise their authority in an evenhanded and restrained manner, and with regard for the fact that Americans are used to expressions of disagreement on controversial subjects, including religious ones; [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (8) failing to permit an employee to engage in private religious expression in personal work areas not regularly open to the public to the same extent that they may engage in nonreligious private expression, subject to reasonable content- and viewpoint-neutral standards and restrictions; [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (9) failing to permit an employee to engage in religious expression with fellow employees, to the same extent that they may engage in comparable nonreligious private expression, subject to reasonable and content-neutral standards and restrictions; [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (10) failing to permit an employee to engage in religious expression directed at fellow employees, and may even attempt to persuade fellow employees of the correctness of their religious views, to the same extent as those employees may engage in comparable speech not involving religion; [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (11) inhibiting an employee from urging a colleague to participate or not to participate in religious activities to the same extent that, consistent with concerns of workplace efficiency, they may urge their colleagues to engage in or refrain from other personal endeavors, except that the employee must refrain from such expression when a fellow employee asks that it stop or otherwise demonstrates that it is unwelcome; [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (12) failing to prohibit expression that is part of a larger pattern of verbal attacks on fellow employees (or a specific employee) not sharing the faith of the speaker; [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (13) preventing an employee from-- [<-Struck out]

        [Struck out->] (A) wearing personal religious jewelry absent special circumstances (such as safety concerns) that might require a ban on all similar nonreligious jewelry; or [<-Struck out]

        [Struck out->] (B) displaying religious art and literature in their personal work areas to the same extent that they may display other art and literature, so long as the viewing public would reasonably understand the religious expression to be that of the employee acting in her personal capacity, and not that of the government itself; [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (14) prohibiting an employee from using their private time to discuss religion with willing coworkers in public spaces to the same extent as they may discuss other subjects, so long as the public would reasonably understand the religious expression to be that of the employees acting in their personal capacities; [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (15) discriminating against an employee on the basis of their religion, religious beliefs, or views concerning their religion by promoting, refusing to promote, hiring, refusing to hire, or otherwise favoring or disfavoring, an employee or potential employee because of his or her religion, religious beliefs, or views concerning religion, or by explicitly or implicitly, insisting that the employee participate in religious activities as a condition of continued employment, promotion, salary increases, preferred job assignments, or any other incidents of employment or insisting that an employee refrain from participating in religious activities outside the workplace except pursuant to otherwise legal, neutral restrictions that apply to employees’ off-duty conduct and expression in general (such as restrictions on political activities prohibited by the Hatch Act); [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (16) prohibiting a supervisor’s religious expression where it is not coercive and is understood to be his or her personal view, in the same way and to the same extent as other constitutionally valued speech; [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (17) permitting a hostile environment, or religious harassment, in the form of religiously discriminatory intimidation, or pervasive or severe religious ridicule or insult, whether by supervisors or fellow workers, as determined by its frequency or repetitiveness, and severity; [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (18) failing to accommodate an employee’s exercise of their religion unless such accommodation would impose an undue hardship on the conduct of the agency’s operations, based on real rather than speculative or hypothetical cost and without disfavoring other, nonreligious accommodations; and [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (19) in those cases where an agency’s work rule imposes a substantial burden on a particular employee’s exercise of religion, failing to grant the employee an exemption from that rule, absent a compelling interest in denying the exemption and where there is no less restrictive means of furthering that interest. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (c) Rule of Construction- Nothing in this section shall be construed to create any new right, benefit, or trust responsibility, substantive or procedural, enforceable at law or equity by a party against the United States, its agencies, its officers, or any person. [<-Struck out]

[Struck out->] SEC. 1274. EFFECTIVE DATE. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] This part shall take effect 30 days after the date of the enactment of this Act, except as provided in the amendment made by section 1272(a)(2). [<-Struck out]

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TITLE II--AGRICULTURE, NUTRITION, AND RURAL DEVELOPMENT

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[Struck out->] DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE [<-Struck out]

[Struck out->] Agriculture Buildings and Facilities and Rental Payments [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] For an additional amount for ‘Agriculture Buildings and Facilities and Rental Payments’, $44,000,000, for necessary construction, repair, and improvement activities: Provided, That section 1106 of this Act shall not apply to this appropriation. [<-Struck out]

[Struck out->] Agricultural Research Service [<-Struck out]

[Struck out->] buildings and facilities [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] For an additional amount for ‘Buildings and Facilities’, $209,000,000, for work on deferred maintenance at Agricultural Research Service facilities: Provided, That priority in the use of such funds shall be given to critical deferred maintenance, to projects that can be completed, and to activities that can commence promptly following enactment of this Act. [<-Struck out]

[Struck out->] Farm Service Agency [<-Struck out]

[Struck out->] salaries and expenses [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] For an additional amount for ‘Salaries and Expenses,’ $245,000,000, for the purpose of maintaining and modernizing the information technology system: Provided, That section 1106 of this Act shall not apply to this appropriation. [<-Struck out]

[Struck out->] Natural Resources Conservation Service [<-Struck out]

[Struck out->] watershed and flood prevention operations [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] For an additional amount for ‘Watershed and Flood Prevention Operations’, $350,000,000, of which $175,000,000 is for necessary expenses to purchase and restore floodplain easements as authorized by section 403 of the Agricultural Credit Act of 1978 (16 U.S.C. 2203) (except that no more than $50,000,000 of the amount provided for the purchase of floodplain easements may be obligated for projects in any one State): Provided, That section 1106 of this Act shall not apply to this appropriation: Provided further, That priority in the use of such funds shall be given to projects that can be fully funded and completed with the funds appropriated in this Act, and to activities that can commence promptly following enactment of this Act. [<-Struck out]

[Struck out->] watershed rehabilitation program [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] For an additional amount for ‘Watershed Rehabilitation Program’, $50,000,000, for necessary expenses to carry out rehabilitation of structural measures: Provided, That section 1106 of this Act shall not apply to this appropriation: Provided further, That priority in the use of such funds shall be given to projects that can be fully funded and completed with the funds appropriated in this Act, and to activities that can commence promptly following enactment of this Act. [<-Struck out]

[Struck out->] Rural Development Programs [<-Struck out]

[Struck out->] rural community advancement program [<-Struck out]

[Struck out->] (including transfers of funds) [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] For an additional amount for gross obligations for the principal amount of direct and guaranteed loans as authorized by sections 306 and 310B and described in sections 381E(d)(1), 381E(d)(2), and 381E(d)(3) of the Consolidated Farm and Rural Development Act, to be available from the rural community advancement program, as follows: $5,838,000,000, of which $1,102,000,000 is for rural community facilities direct loans, of which $2,000,000,000 is for business and industry guaranteed loans, and of which $2,736,000,000 is for rural water and waste disposal direct loans. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] For an additional amount for the cost of direct loans, loan guarantees, and grants, including the cost of modifying loans, as defined in section 502 of the Congressional Budget Act of 1974, as follows: $1,800,000,000, of which $63,000,000 is for rural community facilities direct loans, of which $137,000,000 is for rural community facilities grants authorized under section 306(a) of the Consolidated Farm and Rural Development Act, of which $87,000,000 is for business and industry guaranteed loans, of which $13,000,000 is for rural business enterprise grants authorized under section 310B of the Consolidated Farm and Rural Development Act, of which $400,000,000 is for rural water and waste disposal direct loans, and of which $1,100,000,000 is for rural water and waste disposal grants authorized under section 306(a): Provided, That the amounts appropriated under this heading shall be transferred to, and merged with, the appropriation for ‘Rural Housing Service, Rural Community Facilities Program Account’, the appropriation for ‘Rural Business-Cooperative Service, Rural Business Program Account’, and the appropriation for ‘Rural Utilities Service, Rural Water and Waste Disposal Program Account’: Provided further, That priority for awarding such funds shall be given to project applications that demonstrate that, if the application is approved, all project elements will be fully funded: Provided further, That priority for awarding such funds shall be given to project applications for activities that can be completed if the requested funds are provided: Provided further, That priority for awarding such funds shall be given to activities that can commence promptly following enactment of this Act. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] In addition to other available funds, the Secretary of Agriculture may use not more than 3 percent of the funds made available under this account for administrative costs to carry out loans, loan guarantees, and grants funded under this account, which shall be transferred and merged with the appropriation for ‘Rural Development, Salaries and Expenses’ and shall remain available until September 30, 2012: Provided, That the authority provided in this paragraph shall apply to appropriations under this heading in lieu of the provisions of section 1106 of this Act. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] Funds appropriated by this Act to the Rural Community Advancement Program for rural community facilities, rural business, and rural water and waste disposal direct loans, loan guarantees and grants may be transferred among these programs: Provided, That the Committees on Appropriations of the House of Representatives and the Senate shall be notified at least 15 days in advance of any transfer. [<-Struck out]

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    [Struck out->] For an additional amount of gross obligations for the principal amount of direct and guaranteed loans as authorized by title V of the Housing Act of 1949, to be available from funds in the rural housing insurance fund, as follows: $22,129,000,000 for loans to section 502 borrowers, of which $4,018,000,000 shall be for direct loans, and of which $18,111,000,000 shall be for unsubsidized guaranteed loans. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] For an additional amount for the cost of direct and guaranteed loans, including the cost of modifying loans, as defined in section 502 of the Congressional Budget Act of 1974, as follows: section 502 loans, $500,000,000, of which $270,000,000 shall be for direct loans, and of which $230,000,000 shall be for unsubsidized guaranteed loans. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] In addition to other available funds, the Secretary of Agriculture may use not more than 3 percent of the funds made available under this account for administrative costs to carry out loans and loan guarantees funded under this account, of which $1,750,000 will be committed to agency projects associated with maintaining the compliance, safety, and soundness of the portfolio of loans guaranteed through the section 502 guaranteed loan program: Provided, These funds shall be transferred and merged with the appropriation for ‘Rural Development, Salaries and Expenses’: Provided further, That the authority provided in this paragraph shall apply to appropriations under this heading in lieu of the provisions of section 1106 of this Act. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] Funds appropriated by this Act to the Rural Housing Insurance Fund Program account for section 502 direct loans and unsubsidized guaranteed loans may be transferred between these programs: Provided, That the Committees on Appropriations of the House of Representatives and the Senate shall be notified at least 15 days in advance of any transfer. [<-Struck out]

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[Struck out->] distance learning, telemedicine, and broadband program [<-Struck out]

[Struck out->] (including transfers of funds) [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] For an additional amount for the cost of broadband loans and loan guarantees, as authorized by the Rural Electrification Act of 1936 (7 U.S.C. 901 et seq.) and for grants, $2,825,000,000: Provided, That the cost of direct and guaranteed loans shall be as defined in section 502 of the Congressional Budget Act of 1974: Provided further, That, notwithstanding title VI of the Rural Electrification Act of 1936, this amount is available for grants, loans and loan guarantees for open access broadband infrastructure in any area of the United States: Provided further, That at least 75 percent of the area to be served by a project receiving funds from such grants, loans or loan guarantees shall be in a rural area without sufficient access to high speed broadband service to facilitate rural economic development, as determined by the Secretary of Agriculture: Provided further, That priority for awarding funds made available under this paragraph shall be given to projects that provide service to the most rural residents that do not have access to broadband service: Provided further, That priority shall be given for project applications from borrowers or former borrowers under title II of the Rural Electrification Act of 1936 and for project applications that include such borrowers or former borrowers: Provided further, That notwithstanding section 1103 of this Act, 50 percent of the grants, loans, and loan guarantees made available under this heading shall be awarded not later than September 30, 2009: Provided further, That priority for awarding such funds shall be given to project applications that demonstrate that, if the application is approved, all project elements will be fully funded: Provided further, That priority for awarding such funds shall be given to project applications for activities that can be completed if the requested funds are provided: Provided further, That priority for awarding such funds shall be given to activities that can commence promptly following enactment of this Act: Provided further, That no area of a project funded with amounts made available under this paragraph may receive funding to provide broadband service under the Broadband Deployment Grant Program: Provided further, That the Secretary shall submit a report on planned spending and actual obligations describing the use of these funds not later than 90 days after the date of enactment of this Act, and quarterly thereafter until all funds are obligated, to the Committees on Appropriations of the House of Representatives and the Senate. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] In addition to other available funds, the Secretary may use not more than 3 percent of the funds made available under this account for administrative costs to carry out loans, loan guarantees, and grants funded under this account, which shall be transferred and merged with the appropriation for ‘Rural Development, Salaries and Expenses’ and shall remain available until September 30, 2012: Provided, That the authority provided in this paragraph shall apply to appropriations under this heading in lieu of the provisions of section 1106 of this Act. [<-Struck out]

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[Struck out->] special supplemental nutrition program for women, infants, and children (wic) [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] For an additional amount for the special supplemental nutrition program as authorized by section 17 of the Child Nutrition Act of 1966 (42 U.S.C. 1786), $100,000,000, for the purposes specified in section 17(h)(10)(B)(ii) for the Secretary of Agriculture to provide assistance to State agencies to implement new management information systems or improve existing management information systems for the program. [<-Struck out]

[Struck out->] emergency food assistance program [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] For an additional amount for the emergency food assistance program as authorized by section 27(a) of the Food and Nutrition Act of 2008 (7 U.S.C. 2036(a)) and section 204(a)(1) of the Emergency Food Assistance Act of 1983 (7 U.S.C. 7508(a)(1)), $150,000,000, of which $100,000,000 is for the purchase of commodities and of which $50,000,000 is for costs associated with the distribution of commodities. [<-Struck out]

[Struck out->] GENERAL PROVISIONS, THIS TITLE [<-Struck out]

[Struck out->] SEC. 2001. TEMPORARY INCREASE IN BENEFITS UNDER THE SUPPLEMENTAL NUTRITION ASSISTANCE PROGRAM. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (a) Maximum Benefit Increase- [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (1) IN GENERAL- Beginning the first month that begins not less than 25 days after the date of enactment of this Act, the value of benefits determined under section 8(a) of the Food and Nutrition Act of 2008 and consolidated block grants for Puerto Rico and American Samoa determined under section 19(a) of such Act shall be calculated using 113.6 percent of the June 2008 value of the thrifty food plan as specified under section 3(o) of such Act. [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (2) TERMINATION- [<-Struck out]

        [Struck out->] (A) The authority provided by this subsection shall terminate after September 30, 2009. [<-Struck out]

        [Struck out->] (B) Notwithstanding subparagraph (A), the Secretary of Agriculture may not reduce the value of the maximum allotment below the level in effect for fiscal year 2009 as a result of paragraph (1). [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (b) Requirements for the Secretary- In carrying out this section, the Secretary shall-- [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (1) consider the benefit increases described in subsection (a) to be a ‘mass change’; [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (2) require a simple process for States to notify households of the increase in benefits; [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (3) consider section 16(c)(3)(A) of the Food and Nutrition Act of 2008 (7 U.S.C. 2025(c)(3)(A)) to apply to any errors in the implementation of this section, without regard to the 120-day limit described in that section; and [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (4) have the authority to take such measures as necessary to ensure the efficient administration of the benefits provided in this section. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (c) Administrative Expenses- [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (1) IN GENERAL- For the costs of State administrative expenses associated with carrying out this section, the Secretary shall make available $150,000,000 in each of fiscal years 2009 and 2010, to remain available through September 30, 2012, of which $4,500,000 is for necessary expenses of the Food and Nutrition Service for management and oversight of the program and for monitoring the integrity and evaluating the effects of the payments made under this section. [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (2) AVAILABILITY OF FUNDS- Funds described in paragraph (1) shall be made available as grants to State agencies based on each State’s share of households that participate in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program as reported to the Department of Agriculture for the 12-month period ending with June, 2008. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (d) Treatment of Jobless Workers- Beginning with the first month that begins not less than 25 days after the date of enactment of this Act, and for each subsequent month through September 30, 2010, jobless adults who comply with work registration and employment and training requirements under section 6, section 20, or section 26 of the Food and Nutrition Act of 2008 (7 U.S.C. 2015, 2029, or 2035) shall not be disqualified from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program because of the provisions of section 6(o)(2) of such Act (7 U.S.C. 2015(o)(2)). Beginning on October 1, 2010, for the purposes of section 6(o), a State agency shall disregard any period during which an individual received Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits prior to October 1, 2010. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (e) Funding- There is appropriated to the Secretary of Agriculture such sums as are necessary to carry out this section, to remain available until expended. Section 1106 of this Act shall not apply to this appropriation. [<-Struck out]

[Struck out->] SEC. 2002. AFTERSCHOOL FEEDING PROGRAM FOR AT-RISK CHILDREN. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] Section 17(r) of the Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act (42 U.S.C. 1766(r)) is amended by striking paragraph (5). [<-Struck out]

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TITLE III--COMMERCE, JUSTICE, AND SCIENCE

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Subtitle A--Commerce

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[Struck out->] DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE [<-Struck out]

[Struck out->] Economic Development Administration [<-Struck out]

[Struck out->] Economic Development Assistance Programs [<-Struck out]

[Struck out->] (including transfer of funds) [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] For an additional amount for ‘Economic Development Assistance Programs’, $250,000,000: Provided, That the amount set aside from this appropriation pursuant to section 1106 of this Act shall not exceed 2 percent instead of the percentage specified in such section: Provided further, That the amount set aside pursuant to the previous proviso shall be transferred to and merged with the appropriation for ‘Salaries and Expenses’ for purposes of program administration and oversight: Provided further, That up to $50,000,000 may be transferred to federally authorized regional economic development commissions. [<-Struck out]

[Struck out->] Bureau of the Census [<-Struck out]

[Struck out->] periodic censuses and programs [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] For an additional amount for ‘Periodic Censuses and Programs’, $1,000,000,000: Provided, That section 1106 of this Act shall not apply to funds provided under this heading. [<-Struck out]

[Struck out->] National Telecommunications and Information Administration [<-Struck out]

[Struck out->] salaries and expenses [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] For an additional amount for ‘Salaries and Expenses’, $350,000,000, to remain available until September 30, 2011: Provided, That funds shall be available to establish the State Broadband Data and Development Grant Program, as authorized by Public Law 110-385, for the development and implementation of statewide initiatives to identify and track the availability and adoption of broadband services within each State, and to develop and maintain a nationwide broadband inventory map, as authorized by section 6001 of division B of this Act. [<-Struck out]

[Struck out->] wireless and broadband deployment grant programs [<-Struck out]

[Struck out->] (including transfer of funds) [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] For necessary expenses related to the Wireless and Broadband Deployment Grant Programs established by section 6002 of division B of this Act, $2,825,000,000, of which $1,000,000,000 shall be for Wireless Deployment Grants and $1,825,000,000 shall be for Broadband Deployment Grants: Provided, That the National Telecommunications and Information Administration shall submit a report on planned spending and actual obligations describing the use of these funds not later than 120 days after the date of enactment of this Act, and an update report not later than 60 days following the initial report, to the Committees on Appropriations of the House of Representatives and the Senate, the Committee on Energy and Commerce of the House of Representatives, and the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation of the Senate: Provided further, That notwithstanding section 1103 of this Act, 50 percent of the grants made available under this heading shall be awarded not later than September 30, 2009: Provided further, That up to 20 percent of the funds provided under this heading for Wireless Deployment Grants and Broadband Deployment Grants may be transferred between these programs: Provided further, That the Committees on Appropriations of the House of Representatives and the Senate shall be notified at least 15 days in advance of any transfer. [<-Struck out]

[Struck out->] digital-to-analog converter box program [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] Notwithstanding any other provision of law, and in addition to amounts otherwise provided in any other Act, for costs associated with the Digital-to-Analog Converter Box Program, $650,000,000, to be available until September 30, 2009: Provided, That these funds shall be available for coupons and related activities, including but not limited to education, consumer support and outreach, as deemed appropriate and necessary to ensure a timely conversion of analog to digital television. [<-Struck out]

[Struck out->] National Institute of Standards and Technology [<-Struck out]

[Struck out->] scientific and technical research and services [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] For an additional amount for ‘Scientific and Technical Research and Services’, $100,000,000. [<-Struck out]

[Struck out->] industrial technology services [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] For an additional amount for ‘Industrial Technology Services’, $100,000,000, of which $70,000,000 shall be available for the necessary expenses of the Technology Innovation Program and $30,000,000 shall be available for the necessary expenses of the Hollings Manufacturing Extension Partnership. [<-Struck out]

[Struck out->] construction of research facilities [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] For an additional amount for ‘Construction of Research Facilities’, as authorized by sections 13 through 15 of the Act of March 13, 1901 (15 U.S.C. 278c-278e), $300,000,000, for a competitive construction grant program for research science buildings: Provided further, That for peer-reviewed grants made under this heading, the time limitation provided in section 1103(b) of this Act shall be 120 days. [<-Struck out]

[Struck out->] National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration [<-Struck out]

[Struck out->] operations, research, and facilities [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] For an additional amount for ‘Operations, Research, and Facilities’, $400,000,000, for habitat restoration and mitigation activities. [<-Struck out]

[Struck out->] procurement, acquisition and construction [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] For an additional amount for ‘Procurement, Acquisition and Construction’, $600,000,000, for accelerating satellite development and acquisition, acquiring climate sensors and climate modeling capacity, and establishing climate data records: Provided further, That not less than $140,000,000 shall be available for climate data modeling. [<-Struck out]

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Subtitle B--Justice

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[Struck out->] DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE [<-Struck out]

[Struck out->] State and Local Law Enforcement Activities [<-Struck out]

[Struck out->] Office of Justice Programs [<-Struck out]

[Struck out->] state and local law enforcement assistance [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] For an additional amount for ‘State and Local Law Enforcement Assistance’, $3,000,000,000, to be available for the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant Program as authorized by subpart 1 of part E of title I of the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968, (except that section 1001(c), and the special rules for Puerto Rico under section 505(g), of such Act shall not apply for purposes of this Act): Provided, That section 1106 of this Act shall not apply to funds provided under this heading. [<-Struck out]

[Struck out->] community oriented policing services [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] For an additional amount for ‘Community Oriented Policing Services’, $1,000,000,000, to be available for grants under section 1701 of title I of the 1968 Act (42 U.S.C. 3796dd) for the hiring and rehiring of additional career law enforcement officers under part Q of such title notwithstanding subsection (i) of such section: Provided, That for peer-reviewed grants made under this heading, the time limitation provided in section 1103(b) of this Act shall be 120 days. [<-Struck out]

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[Struck out->] GENERAL PROVISIONS, THIS SUBTITLE [<-Struck out]

[Struck out->] SEC. 3201. WAIVER OF MATCHING REQUIREMENT AND SALARY LIMIT UNDER COPS PROGRAM. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] Sections 1701(g) and 1704(c) of the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Street Act of 1968 (42 U.S.C. 3796dd(g) and 3796dd-3(c)) shall not apply with respect to funds appropriated in this or any other Act making appropriations for fiscal year 2009 or 2010 for Community Oriented Policing Services authorized under part Q of such Act of 1968. [<-Struck out]

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Subtitle C--Science

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[Struck out->] NATIONAL AERONAUTICS AND SPACE ADMINISTRATION [<-Struck out]

[Struck out->] science [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] For an additional amount for ‘Science’, $400,000,000, of which not less than $250,000,000 shall be solely for accelerating the development of the tier 1 set of Earth science climate research missions recommended by the National Academies Decadal Survey. [<-Struck out]

[Struck out->] aeronautics [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] For an additional amount for ‘Aeronautics’, $150,000,000. [<-Struck out]

[Struck out->] cross agency support programs [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] For an additional amount for ‘Cross Agency Support Programs’, for necessary expenses for restoration and mitigation of National Aeronautics and Space Administration owned infrastructure and facilities related to the consequences of hurricanes, floods, and other natural disasters occurring during 2008 for which the President declared a major disaster under title IV of the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act of 1974, $50,000,000. [<-Struck out]

[Struck out->] NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION [<-Struck out]

[Struck out->] research and related activities [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] For an additional amount for ‘Research and Related Activities’, $2,500,000,000: Provided, That $300,000,000 shall be available solely for the Major Research Instrumentation program and $200,000,000 shall be for activities authorized by title II of Public Law 100-570 for academic research facilities modernization: Provided, That for peer-reviewed grants made under this heading, the time limitation provided in section 1103(b) of this Act shall be 120 days. [<-Struck out]

[Struck out->] education and human resources [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] For an additional amount for ‘Education and Human Resources’, $100,000,000: Provided, That $60,000,000 shall be for activities authorized by section 7030 of Public Law 110-69 and $40,000,000 shall be for activities authorized by section 9 of the National Science Foundation Authorization Act of 2002 (42 U.S.C. 1862n). [<-Struck out]

[Struck out->] major research equipment and facilities construction [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] For an additional amount for ‘Major Research Equipment and Facilities Construction’, $400,000,000, which shall be available only for approved projects. [<-Struck out]

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TITLE IV--DEFENSE

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[Struck out->] DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE [<-Struck out]

[Struck out->] Facility Infrastructure Investments, Defense [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] For expenses, not otherwise provided for, to improve, repair and modernize Department of Defense facilities, restore and modernize Army barracks, and invest in the energy efficiency of Department of Defense facilities, $4,500,000,000, for Facilities Sustainment, Restoration and Modernization programs of the Department of Defense (including minor construction and major maintenance and repair), which shall be available as follows: [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (1) ‘Operation and Maintenance, Army’, $1,490,804,000. [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (2) ‘Operation and Maintenance, Navy’, $624,380,000. [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (3) ‘Operation and Maintenance, Marine Corps’, $128,499,000. [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (4) ‘Operation and Maintenance, Air Force’, $1,236,810,000. [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (5) ‘Defense Health Program’, $454,658,000. [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (6) ‘Operation and Maintenance, Army Reserve’, $110,899,000. [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (7) ‘Operation and Maintenance, Navy Reserve’, $62,162,000. [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (8) ‘Operation and Maintenance, Marine Corps Reserve’, $45,038,000. [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (9) ‘Operation and Maintenance, Air Force Reserve’, $14,881,000. [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (10) ‘Operation and Maintenance, Army National Guard’, $302,700,000. [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (11) ‘Operation and Maintenance, Air National Guard’, $29,169,000. [<-Struck out]

[Struck out->] Energy Research and Development, Defense [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] For expenses, not otherwise provided for, for research, development, test and evaluation programs for improvements in energy generation, transmission, regulation, use, and storage, for military installations, military vehicles, and other military equipment, $350,000,000, which shall be available as follows: [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (1) ‘Research, Development, Test and Evaluation, Army’, $87,500,000. [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (2) ‘Research, Development, Test and Evaluation, Navy’, $87,500,000. [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (3) ‘Research, Development, Test and Evaluation, Air Force’, $87,500,000. [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (4) ‘Research, Development, Test and Evaluation, Defense-Wide’, $87,500,000 [<-Struck out]

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TITLE V--ENERGY AND WATER

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[Struck out->] DEPARTMENT OF THE ARMY [<-Struck out]

[Struck out->] Corps of Engineers--Civil [<-Struck out]

[Struck out->] construction [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] For an additional amount for ‘Construction’, $2,000,000,000: Provided, That section 102 of Public Law 109-103 (33 U.S.C. 2221) shall not apply to funds provided in this paragraph: Provided further, That notwithstanding any other provision of law, funds provided in this paragraph shall not be cost shared with the Inland Waterways Trust Fund as authorized in Public Law 99-662: Provided further, That funds provided in this paragraph may only be used for programs, projects or activities previously funded: Provided further, That the Corps of Engineers is directed to prioritize funding for activities based on the ability to accelerate existing contracts or fully fund project elements and contracts for such elements in a time period of 2 years after the date of enactment of this Act giving preference to projects and activities that are labor intensive: Provided further, That funds provided in this paragraph shall be used for elements of projects, programs or activities that can be completed using funds provided herein: Provided further, That funds appropriated in this paragraph may be used by the Secretary of the Army, acting through the Chief of Engineers, to undertake work authorized to be carried out in accordance with one or more of section 14 of the Flood Control Act of 1946 (33 U.S.C. 701r), section 205 of the Flood Control Act of 1948 (33 U.S.C. 701s), section 206 of the Water Resources Development Act of 1996 (33 U.S.C. 2330), and section 1135 of the Water Resources Development Act of 1986 (33 U.S.C. 2309a), notwithstanding the program cost limitations set forth in those sections: Provided further, That the limitation concerning total project costs in section 902 of the Water Resources Development Act of 1986, as amended (33 U.S.C. 2280), shall not apply during fiscal year 2009 to any project that received funds provided in this title: Provided further, That for projects that are being completed with funds appropriated in this Act that are otherwise expired or lapsed for obligation, expired or lapsed funds appropriated in this Act may be used to pay the cost of associated supervision, inspection, overhead, engineering and design on those projects and on subsequent claims, if any: Provided further, That the Secretary of the Army shall submit a quarterly report to the Committees on Appropriations of the House of Representatives and the Senate detailing the allocation, obligation and expenditures of these funds, beginning not later than 45 days after enactment of this Act. [<-Struck out]

[Struck out->] mississippi river and tributaries [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] For an additional amount for ‘Mississippi River and Tributaries’, $250,000,000: Provided, That funds provided in this paragraph may only be used for programs, projects, or activities previously funded: Provided further, That the Corps of Engineers is directed to prioritize funding for activities based on the ability to accelerate existing contracts or fully fund project elements and contracts for such elements in a time period of 2 years after the date of enactment of this Act giving preference to projects and activities that are labor intensive: Provided further, That funds provided in this paragraph shall be used for elements of projects, programs, or activities that can be completed using funds provided herein: Provided further, That for projects that are being completed with funds appropriated in this Act that are otherwise expired or lapsed for obligation, expired or lapsed funds appropriated in this Act may be used to pay the cost of associated supervision, inspection, overhead, engineering and design on those projects and on subsequent claims, if any: Provided further, That the Secretary of the Army shall submit a quarterly report to the Committees on Appropriations of the House of Representatives and the Senate detailing the allocation, obligation and expenditures of these funds, beginning not later than 45 days after enactment of this Act. [<-Struck out]

[Struck out->] operation and maintenance [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] For an additional amount for ‘Operation and Maintenance’, $2,225,000,000: Provided, That the Corps of Engineers is directed to prioritize funding for activities based on the ability to accelerate existing contracts or fully fund project elements and contracts for such elements in a time period of 2 years after the date of enactment of this Act giving preference to projects and activities that are labor intensive: Provided further, That funds provided in this paragraph shall be used for elements of projects, programs, or activities that can be completed using funds provided herein: Provided further, That for projects that are being completed with funds appropriated in this Act that are otherwise expired or lapsed for obligation, expired or lapsed funds appropriated in this Act may be used to pay the cost of associated supervision, inspection, overhead, engineering and design on those projects and on subsequent claims, if any: Provided further, That the Secretary of the Army shall submit a quarterly report to the Committees on Appropriations of the House of Representatives and the Senate detailing the allocation, obligation and expenditures of these funds, beginning not later than 45 days after enactment of this Act. [<-Struck out]

[Struck out->] regulatory program [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] For an additional amount for ‘Regulatory Program’, $25,000,000. [<-Struck out]

[Struck out->] DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR [<-Struck out]

[Struck out->] Bureau of Reclamation [<-Struck out]

[Struck out->] water and related resources [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] For an additional amount for ‘Water and Related Resources’, $500,000,000: Provided, That of the amount appropriated under this heading, not less than $126,000,000 shall be used for water reclamation and reuse projects authorized under title XVI of Public Law 102-575: Provided further, That of the amount appropriated under this heading, not less than $80,000,000 shall be used for rural water projects and these funds shall be expended primarily on water intake and treatment facilities of such projects: Provided further, That the costs of reimbursable activities, other than for maintenance and rehabilitation, carried out with funds made available under this heading shall be repaid pursuant to existing authorities and agreements: Provided further, That the costs of maintenance and rehabilitation activities carried out with funds provided in this Act shall be repaid pursuant to existing authority, except the length of repayment period shall be determined on needs-based criteria to be established and adopted by the Commissioner of the Bureau of Reclamation, but in no case shall the repayment period exceed 25 years. [<-Struck out]

[Struck out->] DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY [<-Struck out]

[Struck out->] ENERGY PROGRAMS [<-Struck out]

[Struck out->] Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] For an additional amount for ‘Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy’, $18,500,000,000, which shall be used as follows: [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (1) $2,000,000,000 shall be for expenses necessary for energy efficiency and renewable energy research, development, demonstration and deployment activities, to accelerate the development of technologies, to include advanced batteries, of which not less than $800,000,000 is for biomass and $400,000,000 is for geothermal technologies. [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (2) $500,000,000 shall be for expenses necessary to implement the programs authorized under part E of title III of the Energy Policy and Conservation Act (42 U.S.C. 6341 et seq.). [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (3) $1,000,000,000 shall be for the cost of grants to institutional entities for energy sustainability and efficiency under section 399A of the Energy Policy and Conservation Act (42 U.S.C. 6371h-1). [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (4) $6,200,000,000 shall be for the Weatherization Assistance Program under part A of title IV of the Energy Conservation and Production Act (42 U.S.C. 6861 et seq.). [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (5) $3,500,000,000 shall be for Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grants, for implementation of programs authorized under subtitle E of title V of the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 (42 U.S.C. 17151 et seq.). [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (6) $3,400,000,000 shall be for the State Energy Program authorized under part D of title III of the Energy Policy and Conservation Act (42 U.S.C. 6321). [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (7) $200,000,000 shall be for expenses necessary to implement the programs authorized under section 131 of the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 (42 U.S.C. 17011). [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (8) $300,000,000 shall be for expenses necessary to implement the program authorized under section 124 of the Energy Policy Act of 2005 (42 U.S.C. 15821) and the Energy Star program. [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (9) $400,000,000 shall be for expenses necessary to implement the program authorized under section 721 of the Energy Policy Act of 2005 (42 U.S.C. 16071). [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (10) $1,000,000,000 shall be for expenses necessary for the manufacturing of advanced batteries authorized under section 136(b)(1)(B) of the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 (42 U.S.C. 17013(b)(1)(B)): [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] Provided, That notwithstanding section 3304 of title 5, United States Code, and without regard to the provisions of sections 3309 through 3318 of such title 5, the Secretary of Energy may, upon a determination that there is a severe shortage of candidates or a critical hiring need for particular positions, recruit and directly appoint highly qualified individuals into the competitive service: Provided further, That such authority shall not apply to positions in the Excepted Service or the Senior Executive Service: Provided further, That any action authorized herein shall be consistent with the merit principles of section 2301 of such title 5, and the Department shall comply with the public notice requirements of section 3327 of such title 5. [<-Struck out]

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    [Struck out->] For an additional amount for ‘Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability,’ $4,500,000,000: Provided, That funds shall be available for expenses necessary for electricity delivery and energy reliability activities to modernize the electric grid, enhance security and reliability of the energy infrastructure, energy storage research, development, demonstration and deployment, and facilitate recovery from disruptions to the energy supply, and for implementation of programs authorized under title XIII of the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 (42 U.S.C. 17381 et seq.): Provided further, That of such amounts, $100,000,000 shall be for worker training: Provided further, That the Secretary of Energy may use or transfer amounts provided under this heading to carry out new authority for transmission improvements, if such authority is enacted in any subsequent Act, consistent with existing fiscal management practices and procedures. [<-Struck out]

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    [Struck out->] For the cost of guaranteed loans as authorized by section 135 of the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 (42 U.S.C. 17012), $1,000,000,000, to remain available until expended: Provided, That of such amount, $10,000,000 shall be used for administrative expenses in carrying out the guaranteed loan program, and shall be in lieu of the amount set aside under section 1106 of this Act: Provided further, That the cost of such loans, including the cost of modifying such loans, shall be as defined in section 502 of the Congressional Budget Act of 1974. [<-Struck out]

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    [Struck out->] For the cost of guaranteed loans as authorized by section 399A of the Energy Policy and Conservation Act (42 U.S.C. 6371h-1), $500,000,000: Provided, That of such amount, $10,000,000 shall be used for administrative expenses in carrying out the guaranteed loan program, and shall be in lieu of the amount set aside under section 1106 of this Act: Provided further, That the cost of such loans, including the cost of modifying such loans, shall be as defined in section 502 of the Congressional Budget Act of 1974. [<-Struck out]

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    [Struck out->] For an additional amount for ‘Innovative Technology Loan Guarantee Program’ for the cost of guaranteed loans authorized by section 1705 of the Energy Policy Act of 2005, $8,000,000,000: Provided, That of such amount, $25,000,000 shall be used for administrative expenses in carrying out the guaranteed loan program, and shall be in lieu of the amount set aside under section 1106 of this Act: Provided further, That the cost of such loans, including the cost of modifying such loans, shall be as defined in section 502 of the Congressional Budget Act of 1974. [<-Struck out]

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    [Struck out->] For an additional amount for ‘Fossil Energy’, $2,400,000,000 for necessary expenses to demonstrate carbon capture and sequestration technologies as authorized under section 702 of the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007. [<-Struck out]

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    [Struck out->] For an additional amount for ‘Science’, $2,000,000,000: Provided, That of such amounts, not less than $400,000,000 shall be used for the Advanced Research Projects Agency--Energy authorized under section 5012 of the America COMPETES Act (42 U.S.C. 16538): Provided further, That of such amounts, not less than $100,000,000 shall be used for advanced scientific computing. [<-Struck out]

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    [Struck out->] For an additional amount for ‘Defense Environmental Cleanup,’ $500,000,000: Provided, That such amounts shall be used for elements of projects, programs, or activities that can be completed using funds provided herein. [<-Struck out]

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[Struck out->] SEC. 5001. WESTERN AREA POWER ADMINISTRATION BORROWING AUTHORITY. [<-Struck out]

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‘TITLE III--BORROWING AUTHORITY

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‘SEC. 301. WESTERN AREA POWER ADMINISTRATION BORROWING AUTHORITY. [<-Struck out]

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    ‘(a) Definitions- In this section-- [<-Struck out]

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      ‘(1) ADMINISTRATOR- The term ‘Administrator’ means the Administrator of the Western Area Power Administration. [<-Struck out]

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      ‘(2) SECRETARY- The term ‘Secretary’ means the Secretary of the Treasury. [<-Struck out]

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    ‘(b) Authority- [<-Struck out]

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      ‘(1) IN GENERAL- Notwithstanding any other provision of law, subject to paragraphs (2) through (5)-- [<-Struck out]

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        ‘(A) the Western Area Power Administration may borrow funds from the Treasury; and [<-Struck out]

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        ‘(B) the Secretary shall, without further appropriation and without fiscal year limitation, loan to the Western Area Power Administration, on such terms as may be fixed by the Administrator and the Secretary, such sums (not to exceed, in the aggregate (including deferred interest), $3,250,000,000 in outstanding repayable balances at any 1 time) as, in the judgment of the Administrator, are from time to time required for the purpose of-- [<-Struck out]

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          ‘(i) constructing, financing, facilitating, or studying construction of new or upgraded electric power transmission lines and related facilities with at least 1 terminus within the area served by the Western Area Power Administration; and [<-Struck out]

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          ‘(ii) delivering or facilitating the delivery of power generated by renewable energy resources constructed or reasonably expected to be constructed after the date of enactment of this section. [<-Struck out]

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      ‘(2) INTEREST- The rate of interest to be charged in connection with any loan made pursuant to this subsection shall be fixed by the Secretary, taking into consideration market yields on outstanding marketable obligations of the United States of comparable maturities as of the date of the loan. [<-Struck out]

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      ‘(3) REFINANCING- The Western Area Power Administration may refinance loans taken pursuant to this section within the Treasury. [<-Struck out]

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      ‘(4) PARTICIPATION- The Administrator may permit other entities to participate in projects financed under this section. [<-Struck out]

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      ‘(5) CONGRESSIONAL REVIEW OF DISBURSEMENT- Effective upon the date of enactment of this section, the Administrator shall have the authority to have utilized $1,750,000,000 at any one time. If the Administrator seeks to borrow funds above $1,750,000,000, the funds will be disbursed unless there is enacted, within 90 calendar days of the first such request, a joint resolution that rescinds the remainder of the balance of the borrowing authority provided in this section. [<-Struck out]

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    ‘(c) Transmission Line and Related Facility Projects- [<-Struck out]

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      ‘(1) IN GENERAL- For repayment purposes, each transmission line and related facility project in which the Western Area Power Administration participates pursuant to this section shall be treated as separate and distinct from-- [<-Struck out]

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        ‘(A) each other such project; and [<-Struck out]

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        ‘(B) all other Western Area Power Administration power and transmission facilities. [<-Struck out]

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      ‘(2) PROCEEDS- The Western Area Power Administration shall apply the proceeds from the use of the transmission capacity from an individual project under this section to the repayment of the principal and interest of the loan from the Treasury attributable to that project, after reserving such funds as the Western Area Power Administration determines are necessary-- [<-Struck out]

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        ‘(A) to pay for any ancillary services that are provided; and [<-Struck out]

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        ‘(B) to meet the costs of operating and maintaining the new project from which the revenues are derived. [<-Struck out]

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      ‘(3) SOURCE OF REVENUE- Revenue from the use of projects under this section shall be the only source of revenue for-- [<-Struck out]

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        ‘(A) repayment of the associated loan for the project; and [<-Struck out]

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        ‘(B) payment of expenses for ancillary services and operation and maintenance. [<-Struck out]

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      ‘(4) LIMITATION ON AUTHORITY- Nothing in this section confers on the Administrator any obligation to provide ancillary services to users of transmission facilities developed under this section. [<-Struck out]

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    ‘(d) Certification- [<-Struck out]

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      ‘(1) IN GENERAL- For each project in which the Western Area Power Administration participates pursuant to this section, the Administrator shall certify, prior to committing funds for any such project, that-- [<-Struck out]

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        ‘(A) the project is in the public interest; [<-Struck out]

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        ‘(B) the project will not adversely impact system reliability or operations, or other statutory obligations; and [<-Struck out]

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        ‘(C) it is reasonable to expect that the proceeds from the project shall be adequate to make repayment of the loan. [<-Struck out]

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      ‘(2) FORGIVENESS OF BALANCES- [<-Struck out]

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        ‘(A) IN GENERAL- If, at the end of the useful life of a project, there is a remaining balance owed to the Treasury under this section, the balance shall be forgiven. [<-Struck out]

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        ‘(B) UNCONSTRUCTED PROJECTS- Funds expended to study projects that are considered pursuant to this section but that are not constructed shall be forgiven. [<-Struck out]

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        ‘(C) NOTIFICATION- The Administrator shall notify the Secretary of such amounts as are to be forgiven under this paragraph. [<-Struck out]

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    ‘(e) Public Processes- [<-Struck out]

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      ‘(1) POLICIES AND PRACTICES- Prior to requesting any loans under this section, the Administrator shall use a public process to develop practices and policies that implement the authority granted by this section. [<-Struck out]

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      ‘(2) REQUESTS FOR INTERESTS- In the course of selecting potential projects to be funded under this section, the Administrator shall seek requests for interest from entities interested in identifying potential projects through one or more notices published in the Federal Register.’. [<-Struck out]

[Struck out->] SEC. 5002. BONNEVILLE POWER ADMINISTRATION. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] For the purposes of providing funds to assist in financing the construction, acquisition, and replacement of the transmission system of the Bonneville Power Administration and to implement the authority of the Administrator under the Pacific Northwest Electric Power Planning and Conservation Act (16 U.S.C. 839 et seq.), an additional $3,250,000,000 in borrowing authority is made available under the Federal Columbia River Transmission System Act (16 U.S.C. 838 et seq.), to remain outstanding at any time. [<-Struck out]

[Struck out->] SEC. 5003. APPROPRIATIONS TRANSFER AUTHORITY. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] Not to exceed 20 percent of the amounts made available in this Act to the Department of Energy for ‘Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy’, ‘Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability’, and ‘Advanced Battery Loan Guarantee Program’ may be transferred within and between such accounts, except that no amount specified under any such heading may be increased or decreased by more than a total of 20 percent by such transfers, and notification of such transfers shall be submitted promptly to the Committees on Appropriations of the House of Representatives and the Senate. [<-Struck out]

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TITLE VI--FINANCIAL SERVICES AND GENERAL GOVERNMENT

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Subtitle A--General Services

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[Struck out->] General Services Administration [<-Struck out]

[Struck out->] federal buildings fund [<-Struck out]

[Struck out->] limitations on availability of revenue [<-Struck out]

[Struck out->] (including transfer of funds) [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] For an additional amount to be deposited in the Federal Buildings Fund, $7,700,000,000 for real property activities with priority given to activities that can commence promptly following enactment of this Act; of which up to $1,000,000,000 shall be used for construction, repair, and alteration of border facilities and land ports of entry; of which not less than $6,000,000,000 shall be used for construction, repair, and alteration of Federal buildings for projects that will create the greatest impact on energy efficiency and conservation; of which $108,000,000 shall remain available until September 30, 2012, and shall be used for rental of space costs associated with the construction, repair, and alteration of these projects; Provided, That of the amounts provided, $160,000,000 shall remain available until September 30, 2012, and shall be for building operations in support of the activities described in this paragraph: Provided further, That the preceding proviso shall apply to this appropriation in lieu of the provisions of section 1106 of this Act: Provided further, That the Administrator of General Services is authorized to initiate design, construction, repair, alteration, leasing, and other projects through existing authorities of the Administrator: Provided further, That the Administrator shall submit a detailed plan, by project, regarding the use of funds to the Committees on Appropriations of the House of Representatives and the Senate within 30 days after enactment of this Act, and shall provide notification to the Committees within 15 days prior to any changes regarding the use of these funds: Provided further, That the Administrator shall report to the Committees on the obligation of these funds on a quarterly basis beginning on June 30, 2009: Provided further, That of the amounts provided, $4,000,000 shall be transferred to and merged with ‘Government-Wide Policy’, for the Office of Federal High-Performance Green Buildings as authorized in the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 (Public Law 110-140). [<-Struck out]

[Struck out->] energy efficient federal motor vehicle fleet procurement [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] For capital expenditures and necessary expenses of the General Services Administration’s Motor Vehicle Acquisition and Motor Vehicle Leasing programs for the acquisition of motor vehicles, including plug-in and alternative fuel vehicles, $600,000,000: Provided, That the amount set aside from this appropriation pursuant to section 1106 of this Act shall be 1 percent instead of the percentage specified in such section: Provided further, That none of these funds may be obligated until the Administrator of General Services submits to the Committees on Appropriations of the House of Representatives and the Senate, within 90 days after enactment of this Act, a plan for expenditure of the funds that details the current inventory of the Federal fleet owned by the General Services Administration, as well as other Federal agencies, and the strategy to expend these funds to replace a portion of the Federal fleet with the goal of substantially increasing energy efficiency over the current status, including increasing fuel efficiency and reducing emissions: Provided further, That the Administrator shall report to the Committees on the obligation of these funds on a quarterly basis beginning on June 30, 2009. [<-Struck out]

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Subtitle B--Small Business

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[Struck out->] Small Business Administration [<-Struck out]

[Struck out->] business loans program account [<-Struck out]

[Struck out->] (including transfers of funds) [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] For the cost of direct loans and loan guarantees authorized by sections 6202 through 6205 of this Act, $426,000,000: Provided, That such cost, including the cost of modifying such loans, shall be as defined in section 502 of the Congressional Budget Act of 1974. In addition, for administrative expenses to carry out the direct loan and loan guarantee programs authorized by this Act, $4,000,000, which may be transferred to and merged with the appropriations for Salaries and Expenses: Provided, That this sentence shall apply to this appropriation in lieu of the provisions of section 1106 of this Act. [<-Struck out]

[Struck out->] GENERAL PROVISIONS, THIS SUBTITLE [<-Struck out]

[Struck out->] SEC. 6201. ECONOMIC STIMULUS LENDING PROGRAM FOR SMALL BUSINESSES. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (a) Purpose- The purpose of this section is to permit the Small Business Administration to guarantee up to 95 percent of qualifying small business loans made by eligible lenders. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (b) Definitions- For purposes of this section: [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (1) The term ‘Administrator’ means the Administrator of the Small Business Administration. [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (2) The term ‘qualifying small business loan’ means any loan to a small business concern that would be eligible for a loan guarantee under section 7(a) of the Small Business Act (15 U.S.C. 636) or title V of the Small Business Investment Act of 1958 (15 U.S.C. 695 and following). [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (3) The term ‘small business concern’ has the same meaning as provided by section 3 of the Small Business Act (15 U.S.C. 632). [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (c) Application- In order to participate in the loan guarantee program under this section a lender shall submit an application to the Administrator for the guarantee of up to 95 percent of the principal amount of a qualifying small business loan. The Administrator shall approve or deny each such application within 5 business days after receipt thereof. The Administrator may not delegate to lenders the authority to approve or disapprove such applications. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (d) Fees- The Administrator may charge fees for guarantees issued under this section. Such fees shall not exceed the fees permitted for loan guarantees under section 7(a) of the Small Business Act (15 U.S.C. 631 and following). [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (e) Interest Rates- The Administrator may not guarantee under this section any loan that bears interest at a rate higher than 3 percent above the higher of either of the following as quoted in the Wall Street Journal on the first business day of the week in which such guarantee is issued: [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (1) The London interbank offered rate (LIBOR) for a 3-month period. [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (2) The Prime Rate. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (f) Qualified Borrowers- [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (1) ALIENS UNLAWFULLY PRESENT IN THE UNITED STATES- A loan guarantee may not be made under this section for a loan made to a concern if an individual who is an alien unlawfully present in the United States-- [<-Struck out]

        [Struck out->] (A) has an ownership interest in that concern; or [<-Struck out]

        [Struck out->] (B) has an ownership interest in another concern that itself has an ownership interest in that concern. [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (2) FIRMS IN VIOLATION OF IMMIGRATION LAWS- No loan guarantee may be made under this section for a loan to any entity found, based on a determination by the Secretary of Homeland Security or the Attorney General to have engaged in a pattern or practice of hiring, recruiting or referring for a fee, for employment in the United States an alien knowing the person is an unauthorized alien. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (g) Criminal Background Checks- Prior to the approval of any loan guarantee under this section, the Administrator may verify the applicant’s criminal background, or lack thereof, through the best available means, including, if possible, use of the National Crime Information Center computer system at the Federal Bureau of Investigation. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (h) Application of Other Law- Nothing in this section shall be construed to exempt any activity of the Administrator under this section from the Federal Credit Reform Act of 1990 (title V of the Congressional Budget and Impoundment Control Act of 1974; 2 U.S.C. 661 and following). [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (i) Sunset- Loan guarantees may not be issued under this section after the date 90 days after the date of establishment (as determined by the Administrator) of the economic recovery program under section 6204. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (j) Small Business Act Provisions- The provisions of the Small Business Act applicable to loan guarantees under section 7 of that Act shall apply to loan guarantees under this section except as otherwise provided in this section. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (k) Authorization- There are authorized to be appropriated such sums as may be necessary to carry out this section. [<-Struck out]

[Struck out->] SEC. 6202. ESTABLISHMENT OF SBA SECONDARY MARKET LENDING AUTHORITY. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (a) Purpose- The purpose of this section is to provide the Small Business Administration with the authority to establish a Secondary Market Lending Authority within the SBA to make loans to the systemically important SBA secondary market broker-dealers who operate the SBA secondary market. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (b) Definitions- For purposes of this section: [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (1) The term ‘Administrator’ means the Administrator of the SBA. [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (2) The term ‘SBA’ means the Small Business Administration. [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (3) The terms ‘Secondary Market Lending Authority’ and ‘Authority’ mean the office established under subsection (c). [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (4) The term ‘SBA secondary market’ means the market for the purchase and sale of loans originated, underwritten, and closed under the Small Business Act. [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (5) The term ‘Systemically Important Secondary Market Broker-Dealers’ mean those entities designated under subsection (c)(1) as vital to the continued operation of the SBA secondary market by reason of their purchase and sale of the government guaranteed portion of loans, or pools of loans, originated, underwritten, and closed under the Small Business Act. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (c) Responsibilities, Authorities, Organization, and Limitations- [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (1) DESIGNATION OF SYSTEMICALLY IMPORTANT SBA SECONDARY MARKET BROKER-DEALERS- The Administrator shall establish a process to designate, in consultation with the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve and the Secretary of the Treasury, Systemically Important Secondary Market Broker-Dealers. [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (2) ESTABLISHMENT OF SBA SECONDARY MARKET LENDING AUTHORITY- [<-Struck out]

        [Struck out->] (A) ORGANIZATION- [<-Struck out]

          [Struck out->] (i) The Administrator shall establish within the SBA an office to provide loans to Systemically Important Secondary Market Broker-dealers to be used for the purpose of financing the inventory of the government guaranteed portion of loans, originated, underwritten, and closed under the Small Business Act or pools of such loans. [<-Struck out]

          [Struck out->] (ii) The Administrator shall appoint a Director of the Authority who shall report to the Administrator. [<-Struck out]

          [Struck out->] (iii) The Administrator is authorized to hire such personnel as are necessary to operate the Authority. [<-Struck out]

          [Struck out->] (iv) The Administrator may contract such Authority operations as he determines necessary to qualified third-party companies or individuals. [<-Struck out]

          [Struck out->] (v) The Administrator is authorized to contract with private sector fiduciary and custodial agents as necessary to operate the Authority. [<-Struck out]

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          [Struck out->] (i) The Administrator shall establish by rule a process under which Systemically Important SBA Secondary Market Broker-Dealers designated under paragraph (1) may apply to the Administrator for loans under this section. [<-Struck out]

          [Struck out->] (ii) The rule under clause (i) shall provide a process for the Administrator to consider and make decisions regarding whether or not to extend a loan applied for under this section. Such rule shall include provisions to assure each of the following: [<-Struck out]

            [Struck out->] (I) That loans made under this section are for the sole purpose of financing the inventory of the government guaranteed portion of loans, originated, underwritten, and closed under the Small Business Act or pools of such loans. [<-Struck out]

            [Struck out->] (II) That loans made under this section are fully collateralized to the satisfaction of the Administrator. [<-Struck out]

            [Struck out->] (III) That there is no limit to the frequency in which a borrower may borrow under this section unless the Administrator determines that doing so would create an undue risk of loss to the agency or the United States. [<-Struck out]

            [Struck out->] (IV) That there is no limit on the size of a loan, subject to the discretion of the Administrator. [<-Struck out]

          [Struck out->] (iii) Interest on loans under this section shall not exceed the Federal Funds target rate as established by the Federal Reserve Board of Governors plus 25 basis points. [<-Struck out]

          [Struck out->] (iv) The rule under this section shall provide for such loan documents, legal covenants, collateral requirements and other required documentation as necessary to protect the interests of the agency, the United States, and the taxpayer. [<-Struck out]

          [Struck out->] (v) The Administrator shall establish custodial accounts to safeguard any collateral pledged to the SBA in connection with a loan under this section. [<-Struck out]

          [Struck out->] (vi) The Administrator shall establish a process to disburse and receive funds to and from borrowers under this section. [<-Struck out]

        [Struck out->] (C) LIMITATIONS ON USE OF LOAN PROCEEDS BY SYSTEMICALLY IMPORTANT SECONDARY MARKET BROKER-DEALERS- The Administrator shall ensure that borrowers under this section are using funds provided under this section only for the purpose specified in subparagraph (B)(ii)(I). If the Administrator finds that such funds were used for any other purpose, the Administrator shall-- [<-Struck out]

          [Struck out->] (i) require immediate repayment of outstanding loans; [<-Struck out]

          [Struck out->] (ii) prohibit the borrower, its affiliates, or any future corporate manifestation of the borrower from using the Authority; and [<-Struck out]

          [Struck out->] (iii) take any other actions the Administrator, in consultation with the Attorney General of the United States, deems appropriate. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (d) Report to Congress- The Administrator shall submit a report to Congress not later than the third business day of each month containing a statement of each of the following: [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (1) The aggregate loan amounts extended during the preceding month under this section. [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (2) The aggregate loan amounts repaid under this section during the proceeding month. [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (3) The aggregate loan amount outstanding under this section. [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (4) The aggregate value of assets held as collateral under this section. [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (5) The amount of any defaults or delinquencies on loans made under this section. [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (6) The identity of any borrower found by the Administrator to misuse funds made available under this section. [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (7) Any other information the Administrator deems necessary to fully inform Congress of undue risk of financial loss to the United States in connection with loans made under this section. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (e) Duration- The authority of this section shall remain in effect for a period of 2 years after the date of enactment of this section. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (f) Funding- Such sums as necessary are authorized to be appropriated to carry out the provisions of this section. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (g) Budget Treatment- Nothing in this section shall be construed to exempt any activity of the Administrator under this section from the Federal Credit Reform Act of 1990 (title V of the Congressional Budget and Impoundment Control Act of 1974; 2 U.S.C. 661 and following). [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (h) Emergency Rulemaking Authority- The Administrator shall promulgate regulations under this section within 15 days after the date of enactment of enactment of this section. In promulgating these regulations, the Administrator the notice requirements of section 553(b) of title 5 of the United States Code shall not apply. [<-Struck out]

[Struck out->] SEC. 6203. ESTABLISHMENT OF SBA SECONDARY MARKET GUARANTEE AUTHORITY. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (a) Purpose- The purpose of this section is to provide the Administrator with the authority to establish the SBA Secondary Market Guarantee Authority within the SBA to provide a Federal guarantee for pools of first lien 504 loans that are to be sold to third-party investors. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (b) Definitions- For purposes of this section: [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (1) The term ‘Administrator’ means the Administrator of the Small Business Administration. [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (2) The term ‘first lien position 504 loan’ means the first mortgage position, non-federally guaranteed loans made by private sector lenders made under title V of the Small Business Investment Act. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (c) Establishment of Authority- [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (1) ORGANIZATION- [<-Struck out]

        [Struck out->] (A) The Administrator shall establish a Secondary Market Guarantee Authority within the Small Business Administration. [<-Struck out]

        [Struck out->] (B) The Administrator shall appoint a Director of the Authority who shall report to the Administrator. [<-Struck out]

        [Struck out->] (C) The Administrator is authorized to hire such personnel as are necessary to operate the Authority and may contract such operations of the Authority as necessary to qualified third-party companies or individuals. [<-Struck out]

        [Struck out->] (D) The Administrator is authorized to contract with private sector fiduciary and custodial agents as necessary to operate the Authority. [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (2) GUARANTEE PROCESS- [<-Struck out]

        [Struck out->] (A) The Administrator shall establish, by rule, a process in which private sector entities may apply to the Administration for a Federal guarantee on pools of first lien position 504 loans that are to be sold to third-party investors. [<-Struck out]

        [Struck out->] (B) The Administrator shall appoint a Director of the Authority who shall report to the Administrator. [<-Struck out]

        [Struck out->] (C) The Administrator is authorized to hire such personnel as are necessary to operate the Authority and may contract such operations of the Authority as necessary to qualified third-party companies or individuals. [<-Struck out]

        [Struck out->] (D) The Administrator is authorized to contract with private sector fiduciary and custodial agents as necessary to operate the Authority. [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (3) RESPONSIBILITIES- [<-Struck out]

        [Struck out->] (A) The Administrator shall establish, by rule, a process in which private sector entities may apply to the SBA for a Federal guarantee on pools of first lien position 504 loans that are to be sold to third-party investors. [<-Struck out]

        [Struck out->] (B) The rule under this section shall provide for a process for the Administrator to consider and make decisions regarding whether to extend a Federal guarantee referred to in clause (i). Such rule shall also provide that: [<-Struck out]

          [Struck out->] (i) The seller of the pools purchasing a guarantee under this section retains not less than 5 percent of the dollar amount of the pools to be sold to third-party investors. [<-Struck out]

          [Struck out->] (ii) The seller of such pools shall absorb any and all losses resulting from a shortage or excess of monthly cash flows. [<-Struck out]

          [Struck out->] (iii) The Administrator shall receive a monthly fee of not more than 50 basis points on the outstanding balance of the dollar amount of the pools that are guaranteed. [<-Struck out]

          [Struck out->] (iv) The Administrator may guarantee not more than $3,000,000,0000 of pools under this authority. [<-Struck out]

        [Struck out->] (C) The Administrator shall establish documents, legal covenants, and other required documentation to protect the interests of the United States. [<-Struck out]

        [Struck out->] (D) The Administrator shall establish a process to receive and disburse funds to entities under the authority established in this section. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (d) Limitations- [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (1) The Administrator shall ensure that entities purchasing a guarantee under this section are using such guarantee for the purpose of selling 504 first lien position pools to third-party investors. [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (2) If the Administrator finds that any such guarantee was used for a purpose other than that specified in paragraph (1), the Administrator shall-- [<-Struck out]

        [Struck out->] (A) terminate such guarantee immediately, [<-Struck out]

        [Struck out->] (B) prohibit the purchaser of the guarantee or its affiliates (within the meaning of the regulations under 13 CFR 121.103) from using the authority of this section in the future; and [<-Struck out]

        [Struck out->] (C) take any other actions the Administrator, in consultation with the Attorney General of the United States deems appropriate. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (e) Oversight- The Administrator shall submit a report to Congress not later than the third business day of each month setting forth each of the following: [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (1) The aggregate amount of guarantees extended under this section during the proceeding month. [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (2) The aggregate amount of guarantees outstanding. [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (3) Defaults and payments on defaults made under this section. [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (4) The identity of each purchaser of a guarantee found by the Administrator to have misused guarantees under this section. [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (5) Any other information the Administrator deems necessary to fully inform Congress of undue risk to the United States associated with the issuance of guarantees under this section. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (f) Duration of Program- The authority of this section shall terminate on the date 2 years after the date of enactment of this section. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (g) Funding- Such sums as necessary are authorized to be appropriated to carry out the provisions of this section. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (h) Budget Treatment- Nothing in this section shall be construed to exempt any activity of the Administrator under this section from the Federal Credit Reform Act of 1990 (title V of the Congressional Budget and Impoundment Control Act of 1974; 2 U.S.C. 661 and following). [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (i) Emergency Rulemaking Authority- The Administrator shall issue regulations under this section within 15 days after the date of enactment of this section. The notice requirements of section 553(b) of Title 5, United States Code shall not apply to the promulgation of such regulations. [<-Struck out]

[Struck out->] SEC. 6204. ECONOMIC RECOVERY PROGRAM. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (a) Purpose- The purpose of this section is to establish a new lending and refinancing authority within the Small Business Administration. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (b) Definitions- For purposes of this section: [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (1) The term ‘Administrator’ means the Administrator of the Small Business Administration. [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (2) The term ‘small business concern’ has the same meaning as provided by section 3 of the Small Business Act (15 U.S.C. 632). [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (c) Refinancing Authority- [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (1) IN GENERAL- Upon application from a lender (and with consent of the borrower), the Administrator may refinance existing non-Small Business Administration or Small Business Administration loans (including loans under sections 7(a) and 504 of the Small Business Act) made to small business concerns. [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (2) ELIGIBLE LOANS- In order to be eligible for refinancing under this section-- [<-Struck out]

        [Struck out->] (A) the amount of the loan refinanced may not exceed $10,000,000 and a first lien must be conveyed to the Administrator; [<-Struck out]

        [Struck out->] (B) the lender shall offer to accept from the Administrator as full repayment of the loan an amount equal to less than 100 percent but more than 85 percent of the remaining balance of the principal of the loan; and [<-Struck out]

        [Struck out->] (C) the loan to be refinanced was made before the date of enactment of this Act and for a purpose that would have been eligible for a loan under any Small Business Administration lending program. [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (3) TERMS- The term of the refinancing by the Administrator under this section shall not be less than remaining term on the loan that is refinanced but shall not exceed a term of 20 years. The rate of interest on the loan refinanced under this section shall be fixed by the Administrator at a level that the Administrator determines will result in manageable monthly payments for the borrower. [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (4) LIMIT- The Administrator may not refinance amounts under this section that are greater than the amount the lender agrees to accept from the Administrator as full repayment of the loan as provided in paragraph (2)(B). [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (d) Underwriting and Other Loan Services- [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (1) IN GENERAL- The Administrator is authorized to engage in underwriting, loan closing, funding, and servicing of loans made to small business concerns and to guarantee loans made by other entities to small business concerns. [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (2) APPLICATION PROCESS- The Administrator shall by rule establish a process in which small business concerns may submit applications to the Administrator for the purposes of securing a loan under this subsection. The Administrator shall, at a minimum, collect all information necessary to determine the creditworthiness and repayment ability of the borrower. [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (3) PARTICIPATION OF LENDERS- [<-Struck out]

        [Struck out->] (A) The Administrator shall by rule establish a process in which the Administrator makes available loan applications and all accompanying information to lenders for the purpose of such lenders originating, underwriting, closing, and servicing such loans. [<-Struck out]

        [Struck out->] (B) Lenders are eligible to receive loan applications and accompanying information under this paragraph if they participate in the programs established in section 7(a) of the Small Business Act (15 U.S.C. 636) or title V of the Small Business Investment Act (15 U.S.C. 695). [<-Struck out]

        [Struck out->] (C) The Administrator shall first make available such loan applications and accompanying information to lenders within 100 miles of a loan applicant’s principal office. [<-Struck out]

        [Struck out->] (D) If a lender described in subparagraph (C) does not agree to originate, underwrite, close, and service such loans within 5 business days of receiving the loan applications, the Administrator shall subsequently make available such loan applications and accompanying information to lenders in the Preferred Lenders Program under section 7(a)(2)(C)(ii) of the Small Business Act (15 U.S.C. 636). [<-Struck out]

        [Struck out->] (E) If a lender described in subparagraph (C) or (D) does not agree to originate, underwrite, close, and service such loans within 10 business days of receiving the loan applications, the Administrator may originate, underwrite, close, and service such loans as described in paragraph (1) of this subsection. [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (4) ASSET SALES- The Administrator shall offer to sell loans made or refinanced by the Administrator under this section. Such sales shall be made through semi-annual public solicitation (in the Federal Register and in other media) of offers to purchase. The Administrator may contract with vendors for due diligence, asset valuation, and other services related to such sales. The Administrator may not sell any loan under this section for less than 90 percent of the net present value of the loan, as determined and certified by a qualified third-party. [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (5) LOANS NOT SOLD- The Administrator shall maintain and service loans made by the Administrator under this section that are not sold through the asset sales under this section. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (e) Duration- The authority of this section shall terminate on the date two years after the date on which the program under this section becomes operational (as determined by the Administrator). [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (f) Application of Other Law- Nothing in this section shall be construed to exempt any activity of the Administrator under this section from the Federal Credit Reform Act of 1990 (title V of the Congressional Budget and Impoundment Control Act of 1974; 2 U.S.C. 661 and following). [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (g) Qualified Loans- [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (1) ALIENS UNLAWFULLY PRESENT IN THE UNITED STATES- A loan to any concern shall not be subject to this section if an individual who is an alien unlawfully present in the United States-- [<-Struck out]

        [Struck out->] (A) has an ownership interest in that concern; or [<-Struck out]

        [Struck out->] (B) has an ownership interest in another concern that itself has an ownership interest in that concern. [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (2) FIRMS IN VIOLATION OF IMMIGRATION LAWS- No loan shall be subject to this section if the borrower is an entity found, based on a determination by the Secretary of Homeland Security or the Attorney General to have engaged in a pattern or practice of hiring, recruiting or referring for a fee, for employment in the United States an alien knowing the person is an unauthorized alien. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (h) Reports- The Administrator shall submit a report to Congress semi-annually setting forth the aggregate amount of loans and geographic dispersion of such loans made, underwritten, closed, funded, serviced, sold, guaranteed, or held by the Administrator under the authority of this section. Such report shall also set forth information concerning loan defaults, prepayments, and recoveries related to loans ,made under the authority of this section. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (i) Authorization- There are authorized to be appropriated such sums as may be necessary to carry out this section. [<-Struck out]

[Struck out->] SEC. 6205. STIMULUS FOR COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT LENDING. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (a) Refinancing Under the Local Development Business Loan Program- Section 502 of the Small Business Investment Act of 1958 (15 U.S.C. 696) is amended by adding at the end the following: [<-Struck out]

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      ‘(7) PERMISSIBLE DEBT REFINANCING- [<-Struck out]

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        ‘(A) IN GENERAL- Any financing approved under this title may include a limited amount of debt refinancing. [<-Struck out]

        [Struck out->]

        ‘(B) EXPANSIONS- If the project involves expansion of a small business concern which has existing indebtedness collateralized by fixed assets, any amount of existing indebtedness that does not exceed 1/2 of the project cost of the expansion may be refinanced and added to the expansion cost, if-- [<-Struck out]

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          ‘(i) the proceeds of the indebtedness were used to acquire land, including a building situated thereon, to construct a building thereon, or to purchase equipment; [<-Struck out]

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          ‘(ii) the borrower has been current on all payments due on the existing debt for not less than 1 year preceding the date of refinancing; and [<-Struck out]

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          ‘(iii) the financing under section 504 will provide better terms or rate of interest than exists on the debt at the time of refinancing.’. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (b) Job Creation Goals- Section 501(e)(1) and section 501(e)(2) of the Small Business Investment Act (15 U.S.C. 695) are each amended by striking ‘$50,000’ and inserting ‘$65,000’. [<-Struck out]

[Struck out->] SEC. 6206. INCREASING SMALL BUSINESS INVESTMENT. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (a) Simplified Maximum Leverage Limits- Section 303(b) of the Small Business Investment Act of 1958 (15 U.S.C. 683(b)) is amended-- [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (1) by striking so much of paragraph (2) as precedes subparagraphs (C) and (D) and inserting the following: [<-Struck out]

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      ‘(2) MAXIMUM LEVERAGE- [<-Struck out]

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        ‘(A) IN GENERAL- The maximum amount of outstanding leverage made available to any one company licensed under section 301(c) of this Act may not exceed the lesser of-- [<-Struck out]

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          ‘(i) 300 percent of such company’s private capital; or [<-Struck out]

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          ‘(ii) $150,000,000. [<-Struck out]

        [Struck out->]

        ‘(B) MULTIPLE LICENSES UNDER COMMON CONTROL- The maximum amount of outstanding leverage made available to two or more companies licensed under section 301(c) of this Act that are commonly controlled (as determined by the Administrator) and not under capital impairment may not exceed $225,000,000.’; and [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (2) by striking paragraph (4). [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (b) Simplified Aggregate Investment Limitations- Section 306(a) of the Small Business Investment Act of 1958 (15 U.S.C. 686(a)) is amended to read as follows: [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->]

    ‘(a) Percentage Limitation on Private Capital- If any small business investment company has obtained financing from the Administrator and such financing remains outstanding, the aggregate amount of securities acquired and for which commitments may be issued by such company under the provisions of this title for any single enterprise shall not, without the approval of the Administrator, exceed 10 percent of the sum of-- [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->]

      ‘(1) the private capital of such company; and [<-Struck out]

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      ‘(2) the total amount of leverage projected by the company in the company’s business plan that was approved by the Administrator at the time of the grant of the company’s license.’. [<-Struck out]

[Struck out->] SEC. 6207. GAO REPORT. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (a) Report- Not later than 30 days after the enactment of this Act, the Comptroller General of the United States shall report to the Congress on the actions of the Administrator in implementing the authority established in sections 6201 through 6206 of this Act. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (b) Included Item- The report under this section shall include a summary of the activity of the Administrator under this section and an analysis of whether he is accomplishing the purpose of increasing liquidity in the secondary market for Small Business Administration loans. [<-Struck out]

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TITLE VII--HOMELAND SECURITY

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[Struck out->] DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY [<-Struck out]

[Struck out->] U.S. Customs and Border Protection [<-Struck out]

[Struck out->] salaries and expenses [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] For an additional amount for ‘Salaries and Expenses’, $100,000,000, for non-intrusive detection technology to be deployed at sea ports of entry. [<-Struck out]

[Struck out->] construction [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] For an additional amount for ‘Construction’, $150,000,000, to repair and construct inspection facilities at land border ports of entry. [<-Struck out]

[Struck out->] Transportation Security Administration [<-Struck out]

[Struck out->] aviation security [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] For an additional amount for ‘Aviation Security’, $500,000,000, for the purchase and installation of explosive detection systems and emerging checkpoint technologies: Provided, That the Assistant Secretary of Homeland Security (Transportation Security Administration) shall prioritize the award of these funds to accelerate the installations at locations with completed design plans and to expeditiously award new letters of intent. [<-Struck out]

[Struck out->] Coast Guard [<-Struck out]

[Struck out->] alteration of bridges [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] For an additional amount for ‘Alteration of Bridges’, $150,000,000, for alteration or removal of obstructive bridges, as authorized by section 6 of the Truman-Hobbs Act (33 U.S.C. 516): Provided, That the Coast Guard shall award these funds to those bridges that are ready to proceed to construction. [<-Struck out]

[Struck out->] Federal Emergency Management Agency [<-Struck out]

[Struck out->] emergency food and shelter [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] For an additional amount for ‘Emergency Food and Shelter’, $200,000,000, to carry out the emergency food and shelter program pursuant to title III of the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act (42 U.S.C. 11331 et seq.): Provided, That for the purposes of this appropriation, the redistribution required by section 1104(b) shall be carried out by the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the National Board, who may reallocate and obligate any funds that are unclaimed or returned to the program: Provided further, That the amount set aside from this appropriation pursuant to section 1106 of this Act shall be 3.5 percent instead of the percentage specified in such section. [<-Struck out]

[Struck out->] GENERAL PROVISIONS, THIS TITLE [<-Struck out]

[Struck out->] SEC. 7001. EXTENSION OF PROGRAMS. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] Section 401(b) of the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996 (8 U.S.C. 1324a note) is amended by striking ‘11-year period’ and inserting ‘16-year period’. [<-Struck out]

[Struck out->] SEC. 7002. PROTECTION OF SOCIAL SECURITY ADMINISTRATION PROGRAMS. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (a) Funding Under Agreement- Effective for fiscal years beginning on or after October 1, 2008, the Commissioner of Social Security and the Secretary of Homeland Security shall enter into and maintain an agreement which shall-- [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (1) provide funds to the Commissioner for the full costs of the responsibilities of the Commissioner under section 404 of the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996 (8 U.S.C. 1324a note), including (but not limited to)-- [<-Struck out]

        [Struck out->] (A) acquiring, installing, and maintaining technological equipment and systems necessary for the fulfillment of the responsibilities of the Commissioner under such section 404, but only that portion of such costs that are attributable exclusively to such responsibilities; and [<-Struck out]

        [Struck out->] (B) responding to individuals who contest a tentative nonconfirmation provided by the basic pilot confirmation system established under such section; [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (2) provide such funds quarterly in advance of the applicable quarter based on estimating methodology agreed to by the Commissioner and the Secretary (except in such instances where the delayed enactment of an annual appropriation may preclude such quarterly payments); and [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (3) require an annual accounting and reconciliation of the actual costs incurred and the funds provided under the agreement, which shall be reviewed by the Office of Inspector General of the Social Security Administration and the Department of Homeland Security. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (b) Continuation of Employment Verification in Absence of Timely Agreement- In any case in which the agreement required under subsection (a) for any fiscal year beginning on or after October 1, 2008, has not been reached as of October 1 of such fiscal year, the latest agreement between the Commissioner and the Secretary of Homeland Security providing for funding to cover the costs of the responsibilities of the Commissioner under section 404 of the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996 (8 U.S.C. 1324a note) shall be deemed in effect on an interim basis for such fiscal year until such time as an agreement required under subsection (a) is subsequently reached, except that the terms of such interim agreement shall be modified by the Director of the Office of Management and Budget to adjust for inflation and any increase or decrease in the volume of requests under the basic pilot confirmation system. In any case in which an interim agreement applies for any fiscal year under this subsection, the Commissioner and the Secretary shall, not later than October 1 of such fiscal year, notify the Committee on Ways and Means, the Committee on the Judiciary, and the Committee on Appropriations of the House of Representatives and the Committee on Finance, the Committee on the Judiciary, and the Committee on Appropriations of the Senate of the failure to reach the agreement required under subsection (a) for such fiscal year. Until such time as the agreement required under subsection (a) has been reached for such fiscal year, the Commissioner and the Secretary shall, not later than the end of each 90-day period after October 1 of such fiscal year, notify such Committees of the status of negotiations between the Commissioner and the Secretary in order to reach such an agreement. [<-Struck out]

[Struck out->] SEC. 7003. GAO STUDY OF BASIC PILOT CONFIRMATION SYSTEM. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (a) In General- As soon as practicable after the date of the enactment of this Act, the Comptroller General of the United States shall conduct a study regarding erroneous tentative nonconfirmations under the basic pilot confirmation system established under section 404(a) of the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996 (8 U.S.C. 1324a note). [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (b) Matters To Be Studied- In the study required under subsection (a), the Comptroller General shall determine and analyze-- [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (1) the causes of erroneous tentative nonconfirmations under the basic pilot confirmation system; [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (2) the processes by which such erroneous tentative nonconfirmations are remedied; and [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (3) the effect of such erroneous tentative nonconfirmations on individuals, employers, and Federal agencies. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (c) Report- Not later than 2 years after the date of the enactment of this Act, the Comptroller General shall submit the results of the study required under subsection (a) to the Committee on Ways and Means and the Committee on the Judiciary of the House of Representatives and the Committee on Finance and the Committee on the Judiciary of the Senate. [<-Struck out]

[Struck out->] SEC. 7004. GAO STUDY OF EFFECTS OF BASIC PILOT PROGRAM ON SMALL ENTITIES. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (a) In General- Not later than 2 years after the date of the enactment of this Act, the Comptroller General of the United States shall submit to the Committees on the Judiciary of the United States House of Representatives and the Senate a report containing the Comptroller General’s analysis of the effects of the basic pilot program described in section 403(a) of the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996 (8 U.S.C. 1324a note) on small entities (as defined in section 601 of title 5, United States Code). The report shall detail-- [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (1) the costs of compliance with such program on small entities; [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (2) a description and an estimate of the number of small entities enrolled and participating in such program or an explanation of why no such estimate is available; [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (3) the projected reporting, recordkeeping and other compliance requirements of such program on small entities; [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (4) factors that impact small entities’ enrollment and participation in such program, including access to appropriate technology, geography, entity size, and class of entity; and [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (5) the steps, if any, the Secretary of Homeland Security has taken to minimize the economic impact of participating in such program on small entities. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (b) Direct and Indirect Effects- The report shall cover, and treat separately, direct effects (such as wages, time, and fees spent on compliance) and indirect effects (such as the effect on cash flow, sales, and competitiveness). [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (c) Specific Contents- The report shall provide specific and separate details with respect to-- [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (1) small businesses (as defined in section 601 of title 5, United States Code) with fewer than 50 employees; and [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (2) small entities operating in States that have mandated use of the basic pilot program. [<-Struck out]

[Struck out->] SEC. 7005. WAIVER OF MATCHING REQUIREMENT UNDER SAFER PROGRAM. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] Subparagraph (E) of section 34(a)(1) of the Federal Fire Prevention and Control Act of 1974 (15 U.S.C. 2229a(a)(1)(E)) shall not apply with respect to funds appropriated in this or any other Act making appropriations for fiscal year 2009 or 2010 for grants under such section 34. [<-Struck out]

[Struck out->] SEC. 7006. PROCUREMENT FOR DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (a) Requirement- Except as provided in subsections (c) through (e), funds appropriated or otherwise available to the Department of Homeland Security may not be used for the procurement of an item described in subsection (b) if the item is not grown, reprocessed, reused, or produced in the United States. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (b) Covered Items- An item referred to in subsection (a) is any of the following, if the item is directly related to the national security interests of the United States: [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (1) An article or item of-- [<-Struck out]

        [Struck out->] (A) clothing and the materials and components thereof, other than sensors, electronics, or other items added to, and not normally associated with, clothing (and the materials and components thereof); [<-Struck out]

        [Struck out->] (B) tents, tarpaulins, or covers; [<-Struck out]

        [Struck out->] (C) cotton and other natural fiber products, woven silk or woven silk blends, spun silk yarn for cartridge cloth, synthetic fabric or coated synthetic fabric (including all textile fibers and yarns that are for use in such fabrics), canvas products, or wool (whether in the form of fiber or yarn or contained in fabrics, materials, or manufactured articles); or [<-Struck out]

        [Struck out->] (D) any item of individual equipment manufactured from or containing such fibers, yarns, fabrics, or materials. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (c) Availability Exception- Subsection (a) does not apply to the extent that the Secretary of Homeland Security determines that satisfactory quality and sufficient quantity of any such article or item described in subsection (b)(1) grown, reprocessed, reused, or produced in the United States cannot be procured as and when needed. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (d) Exception for Certain Procurements Outside the United States- Subsection (a) does not apply to the following: [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (1) Procurements by vessels in foreign waters. [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (2) Emergency procurements. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (e) Exception for Small Purchases- Subsection (a) does not apply to purchases for amounts not greater than the simplified acquisition threshold referred to in section 2304(g) of title 10, United States Code. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (f) Applicability to Contracts and Subcontracts for Procurement of Commercial Items- This section is applicable to contracts and subcontracts for the procurement of commercial items notwithstanding section 34 of the Office of Federal Procurement Policy Act (41 U.S.C. 430). [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (g) Geographic Coverage- In this section, the term ‘United States’ includes the possessions of the United States. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (h) Notification Required Within 7 Days After Contract Award if Certain Exceptions Applied- In the case of any contract for the procurement of an item described in subsection (b)(1), if the Secretary of Homeland Security applies an exception set forth in subsection (c) with respect to that contract, the Secretary shall, not later than 7 days after the award of the contract, post a notification that the exception has been applied on the Internet site maintained by the General Services Administration know as FedBizOps.gov (or any successor site). [<-Struck out]

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      [Struck out->] (1) IN GENERAL- The Secretary of Homeland Security shall ensure that each member of the acquisition workforce in the Department of Homeland Security who participates personally and substantially in the acquisition of textiles on a regular basis receives training during fiscal year 2009 on the requirements of this section and the regulations implementing this section. [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (2) INCLUSION OF INFORMATION IN NEW TRAINING PROGRAMS- The Secretary shall ensure that any training program for the acquisition work force developed or implemented after the date of the enactment of this Act includes comprehensive information on the requirements described in paragraph (1). [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (j) Consistency With International Agreements- [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (1) IN GENERAL- No provision of this section shall apply to the extent the Secretary of Homeland Security, in consultation with the United States Trade Representative, determines that it is in inconsistent with United States obligations under an international agreement. [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (2) REPORT- The Secretary of Homeland Security shall submit a report each year to Congress containing, with respect to the year covered by the report-- [<-Struck out]

        [Struck out->] (A) a list of each provision of this section that did not apply during that year pursuant to a determination by the Secretary under paragraph (1); and [<-Struck out]

        [Struck out->] (B) a list of each contract awarded by the Department of Homeland Security during that year without regard to a provision in this section because that provision was made inapplicable pursuant to such a determination. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (k) Effective Date- This section applies with respect to contracts entered into by the Department of Homeland Security after the date of the enactment of this Act. [<-Struck out]

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TITLE VIII--INTERIOR AND ENVIRONMENT

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[Struck out->] DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR [<-Struck out]

[Struck out->] Bureau of Land Management [<-Struck out]

[Struck out->] construction [<-Struck out]

[Struck out->] (including transfers of funds) [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] For an additional amount for ‘Construction’, $325,000,000, for priority road, bridge, and trail repair or decommissioning, critical deferred maintenance projects, facilities construction and renovation, hazardous fuels reduction, and remediation of abandoned mine or well sites: Provided, That funds may be transferred to other appropriate accounts of the Bureau of Land management: Provided further, That the amount set aside from this appropriation pursuant to section 1106 of this Act shall be not more than 5 percent instead of the percentage specified in such section. [<-Struck out]

[Struck out->] United States Fish and Wildlife Service [<-Struck out]

[Struck out->] construction [<-Struck out]

[Struck out->] (including transfer of funds) [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] For an additional amount for ‘Construction’, $300,000,000, for priority road and bridge repair and replacement, and critical deferred maintenance and improvement projects on National Wildlife Refuges, National Fish Hatcheries, and other Service properties: Provided, That funds may be transferred to ‘Resource Management’: Provided further, That the amount set aside from this appropriation pursuant to section 1106 of this Act shall be not more than 5 percent instead of the percentage specified in such section. [<-Struck out]

[Struck out->] National Park Service [<-Struck out]

[Struck out->] construction [<-Struck out]

[Struck out->] (including transfer of funds) [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] For an additional amount for ‘Construction’, $1,700,000,000, for projects to address critical deferred maintenance needs within the National Park System, including roads, bridges and trails, and for other critical infrastructure projects: Provided, That funds may be transferred to ‘Operation of the National Park System’: Provided further, That $200,000,000 of these funds shall be for projects related to the preservation and repair of historical and cultural resources within the National Park System: Provided further, That $15,000,000 of these funds shall be transferred to the ‘Historic Preservation Fund’ for historic preservation projects at historically black colleges and universities as authorized by the Historic Preservation Fund Act of 1996 and the Omnibus Parks and Public Lands Act of 1996, except that any matching requirements otherwise required for such projects are waived: Provided further, That the amount set aside from this appropriation pursuant to section 1106 of this Act shall be not more than 5 percent instead of the percentage specified in such section. [<-Struck out]

[Struck out->] centennial challenge [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] To carry out provisions of section 814(g) of Public Law 104-333 relating to challenge cost share agreements, $100,000,000, for National Park Service Centennial Challenge signature projects and programs: Provided, That not less than 50 percent of the total cost of each project or program is derived from non-Federal sources in the form of donated cash, assets, in-kind services, or a pledge of donation guaranteed by an irrevocable letter of credit: Provided further, That the amount set aside from this appropriation pursuant to section 1106 of this Act shall be not more than 5 percent instead of the percentage specified in such section. [<-Struck out]

[Struck out->] United States Geological Survey [<-Struck out]

[Struck out->] surveys, investigations, and research [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] For an additional amount for ‘Surveys, Investigations, and Research’, $200,000,000, for repair and restoration of facilities; equipment replacement and upgrades including stream gages, and seismic and volcano monitoring systems; national map activities; and other critical deferred maintenance and improvement projects: Provided, That the amount set aside from this appropriation pursuant to section 1106 of this Act shall be not more than 5 percent instead of the percentage specified in such section. [<-Struck out]

[Struck out->] Bureau of Indian Affairs [<-Struck out]

[Struck out->] construction [<-Struck out]

[Struck out->] (including transfer of funds) [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] For an additional amount for ‘Construction’, $500,000,000, for priority repair and replacement of schools, detention centers, roads, bridges, employee housing, and critical deferred maintenance projects: Provided, That not less than $250,000,000 shall be used for new and replacement schools and detention centers: Provided further, That funds may be transferred to ‘Operation of Indian Programs’: Provided further, That the amount set aside from this appropriation pursuant to section 1106 of this Act shall be not more than 5 percent instead of the percentage specified in such section. [<-Struck out]

[Struck out->] ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY [<-Struck out]

[Struck out->] Hazardous Substance Superfund [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] For an additional amount for ‘Hazardous Substance Superfund’, $800,000,000, which shall be used for the Superfund Remedial program: Provided, That amounts available by law from this appropriation for management and administration shall take the place of the set-aside under section 1106 of this Act. [<-Struck out]

[Struck out->] Leaking Underground Storage Tank Trust Fund Program [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] For an additional amount for ‘Leaking Underground Storage Tank Trust Fund Program’, to carry out leaking underground storage tank cleanup activities authorized by subtitle I of the Solid Waste Disposal Act, $200,000,000, which shall be used to carry out leaking underground storage tank cleanup activities authorized by section 9003(h) of the Solid Waste Disposal Act, except that such funds shall not be subject to the State matching requirements in section 9003(h)(7)(B): Provided, That amounts available by law from this appropriation for management and administration shall take the place of the set-aside under section 1106 of this Act. [<-Struck out]

[Struck out->] State and Tribal Assistance Grants [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] For an additional amount for ‘State and Tribal Assistance Grants’, $8,400,000,000, which shall be used as follows: [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (1) $6,000,000,000 shall be for capitalization grants for the Clean Water State Revolving Funds under title VI of the Federal Water Pollution Control Act (33 U.S.C. 1381 et seq.), except that such funds shall not be subject to the State matching requirements in paragraphs (2) and (3) of section 602(b) of such Act or to the Federal cost share limitations in section 202 of such Act: Provided, That the amount set aside from this appropriation pursuant to section 1106 of this Act shall be not more than 2 percent instead of the percentage specified in such section: Provided further, That, notwithstanding the limitation on amounts specified in section 518(c) of the Federal Water Pollution Control Act, up to a total of 1.5 percent of such funds may be reserved by the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency for grants under section 518(c) of such Act: Provided further, That the requirements of section 513 of such Act shall apply to the construction of treatment works carried out in whole or in part with assistance made available under this heading by a Clean Water State Revolving Fund under title VI of such Act, or with assistance made available under section 205(m) of such Act, or both: Provided further, That, notwithstanding the requirements of section 603(d) of such Act, each State shall use 50 percent of the amount of the capitalization grant received by the State under title VI of such Act to provide assistance, in the form of additional subsidization, including forgiveness of principal, negative interest loans, and grants, to municipalities (as defined in section 502 of such Act) for projects that are included on the State’s priority list established under section 603(g) of such Act, of which 80 percent shall be for projects to benefit municipalities that meet affordability criteria as determined by the Governor of the State and 20 percent shall be for projects to address water-efficiency goals, address energy-efficiency goals, mitigate stormwater runoff, or encourage environmentally sensitive project planning, design, and construction, to the extent that there are sufficient project applications eligible for such assistance. [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (2) $2,000,000,000 shall be for capitalization grants for the Drinking Water State Revolving Funds under section 1452 of the Safe Drinking Water Act (42 U.S.C. 300j-12), except that such funds shall not be subject to the State matching requirements of section 1452(e) of such Act: Provided, That the amount set aside from this appropriation pursuant to section 1106 of this Act shall be not more than 2 percent instead of the percentage specified in such section: Provided further, That section 1452(k) of the Safe Drinking Water Act shall not apply to such funds: Provided further, That the requirements of section 1450(e) of such Act (42 U.S.C. 300j-9(e)) shall apply to the construction carried out in whole or part with assistance made available under this heading by a Drinking Water State Revolving fund under section 1452 of such Act: Provided further, That, notwithstanding the requirements of section 1452(a)(2) of such Act, each State shall use 50 percent of the amount of the capitalization grant received by the State under section 1452 of such Act to provide assistance, in the form of additional subsidization, including forgiveness of principal, negative interest loans, and grants, to municipalities (as defined in section 1401 of such Act) for projects that are included on the State’s priority list established under section 1452(b)(3) of such Act. [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (3) $300,000,000 shall be for grants under title VII, Subtitle G of the Energy Policy Act of 2005: Provided, That the amount set aside from this appropriation pursuant to section 1106 of this Act shall be not more than 3 percent instead of the percentage specified in such section. [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (4) $100,000,000 shall be to carry out section 104(k) of the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act of 1980: Provided, That the amount set aside from this appropriation pursuant to section 1106 of this Act shall be not more than 3 percent instead of the percentage specified in such section. [<-Struck out]

[Struck out->] DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE [<-Struck out]

[Struck out->] Forest Service [<-Struck out]

[Struck out->] capital improvement and maintenance [<-Struck out]

[Struck out->] (including transfer of funds) [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] For an additional amount for ‘Capital Improvement and Maintenance’, $650,000,000, for reconstruction, capital improvement, decommissioning, and maintenance of forest roads, bridges and trails; alternative energy technologies, energy efficiency enhancements and deferred maintenance at Federal facilities; and for remediation of abandoned mine sites, removal of fish passage barriers, and other critical habitat, forest improvement and watershed enhancement projects on Federal lands and waters: Provided, That funds may be transferred to ‘National Forest System’: Provided further, That the amount set aside from this appropriation pursuant to section 1106 of this Act shall be not more than 5 percent instead of the percentage specified in such section. [<-Struck out]

[Struck out->] wildland fire management [<-Struck out]

[Struck out->] (including transfers of funds) [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] For an additional amount for ‘Wildland Fire Management’, $850,000,000, of which $300,000,000 is for hazardous fuels reduction, forest health, wood to energy grants and rehabilitation and restoration activities on Federal lands, and of which $550,000,000 is for State fire assistance hazardous fuels projects, volunteer fire assistance, cooperative forest health projects, city forest enhancements, and wood to energy grants on State and private lands: Provided, That amounts in this paragraph may be transferred to ‘State and Private Forestry’ and ‘National Forest System’: Provided further, That the amount set aside from this appropriation pursuant to section 1106 of this Act shall be not more than 5 percent instead of the percentage specified in such section. [<-Struck out]

[Struck out->] DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES [<-Struck out]

[Struck out->] Indian Health Service [<-Struck out]

[Struck out->] indian health facilities [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] For an additional amount for ‘Indian Health Facilities’, $550,000,000, for priority health care facilities construction projects and deferred maintenance, and the purchase of equipment and related services, including but not limited to health information technology: Provided, That notwithstanding any other provision of law, the amounts available under this paragraph shall be allocated at the discretion of the Director of the Indian Health Service: Provided further, That the amount set aside from this appropriation pursuant to section 1106 of this Act shall be not more than 5 percent instead of the percentage specified in such section. [<-Struck out]

[Struck out->] OTHER RELATED AGENCIES [<-Struck out]

[Struck out->] Smithsonian Institution [<-Struck out]

[Struck out->] facilities capital [<-Struck out]

[Struck out->] (including transfer of funds) [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] For an additional amount for ‘Facilities Capital’, $150,000,000, for deferred maintenance projects, and for repair, revitalization, and alteration of facilities owned or occupied by the Smithsonian Institution, by contract or otherwise, as authorized by section 2 of the Act of August 22, 1949 (63 Stat. 623): Provided, That funds may be transferred to ‘Salaries and Expenses’: Provided further, That the amount set aside from this appropriation pursuant to section 1106 of this Act shall be not more than 5 percent instead of the percentage specified in such section. [<-Struck out]

[Struck out->] National Foundation on the Arts and the Humanities [<-Struck out]

[Struck out->] National Endowment for the Arts [<-Struck out]

[Struck out->] grants and administration [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] For an additional amount for ‘Grants and Administration’, $50,000,000, to be distributed in direct grants to fund arts projects and activities which preserve jobs in the non-profit arts sector threatened by declines in philanthropic and other support during the current economic downturn: Provided, That 40 percent of such funds shall be distributed to State arts agencies and regional arts organizations in a manner similar to the agency’s current practice and 60 percent of such funds shall be for competitively selected arts projects and activities according to sections 2 and 5(c) of the National Foundation on the Arts and Humanities Act of 1965 (20 U.S.C. 951, 954(c)): Provided further, That matching requirements under section 5(e) of such Act shall be waived: Provided further, That the amount set aside from this appropriation pursuant to section 1106 of this Act shall be not more than 5 percent instead of the percentage specified in such section. [<-Struck out]

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TITLE IX--LABOR, HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES, AND EDUCATION

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Subtitle A--Labor

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[Struck out->] DEPARTMENT OF LABOR [<-Struck out]

[Struck out->] Employment and Training Administration [<-Struck out]

[Struck out->] training and employment services [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] For an additional amount for ‘Training and Employment Services’ for activities under the Workforce Investment Act of 1998 (‘WIA’), $4,000,000,000, which shall be available for obligation on the date of enactment of this Act, as follows: [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (1) $500,000,000 for grants to the States for adult employment and training activities. [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (2) $1,200,000,000 for grants to the States for youth activities, including summer jobs for youth: Provided, That the work readiness performance indicator described in section 136(b)(2)(A)(ii)(I) of the WIA shall be the only measure of performance used to assess the effectiveness of summer jobs for youth provided with such funds: Provided further, That with respect to the youth activities provided with such funds, section 101(13)(A) of the WIA shall be applied by substituting ‘age 24’ for ‘age 21’: Provided further, That no portion of the additional funds provided herein shall be reserved to carry out section 127(b)(1)(A) of the WIA: Provided further, That for purposes of section 127(b)(1)(C)(iv) of the WIA, such funds shall be allotted as if the total amount of funding available for youth activities in the fiscal year does not exceed $1,000,000,000. [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (3) $1,000,000,000 for grants to the States for dislocated worker employment and training activities. [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (4) $500,000,000 for the dislocated workers assistance national reserve to remain available for Federal obligation through June 30, 2010: Provided, That such funds shall be made available for grants only to eligible entities that serve areas of high unemployment or high poverty and only for the purposes described in subsection 173(a)(1) of the WIA: Provided further, That the Secretary of Labor shall ensure that applicants for such funds demonstrate how income support, child care, and other supportive services necessary for an individual’s participation in job training will be provided. [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (5) $50,000,000 for YouthBuild activities, which shall remain available for Federal obligation through June 30, 2010. [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (6) $750,000,000 for a program of competitive grants for worker training and placement in high growth and emerging industry sectors (including projects funded under section 6002 of division B of this Act): Provided, That $500,000,000 shall be for research, labor exchange and job training projects that prepare workers for careers in the energy efficiency and renewable energy industries specified in section 171(e)(1)(B)(ii) of the WIA (as amended by the Green Jobs Act of 2007): Provided further, That in awarding grants from those funds not designated in the preceding proviso, the Secretary of Labor shall give priority to projects that prepare workers for careers in the health care sector: Provided further, That the provisions of section 1103 of this Act shall not apply to this appropriation: [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] Provided, That the additional funds provided to States under this heading are not subject to section 191(a) of the WIA: Provided further, That notwithstanding section 1106 of this Act, there shall be no amount set aside from the appropriations made in subsections (1) through (3) under this heading and the amount set aside for subsections (4) through (6) shall be up to 1 percent instead of the percentage specified in such section. [<-Struck out]

[Struck out->] community service employment for older americans [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] For an additional amount for ‘Community Service Employment for Older Americans’ to carry out title V of the Older Americans Act of 1965, $120,000,000, which shall be available for obligation on the date of enactment of this Act: Provided, That funds shall be allotted within 30 days of such enactment to current grantees in proportion to their allotment in program year 2008. [<-Struck out]

[Struck out->] state unemployment insurance and employment service operations [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] For an additional amount for ‘State Unemployment Insurance and Employment Service Operations’ for grants to the States in accordance with section 6 of the Wagner-Peyser Act, $500,000,000, which may be expended from the Employment Security Administration Account in the Unemployment Trust Fund, and which shall be available for obligation on the date of enactment of this Act: Provided, That such funds shall remain available to the States through September 30, 2010: Provided further, That, with respect to such funds, section 6(b)(1) of such Act shall be applied by substituting ‘one-third’ for ‘two-thirds’ in subparagraph (A), with the remaining one-third of the sums to be allotted in accordance with section 132(b)(2)(B)(ii)(III) of the Workforce Investment Act of 1998: Provided further, That not less than $250,000,000 of the amount provided under this heading shall be used by States for reemployment services for unemployment insurance claimants (including the integrated Employment Service and Unemployment Insurance information technology required to identify and serve the needs of such claimants): Provided further, That the Secretary of Labor shall establish planning and reporting procedures necessary to provide oversight of funds used for reemployment services. [<-Struck out]

[Struck out->] Departmental Management [<-Struck out]

[Struck out->] salaries and expenses [<-Struck out]

[Struck out->] (including transfer of funds) [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] For an additional amount for ‘Departmental Management’, $80,000,000, for the enforcement of worker protection laws and regulations, oversight, and coordination activities related to the infrastructure and unemployment insurance investments in this Act: Provided, That the Secretary of Labor may transfer such sums as necessary to ‘Employment and Standards Administration’, ‘Occupational Safety and Health Administration’, and ‘Employment and Training Administration--Program Administration’ for enforcement, oversight, and coordination activities: Provided further, That the provisions of section 1106 of this Act shall not apply to this appropriation. [<-Struck out]

[Struck out->] office of job corps [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] For an additional amount for ‘Office of Job Corps’, $300,000,000, for construction, rehabilitation and acquisition of Job Corps Centers, which shall be available upon the date of enactment of this Act and remain available for obligation through June 30, 2010: Provided, That section 1552(a) of title 31, United States Code shall not apply to up to 30 percent of such funds, if such funds are used for a multi-year lease agreement that will result in construction activities that can commence within 120 days of enactment of this Act: Provided further, That notwithstanding section 3324(a) of title 31, United States Code, the funds referred to in the preceding proviso may be used for advance, progress, and other payments: Provided further, That the Secretary of Labor may transfer up to 15 percent of such funds to meet the operational needs of such centers, which may include the provision of additional training for careers in the energy efficiency and renewable energy industries: Provided further, That priority should be given to activities that can commence promptly following enactment and to those projects that will create the greatest impact on the energy efficiency of Job Corps facilities: Provided further, That the Secretary shall provide to the Committees on Appropriations of the House of Representatives and the Senate a report on the actual obligations, expenditures, and unobligated balances for each activity funded under this heading not later than September 30, 2009 and quarterly thereafter as long as funding provided under this heading is available for obligation or expenditure. [<-Struck out]

[Struck out->] GENERAL PROVISIONS, THIS SUBTITLE [<-Struck out]

[Struck out->] SEC. 9101. ELIGIBLE EMPLOYEES IN THE RECREATIONAL MARINE INDUSTRY. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] Section 2(3)(F) of the Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act (33 U.S.C. 902(3)(F)) is amended-- [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (1) by striking ‘, repair, or dismantle’; and [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (2) by striking the semicolon and inserting ‘, or individuals employed to repair any recreational vessel, or to dismantle any part of a recreational vessel in connection with the repair of such vessel;’. [<-Struck out]

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Subtitle B--Health and Human Services

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[Struck out->] DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES [<-Struck out]

[Struck out->] Health Resources and Services [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] For an additional amount for ‘Health Resources and Services’, $2,188,000,000 which shall be used as follows: [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (1) $500,000,000, of which $250,000,000 shall not be available until October 1, 2009, shall be for grants to health centers authorized under section 330 of the Public Health Service Act (‘PHS Act’). [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (2) $1,000,000,000 shall be available for renovation and repair of health centers authorized under section 330 of the PHS Act and for the acquisition by such centers of health information technology systems: Provided, That the timeframe for the award of grants pursuant to section 1103(b) of this Act shall not be later than 180 days after the date of enactment of this Act instead of the timeframe specified in such section. [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (3) $88,000,000 shall be for fit-out and other costs related to moving into a facility to be secured through a competitive lease procurement to replace or renovate a headquarters building for Public Health Service agencies and other components of the Department of Health and Human Services. [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (4) $600,000,000, of which $300,000,000 shall not be available until October 1, 2009, shall be for the training of nurses and primary care physicians and dentists as authorized under titles VII and VIII of the PHS Act, for the provision of health care personnel under the National Health Service Corps program authorized under title III of the PHS Act, and for the patient navigator program authorized under title III of the PHS Act. [<-Struck out]

[Struck out->] Centers for Disease Control and Prevention [<-Struck out]

[Struck out->] disease control, research, and training [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] For an additional amount for ‘Disease Control, Research, and Training’ for equipment, construction, and renovation of facilities, including necessary repairs and improvements to leased laboratories, $462,000,000: Provided, That notwithstanding any other provision of law, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention may award a single contract or related contracts for development and construction of facilities that collectively include the full scope of the project: Provided further, That the solicitation and contract shall contain the clause ‘availability of funds’ found at 48 CFR 52.232-18: Provided further, That in accordance with applicable authorities, policies, and procedures, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shall acquire real property, and make any necessary improvements thereon, to relocate and consolidate property and facilities of the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health. [<-Struck out]

[Struck out->] National Institutes of Health [<-Struck out]

[Struck out->] national center for research resources [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] For an additional amount for ‘National Center for Research Resources’, $1,500,000,000 for grants or contracts under section 481A of the Public Health Service Act to renovate or repair existing non-Federal research facilities: Provided, That sections 481A(c)(1)(B)(ii), paragraphs (1), (3), and (4) of section 481A(e), and section 481B of such Act shall not apply to the use of such funds: Provided further, That the references to ‘20 years’ in subsections (c)(1)(B)(i) and (f) of section 481A of such Act are deemed to be references to ‘10 years’ for purposes of using such funds: Provided further, That the National Center for Research Resources may also use such funds to provide, under the authority of section 301 and title IV of such Act, shared instrumentation and other capital research equipment to recipients of grants and contracts under section 481A of such Act and other appropriate entities: Provided further, That the Director of the Center shall provide to the Committees on Appropriations of the House of Representatives and the Senate an annual report indicating the number of institutions receiving awards of a grant or contract under section 481A of such Act, the proposed use of the funding, the average award size, a list of grant or contract recipients, and the amount of each award: Provided further, That the Center, in obligating such funds, shall require that each entity that applies for a grant or contract under section 481A for any project shall include in its application an assurance described in section 1621(b)(1)(I) of the Public Health Service Act: Provided further, That the Center shall give priority in the award of grants and contracts under section 481A of such Act to those applications that are expected to generate demonstrable energy-saving or beneficial environmental effects: Provided further, That the provisions of section 1103 of this Act shall not apply to the peer-reviewed grants awarded under this heading. [<-Struck out]

[Struck out->] office of the director [<-Struck out]

[Struck out->] (including transfer of funds) [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] For an additional amount for ‘Office of the Director’, $1,500,000,000, of which $750,000,000 shall not be available until October 1, 2009: Provided, That such funds shall be transferred to the Institutes and Centers of the National Institutes of Health and to the Common Fund established under section 402A(c)(1) of the Public Health Service Act in proportion to the appropriations otherwise made to such Institutes, Centers, and Common Fund for fiscal year 2009: Provided further, That these funds shall be used to support additional scientific research and shall be merged with and be available for the same purposes as the appropriation or fund to which transferred: Provided further, That this transfer authority is in addition to any other transfer authority available to the National Institutes of Health: Provided further, That none of these funds may be transferred to ‘National Institutes of Health--Buildings and Facilities’, the Center for Scientific Review, the Center for Information Technology, the Clinical Center, the Global Fund for HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, or the Office of the Director (except for the transfer to the Common Fund): Provided further, That the provisions of section 1103 of this Act shall not apply to the peer-reviewed grants awarded under this heading. [<-Struck out]

[Struck out->] buildings and facilities [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] For an additional amount for ‘Buildings and Facilities’, $500,000,000, to fund high priority repair and improvement projects for National Institutes of Health facilities on the Bethesda, Maryland campus and other agency locations. [<-Struck out]

[Struck out->] Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality [<-Struck out]

[Struck out->] healthcare research and quality [<-Struck out]

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    [Struck out->] For an additional amount for ‘Healthcare Research and Quality’ to carry out titles III and IX of the Public Health Service Act, part A of title XI of the Social Security Act, and section 1013 of the Medicare Prescription Drug, Improvement, and Modernization Act of 2003, $700,000,000 for comparative effectiveness research: Provided, That of the amount appropriated in this paragraph, $400,000,000 shall be transferred to the Office of the Director of the National Institutes of Health (‘Office of the Director’) to conduct or support comparative effectiveness research: Provided further, That funds transferred to the Office of the Director may be transferred to the national research institutes and national centers of the National Institutes of Health and to the Common Fund established under section 402A(c)(1) of the Public Health Service Act: Provided further, That this transfer authority is in addition to any other transfer authority available to the National Institutes of Health: Provided further, That the provisions of section 1103 of this Act shall not apply to the peer-reviewed grants awarded under this paragraph: Provided further, That the amount set aside from this appropriation pursuant to section 1106 of this Act shall be not more than 1 percent instead of the percentage specified in such section. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] In addition, $400,000,000 shall be available for comparative effectiveness research to be allocated at the discretion of the Secretary of Health and Human Services (‘Secretary’): Provided, That the funding appropriated in this paragraph shall be used to accelerate the development and dissemination of research assessing the comparative effectiveness of health care treatments and strategies, including through efforts that: (1) conduct, support, or synthesize research that compares the clinical outcomes, effectiveness, and appropriateness of items, services, and procedures that are used to prevent, diagnose, or treat diseases, disorders, and other health conditions; and (2) encourage the development and use of clinical registries, clinical data networks, and other forms of electronic health data that can be used to generate or obtain outcomes data: Provided further, That the Secretary shall enter into a contract with the Institute of Medicine, for which no more than $1,500,000 shall be made available from funds provided in this paragraph, to produce and submit a report to the Congress and the Secretary by not later than June 30, 2009, that includes recommendations on the national priorities for comparative effectiveness research to be conducted or supported with the funds provided in this paragraph and that considers input from stakeholders: Provided further, That the Secretary shall consider any recommendations of the Federal Coordinating Council for Comparative Effectiveness Research established by section 9201 of this Act and any recommendations included in the Institute of Medicine report pursuant to the preceding proviso in designating activities to receive funds provided in this paragraph and may make grants and contracts with appropriate entities, which may include agencies within the Department of Health and Human Services and other governmental agencies, as well as private sector entities, that have demonstrated experience and capacity to achieve the goals of comparative effectiveness research: Provided further, That the Secretary shall publish information on grants and contracts awarded with the funds provided under this heading within a reasonable time of the obligation of funds for such grants and contracts and shall disseminate research findings from such grants and contracts to clinicians, patients, and the general public, as appropriate: Provided further, That, to the extent feasible, the Secretary shall ensure that the recipients of the funds provided by this paragraph offer an opportunity for public comment on the research: Provided further, That the provisions of section 1103 of this Act shall not apply to the peer-reviewed grants awarded under this paragraph: Provided further, That the Secretary shall provide the Committees on Appropriations of the House of Representatives and the Senate, the Committee on Energy and Commerce and the Committee on Ways and Means of the House of Representatives, and the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions and the Committee on Finance of the Senate with an annual report on the research conducted or supported through the funds provided under this heading: Provided further, That the Secretary, jointly with the Directors of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality and the National Institutes of Health, shall provide the Committees on Appropriations of the House of Representatives and the Senate a fiscal year 2009 operating plan for the funds appropriated under this heading prior to making any Federal obligations of such funds in fiscal year 2009, but not later than 90 days after the date of enactment of this Act, and a fiscal year 2010 operating plan for such funds prior to making any Federal obligations of such funds in fiscal year 2010, but not later than November 1, 2009, that detail the type of research being conducted or supported, including the priority conditions addressed; and specify the allocation of resources within the Department of Health and Human Services: Provided further, That the Secretary jointly with the Directors of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality and the National Institutes of Health, shall provide to the Committees on Appropriations of the House of Representatives and the Senate a report on the actual obligations, expenditures, and unobligated balances for each activity funded under this heading not later than November 1, 2009, and every 6 months thereafter as long as funding provided under this heading is available for obligation or expenditure. [<-Struck out]

[Struck out->] Administration for Children and Families [<-Struck out]

[Struck out->] low-income home energy assistance [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] For an additional amount for ‘Low-Income Home Energy Assistance’ for making payments under section 2602(b) and section 2602(d) of the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Act of 1981, $1,000,000,000, which shall become available on October 1, 2009: Provided, That the provisions of section 1106 of this Act shall not apply to this appropriation. [<-Struck out]

[Struck out->] payments to states for the child care and development block grant [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] For an additional amount for ‘Payments to States for the Child Care and Development Block Grant’, $2,000,000,000, of which $1,000,000,000 shall become available on October 1, 2009, which shall be used to supplement, not supplant State general revenue funds for child care assistance for low-income families: Provided, That the provisions of section 1106 of this Act shall not apply to this appropriation. [<-Struck out]

[Struck out->] children and families services programs [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] For an additional amount for ‘Children and Families Services Programs’, $3,200,000,000, which shall be used as follows: [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (1) $1,000,000,000 for carrying out activities under the Head Start Act, of which $500,000,000 shall become available on October 1, 2009. [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (2) $1,100,000,000 for expansion of Early Head Start programs, as described in section 645A of the Head Start Act, of which $550,000,000 shall become available on October 1, 2009: Provided, That of the funds provided in this sentence, up to 10 percent shall be available for the provision of training and technical assistance to such programs consistent with section 645A(g)(2) of such Act, and up to 3 percent shall be available for monitoring the operation of such programs consistent with section 641A of such Act: Provided further, That the preceding proviso shall apply to this appropriation in lieu of the provisions of section 1106 of this Act: Provided further, That the provisions of section 1103 of this Act shall not apply to this appropriation. [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (3) $1,000,000,000 for carrying out activities under sections 674 through 679 of the Community Services Block Grant Act, of which $500,000,000 shall become available on October 1, 2009, and of which no part shall be subject to paragraphs (2) and (3) of section 674(b) of such Act: Provided, That notwithstanding section 675C(a)(1) of such Act, 100 percent of the funds made available to a State from this additional amount shall be distributed to eligible entities as defined in section 673(1) of such Act: Provided further, That for services furnished under such Act during fiscal years 2009 and 2010, States may apply the last sentence of section 673(2) of such Act by substituting ‘200 percent’ for ‘125 percent’: Provided further, That the provisions of section 1106 of this Act shall not apply to this appropriation. [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (4) $100,000,000 for carrying out activities under section 1110 of the Social Security Act, of which $50,000,000 shall become available on October 1, 2009: Provided, That the Secretary of Health and Human Services shall distribute such amount under the Compassion Capital Fund to eligible faith-based and community organizations: Provided further, That the provisions of section 1106 of this Act shall not apply to this appropriation. [<-Struck out]

[Struck out->] Administration on Aging [<-Struck out]

[Struck out->] aging services programs [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] For an additional amount for ‘Aging Services Programs’ under section 311, and subparts 1 and 2 of part C, of title III of the Older Americans Act of 1965, $200,000,000, of which $100,000,000 shall become available on October 1, 2009: Provided, That the provisions of section 1106 of this Act shall not apply to this appropriation. [<-Struck out]

[Struck out->] Office of the Secretary [<-Struck out]

[Struck out->] office of the national coordinator for health information technology [<-Struck out]

[Struck out->] (including transfer of funds) [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] For an additional amount for ‘Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology’ to carry out section 9202 of this Act, $2,000,000,000, to remain available until expended: Provided, That of such amount, the Secretary of Health and Human Services shall transfer $20,000,000 to the Director of the National Institute of Standards and Technology in the Department of Commerce for continued work on advancing health care information enterprise integration through activities such as technical standards analysis and establishment of conformance testing infrastructure, so long as such activities are coordinated with the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology: Provided further, That the provisions of section 1103 of this Act shall not apply to this appropriation: Provided further, That the amount set aside from this appropriation pursuant to section 1106 of this Act shall be 0.25 percent instead of the percentage specified in such section: Provided further, That funds available under this heading shall become available for obligation only upon submission of an annual operating plan by the Secretary to the Committees on Appropriations of the House of Representatives and the Senate: Provided further, That the fiscal year 2009 operating plan shall be provided not later than 90 days after enactment of this Act and that subsequent annual operating plans shall be provided not later than November 1 of each year: Provided further, That these operating plans shall describe how expenditures are aligned with the specific objectives, milestones, and metrics of the Federal Health Information Technology Strategic Plan, including any subsequent updates to the Plan; the allocation of resources within the Department of Health and Human Services and other Federal agencies; and the identification of programs and activities that are supported: Provided further, That the Secretary shall provide to the Committees on Appropriations of the House of Representatives and the Senate a report on the actual obligations, expenditures, and unobligated balances for each major set of activities not later than November 1, 2009, and every 6 months thereafter as long as funding provided under this heading is available for obligation or expenditure: Provided further, That the Comptroller General of the United States shall review on an annual basis the expenditures from funds provided under this heading to determine if such funds are used in a manner consistent with the purpose and requirements under this heading. [<-Struck out]

[Struck out->] public health and social services emergency fund [<-Struck out]

[Struck out->] (including transfer of funds) [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] For an additional amount for ‘Public Health and Social Services Emergency Fund’ to support advanced research and development pursuant to section 319L of the Public Health Service Act, $430,000,000: Provided, That the provisions of section 1103 of this Act shall not apply to this appropriation. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] For an additional amount for ‘Public Health and Social Services Emergency Fund’ to prepare for and respond to an influenza pandemic, including the development and purchase of vaccine, antivirals, necessary medical supplies, diagnostics, and other surveillance tools, $420,000,000: Provided, That the provisions of section 1103 of this Act shall not apply to this appropriation: Provided further, That products purchased with these funds may, at the discretion of the Secretary of Health and Human Services (‘Secretary’), be deposited in the Strategic National Stockpile: Provided further, That notwithstanding section 496(b) of the Public Health Service Act, funds may be used for the construction or renovation of privately owned facilities for the production of pandemic influenza vaccine and other biologics, where the Secretary finds such a contract necessary to secure sufficient supplies of such vaccines or biologics: Provided further, That funds appropriated in this paragraph may be transferred to other appropriation accounts of the Department of Health and Human Services, as determined by the Secretary to be appropriate, to be used for the purposed specified in this sentence. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] For an additional amount for ‘Public Health and Social Services Emergency Fund’ to improve information technology security at the Department of Health and Human Services, $50,000,000: Provided, That the Secretary shall prepare and submit a report by not later than November 1, 2009, and by not later than 15 days after the end of each month thereafter, updating the status of actions taken and funds obligated in this and previous appropriations Acts for pandemic influenza preparedness and response activities, biomedical advanced research and development activities, Project BioShield, and Cyber Security. [<-Struck out]

[Struck out->] prevention and wellness fund [<-Struck out]

[Struck out->] (including transfer of funds) [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] For necessary expenses for a ‘Prevention and Wellness Fund’ to be administered through the Department of Health and Human Services Office of the Secretary, $3,000,000,000: Provided, That the provisions of section 1103 of this Act shall not apply to this appropriation: Provided further, That of the amount appropriated under this heading not less than $2,350,000,000 shall be transferred to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as follows: [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (1) Not less than $954,000,000 shall be used as an additional amount to carry out the immunization program authorized by section 317(a), (j), and (k)(1) of the Public Health Service Act (‘section 317 immunization program’), of which $649,900,000 shall be available on October 1, 2009. [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (2) Not less than $296,000,000 shall be used as an additional amount to carry out Part A of title XIX of the Public Health Service Act, of which $148,000,000 shall be available on October 1, 2009. [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (3) Not less than $545,000,000 shall be used as an additional amount to carry out chronic disease, health promotion, and genomics programs, as jointly determined by the Secretary of Health and Human Services (‘Secretary’) and the Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (‘Director’). [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (4) Not less than $335,000,000 shall be used as an additional amount to carry out domestic HIV/AIDS, viral hepatitis, sexually-transmitted diseases, and tuberculosis prevention programs, as jointly determined by the Secretary and the Director. [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (5) Not less than $60,000,000 shall be used as an additional amount to carry out environmental health programs, as jointly determined by the Secretary and the Director. [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (6) Not less than $50,000,000 shall be used as an additional amount to carry out injury prevention and control programs, as jointly determined by the Secretary and the Director. [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (7) Not less than $30,000,000 shall be used as an additional amount for public health workforce development activities, as jointly determined by the Secretary and the Director. [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (8) Not less than $40,000,000 shall be used as an additional amount for the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health to carry out research activities within the National Occupational Research Agenda. [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (9) Not less than $40,000,000 shall be used as an additional amount for the National Center for Health Statistics: [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] Provided further, That of the amount appropriated under this heading not less than $150,000,000 shall be available for an additional amount to carry out activities to implement a national action plan to prevent healthcare-associated infections, as determined by the Secretary, of which not less $50,000,000 shall be provided to States to implement healthcare-associated infection reduction strategies: Provided further, That of the amount appropriated under this heading $500,000,000 shall be used to carry out evidence-based clinical and community-based prevention and wellness strategies and public health workforce development activities authorized by the Public Health Service Act, as determined by the Secretary, that deliver specific, measurable health outcomes that address chronic and infectious disease rates and health disparities, which shall include evidence-based interventions in obesity, diabetes, heart disease, cancer, tobacco cessation and smoking prevention, and oral health, and which may be used for the Healthy Communities program administered by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and other existing community-based programs administered by the Department of Health and Human Services: Provided further, That funds appropriated in the preceding proviso may be transferred to other appropriation accounts of the Department of Health and Human Services, as determined by the Secretary to be appropriate: Provided further, That the Secretary shall, directly or through contracts with public or private entities, provide for annual evaluations of programs carried out with funds provided under this heading in order to determine the quality and effectiveness of the programs: Provided further, That the Secretary shall, not later than 1 year after the date of enactment of this Act, submit to the Committees on Appropriations of the House of Representatives and the Senate, the Committee on Energy and Commerce of the House of Representatives, and the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions of the Senate, a report: (1) summarizing the annual evaluations of programs from the preceding proviso; and (2) making recommendations concerning future spending on prevention and wellness activities, including any recommendations made by the United States Preventive Services Task Force in the area of clinical preventive services and the Task Force on Community Preventive Services in the area of community preventive services: Provided further, That the Secretary shall enter into a contract with the Institute of Medicine, for which no more than $1,500,000 shall be made available from funds provided in this paragraph, to produce and submit a report to the Congress and the Secretary by no later than 1 year after the date of enactment of this Act that includes recommendations on the national priorities for clinical and community-based prevention and wellness activities that will have a positive impact in preventing illness or reducing healthcare costs and that considers input from stakeholders: Provided further, That the Secretary shall provide to the Committees on Appropriations of the House of Representatives and the Senate a fiscal year 2009 operating plan for the Prevention and Wellness Fund prior to making any Federal obligations of funds provided under this heading in fiscal year 2009 (excluding funds to carry out the section 317 immunization program), but not later than 90 days after the date of enactment of this Act, and a fiscal year 2010 operating plan for the Prevention and Wellness Fund prior to making any Federal obligations of funds provided under this heading in fiscal year 2010 (excluding funds to carry out the section 317 immunization program), but not later than November 1, 2009, that indicate the prevention priorities to be addressed; provide measurable goals for each prevention priority; detail the allocation of resources within the Department of Health and Human Services; and identify which programs or activities are supported, including descriptions of any new programs or activities: Provided further, That the Secretary shall provide to the Committees on Appropriations of the House of Representatives and the Senate a report on the actual obligations, expenditures, and unobligated balances for each activity funded under this heading not later than November 1, 2009, and every 6 months thereafter as long as funding provided under this heading is available for obligation or expenditure. [<-Struck out]

[Struck out->] GENERAL PROVISIONS, THIS SUBTITLE [<-Struck out]

[Struck out->] SEC. 9201. FEDERAL COORDINATING COUNCIL FOR COMPARATIVE EFFECTIVENESS RESEARCH. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (a) Establishment- There is hereby established a Federal Coordinating Council for Comparative Effectiveness Research (in this section referred to as the ‘Council’). [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (b) Purpose; Duties- The Council shall-- [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (1) assist the offices and agencies of the Federal Government, including the Departments of Health and Human Services, Veterans Affairs, and Defense, and other Federal departments or agencies, to coordinate the conduct or support of comparative effectiveness and related health services research; and [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (2) advise the President and Congress on-- [<-Struck out]

        [Struck out->] (A) strategies with respect to the infrastructure needs of comparative effectiveness research within the Federal Government; [<-Struck out]

        [Struck out->] (B) appropriate organizational expenditures for comparative effectiveness research by relevant Federal departments and agencies; and [<-Struck out]

        [Struck out->] (C) opportunities to assure optimum coordination of comparative effectiveness and related health services research conducted or supported by relevant Federal departments and agencies, with the goal of reducing duplicative efforts and encouraging coordinated and complementary use of resources. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (c) Membership- [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (1) NUMBER AND APPOINTMENT- The Council shall be composed of not more than 15 members, all of whom are senior Federal officers or employees with responsibility for health-related programs, appointed by the President, acting through the Secretary of Health and Human Services (in this section referred to as the ‘Secretary’). Members shall first be appointed to the Council not later than 30 days after the date of the enactment of this Act. [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (2) MEMBERS- [<-Struck out]

        [Struck out->] (A) IN GENERAL- The members of the Council shall include one senior officer or employee from each of the following agencies: [<-Struck out]

          [Struck out->] (i) The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. [<-Struck out]

          [Struck out->] (ii) The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. [<-Struck out]

          [Struck out->] (iii) The National Institutes of Health. [<-Struck out]

          [Struck out->] (iv) The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology. [<-Struck out]

          [Struck out->] (v) The Food and Drug Administration. [<-Struck out]

          [Struck out->] (vi) The Veterans Health Administration within the Department of Veterans Affairs. [<-Struck out]

          [Struck out->] (vii) The office within the Department of Defense responsible for management of the Department of Defense Military Health Care System. [<-Struck out]

        [Struck out->] (B) QUALIFICATIONS- At least half of the members of the Council shall be physicians or other experts with clinical expertise. [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (3) CHAIRMAN; VICE CHAIRMAN- The Secretary shall serve as Chairman of the Council and shall designate a member to serve as Vice Chairman. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (d) Reports- [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (1) INITIAL REPORT- Not later than June 30, 2009, the Council shall submit to the President and the Congress a report containing information describing Federal activities on comparative effectiveness research and recommendations for additional investments in such research conducted or supported from funds made available for allotment by the Secretary for comparative effectiveness research in this Act. [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (2) ANNUAL REPORT- The Council shall submit to the President and Congress an annual report regarding its activities and recommendations concerning the infrastructure needs, appropriate organizational expenditures and opportunities for better coordination of comparative effectiveness research by relevant Federal departments and agencies. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (e) Staffing; Support- From funds made available for allotment by the Secretary for comparative effectiveness research in this Act, the Secretary shall make available not more than 1 percent to the Council for staff and administrative support. [<-Struck out]

[Struck out->] SEC. 9202. INVESTMENT IN HEALTH INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (a) In General- The Secretary of Health and Human Services shall invest in the infrastructure necessary to allow for and promote the electronic exchange and use of health information for each individual in the United States consistent with the goals outlined in the Strategic Plan developed by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology. Such investment shall include investment in at least the following: [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (1) Health information technology architecture that will support the nationwide electronic exchange and use of health information in a secure, private, and accurate manner, including connecting health information exchanges, and which may include updating and implementing the infrastructure necessary within different agencies of the Department of Health and Human Services to support the electronic use and exchange of health information. [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (2) Integration of health information technology, including electronic medical records, into the initial and ongoing training of health professionals and others in the healthcare industry who would be instrumental to improving the quality of healthcare through the smooth and accurate electronic use and exchange of health information as determined by the Secretary. [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (3) Training on and dissemination of information on best practices to integrate health information technology, including electronic records, into a provider’s delivery of care, including community health centers receiving assistance under section 330 of the Public Health Service Act and providers participating in one or more of the programs under titles XVIII, XIX, and XXI of the Social Security Act (relating to Medicare, Medicaid, and the State Children’s Health Insurance Program). [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (4) Infrastructure and tools for the promotion of telemedicine, including coordination among Federal agencies in the promotion of telemedicine. [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (5) Promotion of the interoperability of clinical data repositories or registries. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] The Secretary shall implement paragraph (3) in coordination with State agencies administering the Medicaid program and the State Children’s Health Insurance Program. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (b) Limitation- None of the funds appropriated to carry out this section may be used to make significant investments in, or provide significant funds for, the acquisition of hardware or software or for the use of an electronic health or medical record, or significant components thereof, unless such investments or funds are for certified products that would permit the full and accurate electronic exchange and use of health information in a medical record, including standards for security, privacy, and quality improvement functions adopted by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (c) Report- The Secretary shall annually report to the Committees on Energy and Commerce, on Ways and Means, on Science and Technology, and on Appropriations of the House of Representatives and the Committees on Finance, on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions, and on Appropriations of the Senate on the uses of these funds and their impact on the infrastructure for the electronic exchange and use of health information. [<-Struck out]

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Subtitle C--Education

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[Struck out->] DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION [<-Struck out]

[Struck out->] Education for the Disadvantaged [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] For an additional amount for ‘Education for the Disadvantaged’ to carry out title I of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (‘ESEA’), $13,000,000,000: Provided, That $5,500,000,000 shall be available for targeted grants under section 1125 of the ESEA, of which $2,750,000,000 shall become available on July 1, 2009, and shall remain available through September 30, 2010, and $2,750,000,000 shall become available on July 1, 2010, and shall remain available through September 30, 2011: Provided further, That $5,500,000,000 shall be available for education finance incentive grants under section 1125A of the ESEA, of which $2,750,000,000 shall become available on July 1, 2009, and shall remain available through September 30, 2010, and $2,750,000,000 shall become available on July 1, 2010, and shall remain available through September 30, 2011: Provided further, That $2,000,000,000 shall be for school improvement grants under section 1003(g) of the ESEA, of which $1,000,000,000 shall become available on July 1, 2009, and shall remain available through September 30, 2010, and $1,000,000,000 shall become available on July 1, 2010, and shall remain available through September 30, 2011: Provided further, That the provisions of section 1106 of this Act shall not apply to this appropriation. [<-Struck out]

[Struck out->] Impact Aid [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] For an additional amount for ‘Impact Aid’ to carry out section 8007 of title VIII of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965, $100,000,000, which shall remain available through September 30, 2010: Provided, That the amount set aside from this appropriation pursuant to section 1106 of this Act shall be 1 percent instead of the percentage specified in such section. [<-Struck out]

[Struck out->] School Improvement Programs [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] For an additional amount for ‘School Improvement Programs’ to carry out subpart 1, part D of title II of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (‘ESEA’), and subtitle B of title VII of the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act, $1,066,000,000: Provided, That $1,000,000,000 shall be available for subpart 1, part D of title II of the ESEA, of which $500,000,000 shall become available on July 1, 2009, and shall remain available through September 30, 2010, and $500,000,000 shall become available on July 1, 2010, and remain available through September 30, 2011: Provided further, That the provisions of section 1106 of this Act shall not apply to these funds: Provided further, That $66,000,000 shall be available for subtitle B of title VII of the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act, of which $33,000,000 shall become available on July 1, 2009, and shall remain available through September 30, 2010, and $33,000,000 shall become available on July 1, 2010, and remain available through September 30, 2011. [<-Struck out]

[Struck out->] Innovation and Improvement [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] For an additional amount for ‘Innovation and Improvement’ to carry out subpart 1, part D and subpart 2, part B of title V of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (‘ESEA’), $225,000,000: Provided, That $200,000,000 shall be available for subpart 1, part D of title V of the ESEA: Provided further, That these funds shall be expended as directed in the fifth, sixth, and seventh provisos under the heading ‘Innovation and Improvement’ in the Department of Education Appropriations Act, 2008: Provided further, That a portion of these funds shall also be used for a rigorous national evaluation by the Institute of Education Sciences, utilizing randomized controlled methodology to the extent feasible, that assesses the impact of performance-based teacher and principal compensation systems supported by the funds provided in this Act on teacher and principal recruitment and retention in high-need schools and subjects: Provided further, That $25,000,000 shall be available for subpart 2, part B of title V of the ESEA: Provided further, That the amount set aside from this appropriation pursuant to section 1106 of this Act shall be 1 percent instead of the percentage specified in such section. [<-Struck out]

[Struck out->] Special Education [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] For an additional amount for ‘Special Education’ for carrying out section 611 and part C of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (‘IDEA’), $13,600,000,000: Provided, That $13,000,000,000 shall be available for section 611 of the IDEA, of which $6,000,000,000 shall become available on July 1, 2009, and remain available through September 30, 2010, and $7,000,000,000 shall become available on July 1, 2010, and remain available through September 30, 2011: Provided further, That $600,000,000 shall be available for part C of the IDEA, of which $300,000,000 shall become available on July 1, 2009, and remain available through September 30, 2010, and $300,000,000 shall become available on July 1, 2010, and remain available through September 30, 2011: Provided further, That by July 1, 2009, the Secretary of Education shall reserve the amount needed for grants under section 643(e) of the IDEA from funds available for obligation on July 1, 2009, with any remaining funds to be allocated in accordance with section 643(c) of the IDEA: Provided further, That by July 1, 2010, the Secretary shall reserve the amount needed for grants under section 643(e) of the IDEA from funds available for obligation on July 1, 2010, with any remaining funds to be allocated in accordance with section 643(c) of the IDEA: Provided further, That if every State, as defined by section 602(31) of the IDEA, reaches its maximum allocation under section 611(d)(3)(B)(iii) of the IDEA, and there are remaining funds, such funds shall be proportionally allocated to each State subject to the maximum amounts contained in section 611(a)(2) of the IDEA: Provided further, That the provisions of section 1106 of this Act shall not apply to this appropriation. [<-Struck out]

[Struck out->] Rehabilitation Services and Disability Research [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] For an additional amount for ‘Rehabilitation Services and Disability Research’ for providing grants to States to carry out the Vocational Rehabilitation Services program under part B of title I and parts B and C of chapter 1 and chapter 2 of title VII of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, $700,000,000: Provided, That $500,000,000 shall be available for part B of title I of the Rehabilitation Act, of which $250,000,000 shall become available on October 1, 2009: Provided further, That funds provided herein shall not be considered in determining the amount required to be appropriated under section 100(b)(1) of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 in any fiscal year: Provided further, That, notwithstanding section 7(14)(A), the Federal share of the costs of vocational rehabilitation services provided with the funds provided herein shall be 100 percent: Provided further, That the provisions of section 1106 of this Act shall not apply to these funds: Provided further, That $200,000,000 shall be available for parts B and C of chapter 1 and chapter 2 of title VII of the Rehabilitation Act, of which $100,000,000 shall become available on October 1, 2009: Provided further, That $34,775,000 shall be for State Grants, $114,581,000 shall be for independent living centers, and $50,644,000 shall be for services for older blind individuals. [<-Struck out]

[Struck out->] Student Financial Assistance [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] For an additional amount for ‘Student Financial Assistance’ to carry out subpart 1 of part A and part C of title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 (‘HEA’), $16,126,000,000, which shall remain available through September 30, 2011: Provided, That $15,636,000,000 shall be available for subpart 1of part A of title IV of the HEA: Provided further, That $490,000,000 shall be available for part C of title IV of the HEA, of which $245,000,000 shall become available on October 1, 2009: Provided further, That the provisions of section 1106 of this Act shall not apply to this appropriation. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] The maximum Pell Grant for which a student shall be eligible during award year 2009-2010 shall be $4,860. [<-Struck out]

[Struck out->] Student Aid Administration [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] For an additional amount for ‘Student Aid Administration’ to carry out part D of title I, and subparts 1, 3, and 4 of part A, and parts B, C, D, and E of title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965, $50,000,000, which shall remain available through September 30, 2011: Provided, That such amount shall also be available for an independent audit of programs and activities authorized under section 459A of such Act: Provided further, That the provisions of section 1106 of this Act shall not apply to this appropriation. [<-Struck out]

[Struck out->] Higher Education [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] For an additional amount for ‘Higher Education’ to carry out part A of title II of the Higher Education Act of 1965, $100,000,000: Provided, That section 203(c)(1) of such Act shall not apply to awards made with these funds. [<-Struck out]

[Struck out->] Institute of Education Sciences [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] For an additional amount for Institute of Education Sciences to carry out section 208 of the Educational Technical Assistance Act, $250,000,000, which may be used for Statewide data systems that include postsecondary and workforce information, of which up to $5,000,000 may be used for State data coordinators and for awards to public or private organizations or agencies to improve data coordination: Provided, That the amount set aside from this appropriation pursuant to section 1106 of this Act shall be 1 percent instead of the percentage specified in such section. [<-Struck out]

[Struck out->] School Modernization, Renovation, and Repair [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] For carrying out section 9301 of this Act, $14,000,000,000: Provided, That amount available under section 9301 of this Act for administration and oversight shall take the place of the set-aside under section 1106 of this Act. [<-Struck out]

[Struck out->] Higher Education Modernization, Renovation, and Repair [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] For carrying out section 9302 of this Act, $6,000,000,000: Provided, That amount available under section 9302 of this Act for administration and oversight shall take the place of the set-aside under section 1106 of this Act. [<-Struck out]

[Struck out->] GENERAL PROVISIONS, THIS SUBTITLE [<-Struck out]

[Struck out->] SEC. 9301. 21ST CENTURY GREEN HIGH-PERFORMING PUBLIC SCHOOL FACILITIES. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (a) Definitions- In this section: [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (1) The term ‘Bureau-funded school’ has the meaning given to such term in section 1141 of the Education Amendments of 1978 (25 U.S.C. 2021). [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (2) The term ‘charter school’ has the meaning given such term in section 5210 of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965. [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (3) The term ‘local educational agency’-- [<-Struck out]

        [Struck out->] (A) has the meaning given to that term in section 9101 of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965, and shall also include the Recovery School District of Louisiana and the New Orleans Public Schools; and [<-Struck out]

        [Struck out->] (B) includes any public charter school that constitutes a local educational agency under State law. [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (4) The term ‘outlying area’-- [<-Struck out]

        [Struck out->] (A) means the United States Virgin Islands, Guam, American Samoa, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands; and [<-Struck out]

        [Struck out->] (B) includes the freely associated states of the Republic of the Marshall Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia, and the Republic of Palau. [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (5) The term ‘public school facilities’ includes charter schools. [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (6) The term ‘State’ means each of the 50 States, the District of Columbia, and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico. [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (7) The term ‘LEED Green Building Rating System’ means the United States Green Building Council Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design green building rating standard referred to as the LEED Green Building Rating System. [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (8) The term ‘Energy Star’ means the Energy Star program of the United States Department of Energy and the United States Environmental Protection Agency. [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (9) The term ‘CHPS Criteria’ means the green building rating program developed by the Collaborative for High Performance Schools. [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (10) The term ‘Green Globes’ means the Green Building Initiative environmental design and rating system referred to as Green Globes. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (b) Purpose- Grants under this section shall be for the purpose of modernizing, renovating, or repairing public school facilities, based on their need for such improvements, to be safe, healthy, high-performing, and up-to-date technologically. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (c) Allocation of Funds- [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (1) RESERVATIONS- [<-Struck out]

        [Struck out->] (A) IN GENERAL- From the amount appropriated to carry out this section, the Secretary of Education shall reserve 1 percent of such amount, consistent with the purpose described in subsection (b)-- [<-Struck out]

          [Struck out->] (i) to provide assistance to the outlying areas; and [<-Struck out]

          [Struck out->] (ii) for payments to the Secretary of the Interior to provide assistance to Bureau-funded schools. [<-Struck out]

        [Struck out->] (B) ADMINISTRATION AND OVERSIGHT- The Secretary may, in addition, reserve up to $6,000,000 of such amount for administration and oversight of this section. [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (2) ALLOCATION TO STATES- [<-Struck out]

        [Struck out->] (A) STATE-BY-STATE ALLOCATION- Of the amount appropriated to carry out this section, and not reserved under paragraph (1), each State shall be allocated an amount in proportion to the amount received by all local educational agencies in the State under part A of title I of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 for fiscal year 2008 relative to the total amount received by all local educational agencies in every State under such part for such fiscal year. [<-Struck out]

        [Struck out->] (B) STATE ADMINISTRATION- A State may reserve up to 1 percent of its allocation under subparagraph (A) to carry out its responsibilities under this section, including-- [<-Struck out]

          [Struck out->] (i) providing technical assistance to local educational agencies; [<-Struck out]

          [Struck out->] (ii) developing, within 6 months of receiving its allocation under subparagraph (A), a plan to develop a database that includes an inventory of public school facilities in the State and the modernization, renovation, and repair needs of, energy use by, and the carbon footprint of such schools; and [<-Struck out]

          [Struck out->] (iii) developing a school energy efficiency quality plan. [<-Struck out]

        [Struck out->] (C) GRANTS TO LOCAL EDUCATIONAL AGENCIES- From the amount allocated to a State under subparagraph (A), each local educational agency in the State that meets the requirements of section 1112(a) of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 shall receive an amount in proportion to the amount received by such local educational agency under part A of title I of that Act for fiscal year 2008 relative to the total amount received by all local educational agencies in the State under such part for such fiscal year, except that no local educational agency that received funds under part A of title I of that Act for such fiscal year shall receive a grant of less than $5,000. [<-Struck out]

        [Struck out->] (D) SPECIAL RULE- Section 1122(c)(3) of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 shall not apply to subparagraph (A) or (C). [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (3) SPECIAL RULES- [<-Struck out]

        [Struck out->] (A) DISTRIBUTIONS BY SECRETARY- The Secretary of Education shall make and distribute the reservations and allocations described in paragraphs (1) and (2) not later than 30 days after the date of the enactment of this Act. [<-Struck out]

        [Struck out->] (B) DISTRIBUTIONS BY STATES- A State shall make and distribute the allocations described in paragraph (2)(C) within 30 days of receiving such funds from the Secretary. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (d) Use It or Lose It Requirements- [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (1) DEADLINE FOR BINDING COMMITMENTS- Each local educational agency receiving funds under this section shall enter into contracts or other binding commitments not later than 1 year after the date of the enactment of this Act (or not later than 9 months after such funds are awarded, if later) to make use of 50 percent of such funds, and shall enter into contracts or other binding commitments not later than 2 years after the date of the enactment of this Act (or not later than 21 months after such funds are awarded, if later) to make use of the remaining funds. In the case of activities to be carried out directly by a local educational agency (rather than by contracts, subgrants, or other arrangements with third parties), a certification by the agency specifying the amounts, planned timing, and purpose of such expenditures shall be deemed a binding commitment for purposes of this subsection. [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (2) REDISTRIBUTION OF UNCOMMITTED FUNDS- A State shall recover or deobligate any funds not committed in accordance with paragraph (1), and redistribute such funds to other local educational agencies eligible under this section and able to make use of such funds in a timely manner (including binding commitments within 120 days after the reallocation). [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (e) Allowable Uses of Funds- A local educational agency receiving a grant under this section shall use the grant for modernization, renovation, or repair of public school facilities, including-- [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (1) repairing, replacing, or installing roofs, including extensive, intensive or semi-intensive green roofs, electrical wiring, plumbing systems, sewage systems, lighting systems, or components of such systems, windows, or doors, including security doors; [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (2) repairing, replacing, or installing heating, ventilation, air conditioning systems, or components of such systems (including insulation), including indoor air quality assessments; [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (3) bringing public schools into compliance with fire, health, and safety codes, including professional installation of fire/life safety alarms, including modernizations, renovations, and repairs that ensure that schools are prepared for emergencies, such as improving building infrastructure to accommodate security measures; [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (4) modifications necessary to make public school facilities accessible to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (42 U.S.C. 12101 et seq.) and section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (29 U.S.C. 794), except that such modifications shall not be the primary use of the grant; [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (5) asbestos or polychlorinated biphenyls abatement or removal from public school facilities; [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (6) implementation of measures designed to reduce or eliminate human exposure to lead-based paint hazards through methods including interim controls, abatement, or a combination of each; [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (7) implementation of measures designed to reduce or eliminate human exposure to mold or mildew; [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (8) upgrading or installing educational technology infrastructure to ensure that students have access to up-to-date educational technology; [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (9) technology activities that are carried out in connection with school repair and renovation, including-- [<-Struck out]

        [Struck out->] (A) wiring; [<-Struck out]

        [Struck out->] (B) acquiring hardware and software; [<-Struck out]

        [Struck out->] (C) acquiring connectivity linkages and resources; and [<-Struck out]

        [Struck out->] (D) acquiring microwave, fiber optics, cable, and satellite transmission equipment; [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (10) modernization, renovation, or repair of science and engineering laboratory facilities, libraries, and career and technical education facilities, including those related to energy efficiency and renewable energy, and improvements to building infrastructure to accommodate bicycle and pedestrian access; [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (11) renewable energy generation and heating systems, including solar, photovoltaic, wind, geothermal, or biomass, including wood pellet, systems or components of such systems; [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (12) other modernization, renovation, or repair of public school facilities to-- [<-Struck out]

        [Struck out->] (A) improve teachers’ ability to teach and students’ ability to learn; [<-Struck out]

        [Struck out->] (B) ensure the health and safety of students and staff; [<-Struck out]

        [Struck out->] (C) make them more energy efficient; or [<-Struck out]

        [Struck out->] (D) reduce class size; and [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (13) required environmental remediation related to public school modernization, renovation, or repair described in paragraphs (1) through (12). [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (f) Impermissible Uses of Funds- No funds received under this section may be used for-- [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (1) payment of maintenance costs; or [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (2) stadiums or other facilities primarily used for athletic contests or exhibitions or other events for which admission is charged to the general public. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (g) Supplement, Not Supplant- A local educational agency receiving a grant under this section shall use such Federal funds only to supplement and not supplant the amount of funds that would, in the absence of such Federal funds, be available for modernization, renovation, or repair of public school facilities. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (h) Prohibition Regarding State Aid- A State shall not take into consideration payments under this section in determining the eligibility of any local educational agency in that State for State aid, or the amount of State aid, with respect to free public education of children. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (i) Special Rule on Contracting- Each local educational agency receiving a grant under this section shall ensure that, if the agency carries out modernization, renovation, or repair through a contract, the process for any such contract ensures the maximum number of qualified bidders, including local, small, minority, and women- and veteran-owned businesses, through full and open competition. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (j) Special Rule on Use of Iron and Steel Produced in the United States- [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (1) IN GENERAL- A local educational agency shall not obligate or expend funds received under this section for a project for the modernization, renovation, or repair of a public school facility unless all of the iron and steel used in such project is produced in the United States. [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (2) EXCEPTIONS- The provisions of paragraph (1) shall not apply in any case in which the local educational agency finds that-- [<-Struck out]

        [Struck out->] (A) their application would be inconsistent with the public interest; [<-Struck out]

        [Struck out->] (B) iron and steel are not produced in the United States in sufficient and reasonably available quantities and of a satisfactory quality; or [<-Struck out]

        [Struck out->] (C) inclusion of iron and steel produced in the United States will increase the cost of the overall project contract by more than 25 percent. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (k) Application of GEPA- The grant program under this section is an applicable program (as that term is defined in section 400 of the General Education Provisions Act (20 U.S.C. 1221)) subject to section 439 of such Act (20 U.S.C. 1232b). [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (l) Charter Schools- A local educational agency receiving an allocation under this section shall use an equitable portion of that allocation for allowable activities benefitting charter schools within its jurisdiction, as determined based on the percentage of students from low-income families in the schools of the agency who are enrolled in charter schools and on the needs of those schools as determined by the agency. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (m) Green Schools- [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (1) IN GENERAL- A local educational agency shall use not less than 25 percent of the funds received under this section for public school modernization, renovation, or repairs that are certified, verified, or consistent with any applicable provisions of-- [<-Struck out]

        [Struck out->] (A) the LEED Green Building Rating System; [<-Struck out]

        [Struck out->] (B) Energy Star; [<-Struck out]

        [Struck out->] (C) the CHPS Criteria; [<-Struck out]

        [Struck out->] (D) Green Globes; or [<-Struck out]

        [Struck out->] (E) an equivalent program adopted by the State or another jurisdiction with authority over the local educational agency. [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (2) TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE- The Secretary, in consultation with the Secretary of Energy and the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, shall provide outreach and technical assistance to States and school districts concerning the best practices in school modernization, renovation, and repair, including those related to student academic achievement and student and staff health, energy efficiency, and environmental protection. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (n) Youthbuild Programs- The Secretary of Education, in consultation with the Secretary of Labor, shall work with recipients of funds under this section to promote appropriate opportunities for participants in a YouthBuild program (as defined in section 173A of the Workforce Investment Act of 1998 (29 U.S.C. 2918a)) to gain employment experience on modernization, renovation, and repair projects funded under this section. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (o) Reporting- [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (1) REPORTS BY LOCAL EDUCATIONAL AGENCIES- Local educational agencies receiving a grant under this section shall compile, and submit to the State educational agency (which shall compile and submit such reports to the Secretary), a report describing the projects for which such funds were used, including-- [<-Struck out]

        [Struck out->] (A) the number of public schools in the agency, including the number of charter schools; [<-Struck out]

        [Struck out->] (B) the total amount of funds received by the local educational agency under this section and the amount of such funds expended, including the amount expended for modernization, renovation, and repair of charter schools; [<-Struck out]

        [Struck out->] (C) the number of public schools in the agency with a metro-centric locale code of 41, 42, or 43 as determined by the National Center for Education Statistics and the percentage of funds received by the agency under this section that were used for projects at such schools; [<-Struck out]

        [Struck out->] (D) the number of public schools in the agency that are eligible for schoolwide programs under section 1114 of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 and the percentage of funds received by the agency under this section that were used for projects at such schools; [<-Struck out]

        [Struck out->] (E) the cost of each project, which, if any, of the standards described in subsection (k)(1) the project met, and any demonstrable or expected academic, energy, or environmental benefits as a result of the project; [<-Struck out]

        [Struck out->] (F) if flooring was installed, whether-- [<-Struck out]

          [Struck out->] (i) it was low- or no-VOC (Volatile Organic Compounds) flooring; [<-Struck out]

          [Struck out->] (ii) it was made from sustainable materials; and [<-Struck out]

          [Struck out->] (iii) use of flooring described in clause (i) or (ii) was cost effective; and [<-Struck out]

        [Struck out->] (G) the total number and amount of contracts awarded, and the number and amount of contracts awarded to local, small, minority-owned, women-owned, and veteran-owned businesses. [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (2) REPORTS BY SECRETARY- Not later than December 31, 2011, the Secretary of Education shall submit to the Committees on Education and Labor and Appropriations of the House of Representatives and the Committees on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions and Appropriations of the Senate a report on grants made under this section, including the information described in paragraph (1), the types of modernization, renovation, and repair funded, and the number of students impacted, including the number of students counted under section 1113(a)(5) of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965. [<-Struck out]

[Struck out->] SEC. 9302. HIGHER EDUCATION MODERNIZATION, RENOVATION, AND REPAIR. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (a) Purpose- Grants awarded under this section shall be for the purpose of modernizing, renovating, and repairing institution of higher education facilities that are primarily used for instruction, research, or student housing. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (b) Grants to State Higher Education Agencies- [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (1) FORMULA- From the amounts appropriated to carry out this section, the Secretary of Education shall allocate funds to State higher education agencies based on the number of students attending institutions of higher education, with the State higher education agency in each State receiving an amount that is in proportion to the number of full-time equivalent undergraduate students attending institutions of higher education in such State for the most recent fiscal year for which there are data available, relative to the total number of full-time equivalent undergraduate students attending institutions of higher education in all States for such fiscal year. [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (2) APPLICATION- To be eligible to receive an allocation from the Secretary under paragraph (1), a State higher education agency shall submit an application to the Secretary at such time and in such manner as the Secretary may reasonably require. [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (3) REALLOCATION- Amounts allocated to a State higher education agency under this section that are not obligated by such agency within 6 months of the date the agency receives such amounts shall be returned to the Secretary, and the Secretary shall reallocate such amounts to State higher education agencies in other States on the same basis as the original allocations under paragraph (1)(B). [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (4) ADMINISTRATION AND OVERSIGHT EXPENSES- From the amounts appropriated to carry out this section, not more than $6,000,000 shall be available to the Secretary for administrative and oversight expenses related to carrying out this section. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (c) Use of Grants by State Higher Education Agencies- [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (1) SUBGRANTS TO INSTITUTIONS OF HIGHER EDUCATION- [<-Struck out]

        [Struck out->] (A) IN GENERAL- Except as provided in paragraph (2), each State higher education agency receiving an allocation under subsection (b)(1) shall use the amount allocated to award subgrants to institutions of higher education within the State to carry out projects in accordance with subsection (d)(1). [<-Struck out]

        [Struck out->] (B) SUBGRANT AWARD ALLOCATION- A State higher education agency shall award subgrants to institutions of higher education under this section based on the demonstrated need of each institution for facility modernization, renovation, and repair. [<-Struck out]

        [Struck out->] (C) PRIORITY CONSIDERATIONS- In awarding subgrants under this section, each State higher education agency shall give priority consideration to institutions of higher education with any of the following characteristics: [<-Struck out]

          [Struck out->] (i) The institution is eligible for Federal assistance under title III or title V of the Higher Education Act of 1965. [<-Struck out]

          [Struck out->] (ii) The institution was impacted by a major disaster or emergency declared by the President (as defined in section 102(2) of the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act (42 U.S.C. 5122(2))), including an institution affected by a Gulf hurricane disaster, as such term is defined in section 824(g)(1) of the Higher Education Act of 1965 (20 U.S.C. 11611-3(g)(1)). [<-Struck out]

          [Struck out->] (iii) The institution demonstrates that the proposed project or projects to be carried out with a subgrant under this section will increase the energy efficiency of the institution’s facilities and comply with the LEED Green Building Rating System. [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (2) ADMINISTRATIVE AND OVERSIGHT EXPENSES- Of the allocation amount received under subsection (b)(1), a State higher education agency may reserve not more than 5 percent of such amount, or $500,000, whichever is less, for administrative and oversight expenses related to carrying out this section. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (d) Use of Subgrants by Institutions of Higher Education- [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (1) PERMISSIBLE USES OF FUNDS- An institution of higher education receiving a subgrant under this section shall use such subgrant to modernize, renovate, or repair facilities of the institution that are primarily used for instruction, research, or student housing, which may include any of the following: [<-Struck out]

        [Struck out->] (A) Repair, replacement, or installation of roofs, electrical wiring, plumbing systems, sewage systems, or lighting systems. [<-Struck out]

        [Struck out->] (B) Repair, replacement, or installation of heating, ventilation, or air conditioning systems (including insulation). [<-Struck out]

        [Struck out->] (C) Compliance with fire and safety codes, including-- [<-Struck out]

          [Struck out->] (i) professional installation of fire or life safety alarms; and [<-Struck out]

          [Struck out->] (ii) modernizations, renovations, and repairs that ensure that the institution’s facilities are prepared for emergencies, such as improving building infrastructure to accommodate security measures. [<-Struck out]

        [Struck out->] (D) Retrofitting necessary to increase the energy efficiency of the institution’s facilities. [<-Struck out]

        [Struck out->] (E) Renovations to the institution’s facilities necessary to comply with accessibility requirements in the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (42 U.S.C. 12101 et seq.) and section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (29 U.S.C. 794). [<-Struck out]

        [Struck out->] (F) Abatement or removal of asbestos from the institution’s facilities. [<-Struck out]

        [Struck out->] (G) Modernization, renovation, and repair relating to improving science and engineering laboratories, libraries, and instructional facilities. [<-Struck out]

        [Struck out->] (H) Upgrading or installation of educational technology infrastructure. [<-Struck out]

        [Struck out->] (I) Installation or upgrading of renewable energy generation and heating systems, including solar, photovoltaic, wind, biomass (including wood pellet), or geothermal systems, or components of such systems. [<-Struck out]

        [Struck out->] (J) Other modernization, renovation, or repair projects that are primarily for instruction, research, or student housing. [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (2) GREEN SCHOOL REQUIREMENT- An institution of higher education receiving a subgrant under this section shall use not less than 25 percent of such subgrant to carry out projects for modernization, renovation, or repair that are certified, verified, or consistent with the applicable provisions of-- [<-Struck out]

        [Struck out->] (A) the LEED Green Building Rating System; [<-Struck out]

        [Struck out->] (B) Energy Star; [<-Struck out]

        [Struck out->] (C) the CHPS Criteria; [<-Struck out]

        [Struck out->] (D) Green Globes; or [<-Struck out]

        [Struck out->] (E) an equivalent program adopted by the State or the State higher education agency. [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (3) PROHIBITED USES OF FUNDS- No funds awarded under this section may be used for-- [<-Struck out]

        [Struck out->] (A) the maintenance of systems, equipment, or facilities, including maintenance associated with any permissible uses of funds described in paragraph (1); [<-Struck out]

        [Struck out->] (B) modernization, renovation, or repair of stadiums or other facilities primarily used for athletic contests or exhibitions or other events for which admission is charged to the general public; [<-Struck out]

        [Struck out->] (C) modernization, renovation, or repair of facilities-- [<-Struck out]

          [Struck out->] (i) used for sectarian instruction, religious worship, or a school or department of divinity; or [<-Struck out]

          [Struck out->] (ii) in which a substantial portion of the functions of the facilities are subsumed in a religious mission; or [<-Struck out]

        [Struck out->] (D) construction of new facilities. [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (4) USE IT OR LOSE IT REQUIREMENTS- [<-Struck out]

        [Struck out->] (A) DEADLINE FOR BINDING COMMITMENTS- Each institution of higher education receiving a subgrant under this section shall enter into contracts or other binding commitments not later than 1 year after the date of the enactment of this Act (or not later than 9 months after the subgrant is awarded, if later) to make use of 50 percent of the funds awarded, and shall enter into contracts or other binding commitments not later than 2 years after the date of the enactment of this Act (or not later than 21 months after the subgrant is awarded, if later) to make use of the remaining funds. In the case of activities to be carried out directly by an institution of higher education receiving such a subgrant (rather than by contracts, subgrants, or other arrangements with third parties), a certification by the institution specifying the amounts, planned timing, and purpose of such expenditures shall be deemed a binding commitment for purposes of this section. [<-Struck out]

        [Struck out->] (B) REDISTRIBUTION OF UNCOMMITTED FUNDS- A State higher education agency shall recover or deobligate any subgrant funds not committed in accordance with subparagraph (A), and redistribute such funds to other institutions of higher education that are-- [<-Struck out]

          [Struck out->] (i) eligible for subgrants under this section; and [<-Struck out]

          [Struck out->] (ii) able to make use of such funds in a timely manner (including binding commitments within 120 days after the reallocation). [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (e) Application of GEPA- The grant program authorized in this section is an applicable program (as that term is defined in section 400 of the General Education Provisions Act (20 U.S.C. 1221)) subject to section 439 of such Act (20 U.S.C. 1232b). The Secretary shall, notwithstanding section 437 of such Act (20 U.S.C. 1232) and section 553 of title 5, United States Code, establish such program rules as may be necessary to implement such grant program by notice in the Federal Register. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (f) Reporting- [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (1) REPORTS BY INSTITUTIONS- Not later than September 30, 2011, each institution of higher education receiving a subgrant under this section shall submit to the State higher education agency awarding such subgrant a report describing the projects for which such subgrant was received, including-- [<-Struck out]

        [Struck out->] (A) a description of each project carried out, or planned to be carried out, with such subgrant, including the types of modernization, renovation, and repair to be completed by each such project; [<-Struck out]

        [Struck out->] (B) the total amount of funds received by the institution under this section and the amount of such funds expended, as of the date of the report, on the such projects; [<-Struck out]

        [Struck out->] (C) the actual or planned cost of each such project and any demonstrable or expected academic, energy, or environmental benefits resulting from such project; and [<-Struck out]

        [Struck out->] (D) the total number of contracts, and amount of funding for such contracts, awarded by the institution to carry out such projects, as of the date of such report, including the number of contracts, and amount of funding for such contracts, awarded to local, small, minority-owned, women-owned, and veteran-owned businesses, as such terms are defined by the Small Business Act. [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (2) REPORTS BY STATES- Not later than December 31, 2011, each State higher education agency receiving a grant under this section shall submit to the Secretary a report containing a compilation of all of the reports under paragraph (1) submitted to the agency by institutions of higher education. [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (3) REPORTS BY THE SECRETARY- Not later than March 31, 2012, the Secretary shall submit to the Committee on Education and Labor in the House of Representatives and the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions in the Senate and Committees on Appropriations of the House of Representatives and the Senate a report on grants and subgrants made under this section, including the information described in paragraph (1). [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (g) Definitions- In this section: [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (1) CHPS CRITERIA- The term ‘CHPS Criteria’ means the green building rating program developed by the Collaborative for High Performance Schools. [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (2) ENERGY STAR- The term ‘Energy Star’ means the Energy Star program of the United States Department of Energy and the United States Environmental Protection Agency. [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (3) GREEN GLOBES- The term ‘Green Globes’ means the Green Building Initiative environmental design and rating system referred to as Green Globes. [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (4) INSTITUTION OF HIGHER EDUCATION- The term ‘institution of higher education’ has the meaning given such term in section 101 of the Higher Education Act of 1965. [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (5) LEED GREEN BUILDING RATING SYSTEM- The term ‘LEED Green Building Rating System’ means the United States Green Building Council Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design green building rating standard referred to as the LEED Green Building Rating System. [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (6) SECRETARY- The term ‘Secretary’ means the Secretary of Education. [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (7) STATE- The term ‘State’ has the meaning given such term in section 103 of the Higher Education Act of 1965 (20 U.S.C. 1003). [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (8) STATE HIGHER EDUCATION AGENCY- The term ‘State higher education agency’ has the meaning given such term in section 103 of the Higher Education Act of 1965 (20 U.S.C. 1003). [<-Struck out]

[Struck out->] SEC. 9303. MANDATORY PELL GRANTS. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] Section 401(b)(9)(A) of the Higher Education Act of 1965 (20 U.S.C. 1070a(b)(9)(A)) is amended-- [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (1) in clause (ii), by striking ‘$2,090,000,000’ and inserting ‘$2,733,000,000’; and [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (2) in clause (iii), by striking ‘$3,030,000,000’ and inserting ‘$3,861,000,000’. [<-Struck out]

[Struck out->] SEC. 9304. INCREASE STUDENT LOAN LIMITS. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (a) Amendments- Section 428H(d) of the Higher Education Act of 1965 (20 U.S.C. 1078-8(d)) is amended-- [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (1) in paragraph (3)-- [<-Struck out]

        [Struck out->] (A) in subparagraph (A), by striking ‘$2,000’ and inserting ‘$4,000’; and [<-Struck out]

        [Struck out->] (B) in subparagraph (B), by striking ‘$31,000’ and inserting ‘$39,000’; and [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (2) in paragraph (4)-- [<-Struck out]

        [Struck out->] (A) in subparagraph (A)-- [<-Struck out]

          [Struck out->] (i) in clause (i)(I) and clause (iii)(I), by striking ‘$6,000’ each place it appears and inserting ‘$8,000’; and [<-Struck out]

          [Struck out->] (ii) in clause (ii)(I) and clause (iii)(II), by striking ‘$7,000’ each place it appears and inserting ‘$9,000’; and [<-Struck out]

        [Struck out->] (B) in subparagraph (B), by striking ‘$57,500’ and inserting ‘$65,500’. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (b) Effective Date- The amendments made by this section shall be effective for loans first disbursed on or after January 1, 2009. [<-Struck out]

[Struck out->] SEC. 9305. STUDENT LENDER SPECIAL ALLOWANCE. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (a) Temporary Calculation Rule- Section 438(b)(2)(I) of the Higher Education Act of 1965 (20 U.S.C. 1087-1(b)(2)(I)) is amended by adding at the end the following new clause: [<-Struck out]

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          ‘(vii) TEMPORARY CALCULATION RULE DURING UNSTABLE COMMERCIAL PAPER MARKETS- [<-Struck out]

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            ‘(I) CALCULATION BASED ON LIBOR- For the calendar quarter beginning on October 1, 2008, and ending on December 31, 2008, in computing the special allowance paid pursuant to this subsection with respect to loans for which the first disbursement is made on or after January 1, 2000, clause (i)(I) of this subparagraph shall be applied by substituting ‘the rate that is the average rate of the 3-month London Inter Bank Offered Rate (LIBOR) for United States dollars in effect for each of the days in such quarter as compiled and released by the British Bankers Association, minus 0.13 percent,’ for ‘the average of the bond equivalent rates of the quotes of the 3-month commercial paper (financial) rates in effect for each of the days in such quarter as reported by the Federal Reserve in Publication H-15 (or its successor) for such 3-month period’. [<-Struck out]

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            ‘(II) PARTICIPATION INTERESTS- Notwithstanding subclause (I) of this clause, the special allowance paid on any loan held by a lender that has sold participation interests in such loan to the Secretary shall be the rate computed under this subparagraph without regard to subclause (I) of this clause, unless the lender agrees that the participant’s yield with respect to such participation interest is to be calculated in accordance with subclause (I) of this clause.’. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (b) Conforming Amendments- Section 438(b)(2)(I) of the Higher Education Act of 1965 (20 U.S.C. 1087-1(b)(2)(I)) is further amended-- [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (1) in clause (i)(II), by striking ‘such average bond equivalent rate’ and inserting ‘the rate determined under subclause (I)’; and [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (2) in clause (v)(III), by striking ‘(iv), and (vi)’ and inserting ‘(iv), (vi), and (vii)’. [<-Struck out]

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Subtitle D--Related Agencies

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[Struck out->] Corporation for National and Community Service [<-Struck out]

[Struck out->] operating expenses [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] For an additional amount for ‘Operating Expenses’ to carry out the Domestic Volunteer Service Act of 1973 and the National and Community Service Act of 1990 (‘1990 Act’), $160,000,000, which shall be used to expand existing AmeriCorps grants: Provided, That funds made available under this heading may be used to provide adjustments to awards made prior to September 30, 2010 in order to waive the match requirement authorized in section 121(e)(4) of part I of subtitle C of the 1990 Act, if the Chief Executive Officer of the Corporation for National and Community Service (‘CEO’) determines that the grantee has reduced capacity to meet this requirement: Provided further, That in addition to requirements identified herein, funds provided under this heading shall be subject to the terms and conditions under which funds are appropriated in fiscal year 2009: Provided further, That the CEO shall provide the Committees on Appropriations of the House of Representatives and the Senate a fiscal year 2009 operating plan for the funds appropriated under this heading prior to making any Federal obligations of such funds in fiscal year 2009, but not later than 90 days after the date of enactment of this Act, and a fiscal year 2010 operating plan for such funds prior to making any Federal obligations of such funds in fiscal year 2010, but not later than November 1, 2009, that detail the allocation of resources and the increased number of volunteers supported by the AmeriCorps programs: Provided further, That the CEO shall provide to the Committees on Appropriations of the House of Representatives and the Senate a report on the actual obligations, expenditures, and unobligated balances for each activity funded under this heading not later than November 1, 2009, and every 6 months thereafter as long as funding provided under this heading is available for obligation or expenditure. [<-Struck out]

[Struck out->] National Service Trust [<-Struck out]

[Struck out->] (including transfer of funds) [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] For an additional amount for ‘National Service Trust’ established under subtitle D of title I of the National and Community Service Act of 1990 (‘1990 Act’), $40,000,000, which shall remain available until expended: Provided, That the Corporation for National and Community Service may transfer additional funds from the amount provided within ‘Operating Expenses’ for grants made under subtitle C of the 1990 Act to this appropriation upon determination that such transfer is necessary to support the activities of national service participants and after notice is transmitted to the Committees on Appropriations of the House of Representatives and the Senate: Provided further, That the amount appropriated for or transferred to the National Service Trust may be invested under section 145(b) of the 1990 Act without regard to the requirement to apportion funds under 31 U.S.C. 1513(b). [<-Struck out]

[Struck out->] Social Security Administration [<-Struck out]

[Struck out->] limitation on administrative expenses [<-Struck out]

[Struck out->] (including transfer of funds) [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] For an additional amount for ‘Limitation on Administrative Expenses’, $900,000,000, which shall be used as follows: [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (1) $400,000,000 for the construction and associated costs to establish a new National Computer Center, which may include lease or purchase of real property: Provided, That the construction plan and site selection for such center shall be subject to review and approval by the Office of Management and Budget: Provided further, That the Committees on Appropriations of the House of Representatives and the Senate shall be notified 15 days in advance of the lease or purchase of such site: Provided further, That such center shall continue to be a government-operated facility. [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (2) $500,000,000 for processing disability and retirement workloads: Provided, That up to $40,000,000 may be used by the Commissioner of Social Security for health information technology research and activities to facilitate the adoption of electronic medical records in disability claims, including the transfer of funds to ‘Supplemental Security Income Program’ to carry out activities under section 1110 of the Social Security Act. [<-Struck out]

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TITLE X--MILITARY CONSTRUCTION AND VETERANS AFFAIRS

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[Struck out->] DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE [<-Struck out]

[Struck out->] Military Construction, Army [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] For an additional amount for ‘Military Construction, Army’, $920,000,000: Provided, That notwithstanding any other provision of law, such funds may be obligated and expended to carry out planning and design and military construction projects in the United States not otherwise authorized by law: Provided further, That of the amount provided under this heading, $600,000,000 shall be for training and recruit troop housing, $220,000,000 shall be for permanent party troop housing, and $100,000,000 shall be for child development centers: Provided further, That not later than 30 days after the date of enactment of this Act, the Secretary of Defense shall submit to the Committees on Appropriations of the House of Representatives and the Senate an expenditure plan for funds provided under this heading. [<-Struck out]

[Struck out->] Military Construction, Navy and Marine Corps [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] For an additional amount for ‘Military Construction, Navy and Marine Corps’, $350,000,000: Provided, That notwithstanding any other provision of law, such funds may be obligated and expended to carry out planning and design and military construction projects in the United States not otherwise authorized by law: Provided further, That of the amount provided under this heading, $170,000,000 shall be for sailor and marine housing and $180,000,000 shall be for child development centers: Provided further, That not later than 30 days after the date of enactment of this Act, the Secretary of Defense shall submit to the Committees on Appropriations of the House of Representatives and the Senate an expenditure plan for funds provided under this heading. [<-Struck out]

[Struck out->] Military Construction, Air Force [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] For an additional amount for ‘Military Construction, Air Force’, $280,000,000: Provided, That notwithstanding any other provision of law, such funds may be obligated and expended to carry out planning and design and military construction projects in the United States not otherwise authorized by law: Provided further, That of the amount provided under this heading, $200,000,000 shall be for airmen housing and $80,000,000 shall be for child development centers: Provided further, That not later than 30 days after the date of enactment of this Act, the Secretary of Defense shall submit to the Committees on Appropriations of the House of Representatives and the Senate an expenditure plan for funds provided under this heading. [<-Struck out]

[Struck out->] Military Construction, Defense-Wide [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] For an additional amount for ‘Military Construction, Defense-Wide’, $3,750,000,000, for the construction of hospitals and ambulatory surgery centers: Provided, That notwithstanding any other provision of law, such funds may be obligated and expended to carry out planning and design and military construction projects in the United States not otherwise authorized by law: Provided further, That not later than 30 days after the date of enactment of this Act, the Secretary of Defense shall submit to the Committees on Appropriations of the House of Representatives and the Senate an expenditure plan for funds provided under this heading. [<-Struck out]

[Struck out->] Military Construction, Army National Guard [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] For an additional amount for ‘Military Construction, Army National Guard’, $140,000,000: Provided, That notwithstanding any other provision of law, such funds may be obligated and expended to carry out planning and design and military construction projects in the United States not otherwise authorized by law: Provided further, That not later than 30 days after the date of enactment of this Act, the Secretary of Defense shall submit to the Committees on Appropriations of the House of Representatives and the Senate an expenditure plan for funds provided under this heading. [<-Struck out]

[Struck out->] Military Construction, Air National Guard [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] For an additional amount for ‘Military Construction, Air National Guard’, $70,000,000: Provided, That notwithstanding any other provision of law, such funds may be obligated and expended to carry out planning and design and military construction projects in the United States not otherwise authorized by law: Provided further, That not later than 30 days after the date of enactment of this Act, the Secretary of Defense shall submit to the Committees on Appropriations of the House of Representatives and the Senate an expenditure plan for funds provided under this heading. [<-Struck out]

[Struck out->] Military Construction, Army Reserve [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] For an additional amount for ‘Military Construction, Army Reserve’, $100,000,000: Provided, That notwithstanding any other provision of law, such funds may be obligated and expended to carry out planning and design and military construction projects in the United States not otherwise authorized by law: Provided further, That not later than 30 days after the date of enactment of this Act, the Secretary of Defense shall submit to the Committees on Appropriations of the House of Representatives and the Senate an expenditure plan for funds provided under this heading. [<-Struck out]

[Struck out->] Military Construction, Navy Reserve [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] For an additional amount for ‘Military Construction, Navy Reserve’, $30,000,000: Provided, That notwithstanding any other provision of law, such funds may be obligated and expended to carry out planning and design and military construction projects in the United States not otherwise authorized by law: Provided further, That not later than 30 days after the date of enactment of this Act, the Secretary of Defense shall submit to the Committees on Appropriations of the House of Representatives and the Senate an expenditure plan for funds provided under this heading. [<-Struck out]

[Struck out->] Military Construction, Air Force Reserve [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] For an additional amount for ‘Military Construction, Air Force Reserve’, $60,000,000: Provided, That notwithstanding any other provision of law, such funds may be obligated and expended to carry out planning and design and military construction projects in the United States not otherwise authorized by law: Provided further, That not later than 30 days after the date of enactment of this Act, the Secretary of Defense shall submit to the Committees on Appropriations of the House of Representatives and the Senate an expenditure plan for funds provided under this heading. [<-Struck out]

[Struck out->] Department of Defense Base Closure Account 1990 [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] For an additional amount to be deposited into the Department of Defense Base Closure Account 1990, established by section 2906(a)(1) of the Defense Base Closure and Realignment Act of 1990 (10 U.S.C. 2687 note), $300,000,000: Provided, That not later than 30 days after the date of enactment of this Act, the Secretary of Defense shall submit to the Committees on Appropriations of the House of Representatives and the Senate an expenditure plan for funds provided under this heading. [<-Struck out]

[Struck out->] DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS [<-Struck out]

[Struck out->] Veterans Health Administration [<-Struck out]

[Struck out->] medical facilities [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] For an additional amount for ‘Medical Facilities’ for non-recurring maintenance, including energy projects, $950,000,000: Provided, That not later than 30 days after the date of enactment of this Act, the Secretary of Veterans Affairs shall submit to the Committees on Appropriations of the House of Representatives and the Senate an expenditure plan for funds provided under this heading. [<-Struck out]

[Struck out->] National Cemetery Administration [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] For an additional amount for ‘National Cemetery Administration’ for monument and memorial repairs, $50,000,000: Provided, That not later than 30 days after the date of enactment of this Act, the Secretary of Veterans Affairs shall submit to the Committees on Appropriations of the House of Representatives and the Senate an expenditure plan for funds provided under this heading. [<-Struck out]

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TITLE XI--DEPARTMENT OF STATE

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[Struck out->] DEPARTMENT OF STATE [<-Struck out]

[Struck out->] Administration of Foreign Affairs [<-Struck out]

[Struck out->] capital investment fund [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] For an additional amount for ‘Capital Investment Fund’, $276,000,000, of which up to $120,000,000 shall be available for the design and construction of a backup information management facility in the United States to support mission-critical operations and projects, and up to $98,527,000 shall be available to carry out the Department of State’s responsibilities under the Comprehensive National Cybersecurity Initiative: Provided, That the Secretary of State shall submit to the Committees on Appropriations of the House of Representatives and the Senate within 90 days of enactment of this Act a detailed spending plan for funds appropriated under this heading. [<-Struck out]

[Struck out->] International Commissions [<-Struck out]

[Struck out->] international boundary and water commission, united states and mexico [<-Struck out]

[Struck out->] construction [<-Struck out]

[Struck out->] (including transfer of funds) [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] For an additional amount for ‘Construction’ for the water quantity program to meet immediate repair and rehabilitation requirements, $224,000,000: Provided, That up to $2,000,000 may be transferred to, and merged with, funds available under the heading ‘International Boundary and Water Commission, United States and Mexico--Salaries and Expenses’, and such amount shall be in lieu of amounts available under section 1106 of this Act: Provided, That the Secretary of State shall submit to the Committees on Appropriations of the House of Representatives and the Senate within 90 days of enactment of this Act a detailed spending plan for funds appropriated under this heading. [<-Struck out]

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TITLE XII--TRANSPORTATION, AND HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT

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[Struck out->] DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION [<-Struck out]

[Struck out->] Federal Aviation Administration [<-Struck out]

[Struck out->] grants-in-aid for airports [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] For an additional amount for ‘Grants-in-Aid for Airports’, to enable the Secretary of Transportation to make grants for discretionary projects as authorized by subchapter I of chapter 471 and subchapter I of chapter 475 of title 49, United States Code, $3,000,000,000: Provided, That such funds shall not be subject to apportionment formulas, special apportionment categories, or minimum percentages under chapter 471: Provided further, That the conditions, certifications, and assurances required for grants under subchapter I of chapter 471 of such title apply: Provided further, That for purposes of applying section 1104 of this Act to this appropriation, the deadline for grantees to enter into contracts or other binding commitments to make use of not less than 50 percent of the funds awarded shall be 90 days after award of the grant. [<-Struck out]

[Struck out->] Federal Highway Administration [<-Struck out]

[Struck out->] highway infrastructure investment [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] For projects and activities eligible under section 133 of title 23, United States Code, section 144 of such title (without regard to subsection (g)), and sections 103, 119, 134, 148, and 149 of such title, $30,000,000,000, of which $300,000,000 shall be for Indian reservation roads under section 204 of such title; $250,000,000 shall be for park roads and parkways under section 204 of such title; $20,000,000 shall be for highway surface transportation and technology training under section 140(b) of such title; and $20,000,000 shall be for disadvantaged business enterprises bonding assistance under section 332(e) of title 49, United States Code: Provided, That the amount set aside from this appropriation pursuant to section 1106 of this Act shall not be more than 0.2 percent of the funds made available under this heading instead of the percentage specified in such section: Provided further, That, after making the set-asides authorized by the previous provisos, the funds made available under this heading shall be distributed among the States, and Puerto Rico, American Samoa, Guam, the Virgin Islands, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, in the same ratio as the obligation limitation for fiscal year 2008 was distributed among the States in accordance with the formula specified in section 120(a)(6) of division K of Public Law 110-161, but, in the case of the Puerto Rico Highway Program and the Territorial Highway Program, under section 120(a)(5) of such division: Provided further, That 45 percent of the funds distributed to a State under this heading shall be suballocated within the State in the manner and for the purposes described in section 133(d) of title 23, United States Code, (without regard to the comparison to fiscal year 2005 in paragraph (2)): Provided further, That in selecting projects to be funded, recipients shall give priority to projects that can award contracts within 90 days of enactment of this Act, are included in an approved Statewide Transportation Improvement Program (STIP) and/or Metropolitan Transportation Improvement Program (TIP), are projected for completion within a three-year time frame, and are located in economically distressed areas as defined by section 301 of the Public Works and Economic Development Act of 1965, as amended (42 U.S.C. 3161): Provided further, That funds made available under this heading shall be administered as if apportioned under chapter 1 of title 23, United States Code, except for funds made available for Indian reservation roads and park roads and parkways which shall be administered in accordance with chapter 2 of title 23, United States Code: Provided further, That the Federal share payable on account of any project or activity carried out with funds made available under this heading shall, at the option of the recipient, be up to 100 percent of the total cost thereof: Provided further, That funds made available by this Act shall not be obligated for the purposes authorized under section 115(b) of title 23, United States Code: Provided further, That the provisions of section 1101(b) of Public Law 109-59 shall apply to funds made available under this heading: Provided further, That, in lieu of the redistribution required by section 1104(b) of this Act, if less than 50 percent of the funds made available to each State and territory under this heading are obligated within 90 days after the date of distribution of those funds to the States and territories, then the portion of the 50 percent of the total funding distributed to the State or territory that has not been obligated shall be redistributed, in the manner described in section 120(c) of division K of Public Law 110-161, to those States and territories that have obligated at least 50 percent of the funds made available under this heading and are able to obligate amounts in addition to those previously distributed, except that, for those funds suballocated within the State, if less than 50 percent of the funds so suballocated within the State are obligated within 75 days of suballocation, then the portion of the 50 percent of funding so suballocated that has not been obligated will be returned to the State for use anywhere in the State prior to being redistributed in accordance with the first part of this proviso: Provided further, That, in lieu of the redistribution required by section 1104(b) of this Act, any funds made available under this heading that are not obligated by August 1, 2010, shall be redistributed, in the manner described in section 120(c) of division K of Public Law 110-161, to those States able to obligate amounts in addition to those previously distributed, except that funds suballocated within the State that are not obligated by June 1, 2010, will be returned to the State for use anywhere in the State prior to being redistributed in accordance with the first part of this proviso: Provided further, That notwithstanding section 1103 of this Act, funds made available under this heading shall be apportioned not later than 7 days after the date of enactment of this Act. 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[Struck out->] Federal Railroad Administration [<-Struck out]

[Struck out->] capital assistance for intercity passenger rail service [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] For an additional amount for ‘Capital Assistance for Intercity Passenger Rail Service’ to enable the Secretary of Transportation to make grants for capital costs as authorized by chapter 244 of title 49 United States Code, $300,000,000: Provided, That notwithstanding section 1103 of this Act, the Secretary shall give preference to projects for the repair, rehabilitation, upgrade, or purchase of railroad assets or infrastructure that can be awarded within 90 days of enactment of this Act: Provided further, That in awarding grants for the acquisition of a piece of rolling stock or locomotive, the Secretary shall give preference to FRA-compliant rolling stock and locomotives: Provided further, That the Secretary shall give preference to projects that support the development of intercity high speed rail service: Provided further, That the Federal share shall be, at the option of the recipient, up to 100 percent. [<-Struck out]

[Struck out->] capital and debt service grants to the national railroad passenger corporation [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] For an additional amount for ‘Capital and Debt Service Grants to the National Railroad Passenger Corporation’ (Amtrak) to enable the Secretary of Transportation to make capital grants to Amtrak as authorized by section 101(c) of the Passenger Rail Investment and Improvement Act of 2008 (Public Law 110-432), $800,000,000: Provided, That priority shall be given to projects for the repair, rehabilitation, or upgrade of railroad assets or infrastructure: Provided further, That none of the funds under this heading shall be used to subsidize the operating losses of Amtrak: Provided further, Notwithstanding section 1103 of this Act, funds made available under this heading shall be awarded not later than 7 days after the date of enactment of this Act. [<-Struck out]

[Struck out->] Federal Transit Administration [<-Struck out]

[Struck out->] transit capital assistance [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] For transit capital assistance grants, $6,000,000,000 (increased by $1,500,000,000), of which $5,400,000,000 (increased by $1,350,000,000) shall be for grants under section 5307 of title 49, United States Code and shall be apportioned in accordance with section 5336 of such title (other than subsections (i)(1) and (j)) but may not be combined or commingled with any other funds apportioned under such section 5336, and of which $600,000,000 (increased by $150,000,000) shall be for grants under section 5311 of such title and shall be apportioned in accordance with such section 5311 but may not be combined or commingled with any other funds apportioned under that section: Provided, That of the funds provided for section 5311 under this heading, 3 percent shall be made available for section 5311(c)(1): Provided further, That applicable chapter 53 requirements shall apply except that the Federal share of the costs for which a grant is made under this heading shall be, at the option of the recipient, up to 100 percent: Provided further, In lieu of the requirements of section 1103 of this Act, funds made available under this heading shall be apportioned not later than 7 days after the date of enactment of this Act: Provided further, That for purposes of applying section 1104 of this Act to this appropriation, the deadline for grantees to enter into obligations to make use of not less than 50 percent of the funds awarded shall be 90 days after apportionment: Provided further, That the provisions of section 1101(b) of Public Law 109-59 shall apply to funds made available under this heading: Provided further, That notwithstanding any other provision of law, of the funds apportioned in accordance with section 5336, up to three-quarters of 1 percent shall be available for administrative expenses and program management oversight and of the funds apportioned in accordance with section 5311, up to one-half of 1 percent shall be available for administrative expenses and program management oversight and both amounts shall remain available for obligation until September 30, 2012: Provided further, That the preceding proviso shall apply in lieu of the provisions in section 1106 of this Act. [<-Struck out]

[Struck out->] fixed guideway infrastructure investment [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] For an amount for capital expenditures authorized under section 5309(b)(2) of title 49, United States Code, $2,000,000,000: Provided, That the Secretary of Transportation shall apportion funds under this heading pursuant to the formula set forth in section 5337 of title 49, United States Code: Provided further, That the funds appropriated under this heading shall not be commingled with funds available under the Formula and Bus Grants account: Provided further, In lieu of the requirements of section 1103 of this Act, funds made available under this heading shall be apportioned not later than 7 days after the date of enactment of this Act: Provided further, That for purposes of applying section 1104 of this Act to this appropriation, the deadline for grantees to enter into obligations to make use of not less than 50 percent of the funds awarded shall be 90 days after apportionment: Provided further, That applicable chapter 53 requirements shall apply except that the Federal share of the costs for which a grant is made under this heading shall be, at the option of the recipient, up to 100 percent: Provided further, That the provisions of section 1101(b) of Public Law 109-59 shall apply to funds made available under this heading: Provided further, That notwithstanding any other provision of law, up to 1 percent of the funds under this heading shall be available for administrative expenses and program management oversight and shall remain available for obligation until September 30, 2012: Provided further, That the preceding proviso shall apply in lieu of the provisions in section 1106 of this Act. [<-Struck out]

[Struck out->] capital investment grants [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] For an additional amount for ‘Capital Investment Grants’, as authorized under section 5338(c)(4) of title 49, United States Code, and allocated under section 5309(m)(2)(A) of such title, to enable the Secretary of Transportation to make discretionary grants as authorized by section 5309(d) and (e) of such title, $1,000,000,000 (increased by $1,500,000,000): Provided, That such amount shall be allocated without regard to the limitation under section 5309(m)(2)(A)(i): Provided further, That in selecting projects to be funded, priority shall be given to projects that are currently in construction or are able to award contracts based on bids within 90 days of enactment of this Act: Provided further, That for purposes of applying section 1104 of this Act to this appropriation, the deadline for grantees to enter into contracts or other binding commitments to make use of not less than 50 percent of the funds awarded shall be 90 days after award: Provided further, That the provisions of section 1101(b) of Public Law 109-59 shall apply to funds made available under this heading: Provided further, That applicable chapter 53 requirements shall apply, except that notwithstanding any other provision of law, up to 1 percent of the funds under this heading shall be available for administrative expenses and program management oversight and shall remain available for obligation until September 30, 2012: Provided further, That the preceding proviso shall apply in lieu of the provisions in section 1106 of this Act. [<-Struck out]

[Struck out->] DEPARTMENT OF HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT [<-Struck out]

[Struck out->] Public and Indian Housing [<-Struck out]

[Struck out->] public housing capital fund [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] For an additional amount for ‘Public Housing Capital Fund’ to carry out capital and management activities for public housing agencies, as authorized under section 9 of the United States Housing Act of 1937 (42 U.S.C. 1437g) (‘the Act’), $5,000,000,000: Provided, That the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development shall distribute at least $4,000,000,000 of this amount by the same formula used for amounts made available in fiscal year 2008: Provided further, That public housing authorities shall give priority to capital projects that can award contracts based on bids within 120 days from the date the funds are made available to the public housing authorities: Provided further, That public housing agencies shall give priority consideration to the rehabilitation of vacant rental units: Provided further, That notwithstanding any other provision of the Act or regulations: (1) funding provided herein may not be used for Operating Fund activities pursuant to section 9(g) of the Act; and (2) any restriction of funding to replacement housing uses shall be inapplicable: Provided further, That public housing agencies shall prioritize capital projects underway or already in their 5-year plans: Provided further, That of the amount provided under this heading, the Secretary may obligate up to $1,000,000,000, for competitive grants to public housing authorities for activities including: (1) investments that leverage private sector funding or financing for housing renovations and energy conservation retrofit investments; (2) rehabilitation of units using sustainable materials and methods that improve energy efficiency, reduce energy costs, or preserve and improve units with good access to public transportation or employment centers; (3) increase the availability of affordable rental housing by expediting rehabilitation projects to bring vacant units into use or by filling the capital investment gap for redevelopment or replacement housing projects which have been approved or are otherwise ready to proceed but are stalled due to the inability to obtain anticipated private capital; or (4) address the needs of seniors and persons with disabilities through improvements to housing and related facilities which attract or promote the coordinated delivery of supportive services: Provided further, That the Secretary may waive statutory or regulatory provisions related to the obligation and expenditure of capital funds if necessary to facilitate the timely expenditure of funds (except for requirements related to fair housing, nondiscrimination, labor standards, and the environment). [<-Struck out]

[Struck out->] elderly, disabled, and section 8 assisted housing energy retrofit [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] For grants or loans to owners of properties receiving project-based assistance pursuant to section 202 of the Housing Act of 1959 (12 U.S.C. 17012), section 811 of the Cranston-Gonzalez National Affordable Housing Act (42 U.S.C. 8013), or section 8 of the United States Housing Act of 1937 (42 U.S.C. 1437f), to accomplish energy retrofit investments, $2,500,000,000: Provided, That such loans or grants shall be provided through the Office of Affordable Housing Preservation of the Department of Housing and Urban Development, on such terms and conditions as the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development deems appropriate: Provided further, That eligible owners must have at least a satisfactory management review rating, be in substantial compliance with applicable performance standards and legal requirements, and commit to an additional period of affordability determined by the Secretary: Provided further, That the Secretary shall undertake appropriate underwriting and oversight with respect to such transactions: Provided further, That the Secretary may set aside funds made available under this heading for an efficiency incentive payable upon satisfactory completion of energy retrofit investments, and may provide additional incentives if such investments resulted in extraordinary job creation for low-income and very low-income persons: Provided further, that of the funds provided under this heading, 1 percent shall be available only for staffing, training, technical assistance, technology, monitoring, research and evaluation activities. [<-Struck out]

[Struck out->] native american housing block grants [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] For an additional amount for ‘Native American Housing Block Grants’, as authorized under title I of the Native American Housing Assistance and Self-Determination Act of 1996 (‘NAHASDA’) (25 U.S.C. 4111 et seq.), $500,000,000: Provided, That $250,000,000 of the amount appropriated under this heading shall be distributed according to the same funding formula used in fiscal year 2008: Provided further, That in selecting projects to be funded, recipients shall give priority to projects that can award contracts based on bids within 120 days from the date that funds are available to the recipients: Provided further, That in allocating the funds appropriated under this heading, the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development shall not require an additional action plan from grantees: Provided further, That the Secretary may obligate $250,000,000 of the amount appropriated under this heading for competitive grants to eligible entities that apply for funds as authorized under NAHASDA: Provided further, That in awarding competitive funds, the Secretary shall give priority to projects that will spur construction and rehabilitation and will create employment opportunities for low-income and unemployed persons. [<-Struck out]

[Struck out->] Community Planning and Development [<-Struck out]

[Struck out->] community development fund [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] For an additional amount for ‘Community Development Fund’ $1,000,000,000, to carry out the community development block grant program under title I of the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974 (42 U.S.C. 5301 et seq.): Provided, That the amount appropriated in this paragraph shall be distributed according to the same funding formula used in fiscal year 2008: Provided further, That in allocating the funds appropriated in this paragraph, the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development shall not require an additional action plan from grantees: Provided further, That in selecting projects to be funded, recipients shall give priority to projects that can award contracts based on bids within 120 days from the date the funds are made available to the recipients; Provided further, That in administering funds provided in this paragraph, the Secretary may waive any provision of any statute or regulation that the Secretary administers in connection with the obligation by the Secretary or the use by the recipient of these funds (except for requirements related to fair housing, nondiscrimination, labor standards, and the environment), upon a finding that such waiver is required to facilitate the timely use of such funds and would not be inconsistent with the overall purpose of the statute. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] For a further additional amount for ‘Community Development Fund’, $4,190,000,000, to be used for neighborhood stabilization activities related to emergency assistance for the redevelopment of abandoned and foreclosed homes as authorized under division B, title III of the Housing and Economic Recovery Act of 2008 (Public Law 110-289), of which-- [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (1) not less than $3,440,000,000 shall be allocated by a competition for which eligible entities shall be States, units of general local government, and nonprofit entities or consortia of nonprofit entities: Provided, That the award criteria for such competition shall include grantee capacity, leveraging potential, targeted impact of foreclosure prevention, and any additional factors determined by the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development: Provided further, that the Secretary may establish a minimum grant size: Provided further, That amounts made available under this Section may be used to: (A) establish financing mechanisms for purchase and redevelopment of foreclosed-upon homes and residential properties, including such mechanisms as soft-seconds, loan loss reserves, and shared-equity loans for low- and moderate-income homebuyers; (B) purchase and rehabilitate homes and residential properties that have been abandoned or foreclosed upon, in order to sell or rent such homes and properties; (C) establish and operate land banks for homes that have been foreclosed upon; (D) demolish foreclosed properties that have become blighted structures; and (E) redevelop demolished or vacant foreclosed properties in order to sell or rent such properties; and [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (2) up to $750,000,000 shall be awarded by competition to nonprofit entities or consortia of nonprofit entities to provide community stabilization assistance by: (A) accelerating state and local government and nonprofit productivity; (B) increasing the scale and efficiency of property transfers of foreclosed and vacant residential properties from financial institutions and government entities to qualified local housing providers in order to return the properties to productive affordable housing use; (C) building industry and property management capacity; and (D) partnering with private sector real estate developers and contractors and leveraging private sector capital: Provided further, That such community stabilization assistance shall be provided primarily in States and areas with high rates of defaults and foreclosures to support the acquisition, rehabilitation and property management of single-family and multi-family homes and to work in partnership with the private sector real estate industry and to leverage available private and public funds for those purposes: Provided further, That for purposes of this paragraph qualified local housing providers shall be nonprofit organizations with demonstrated capabilities in real estate development or acquisition and rehabilitation or property management of single- or multi-family homes, or local or state governments or instrumentalities of such governments: Provided further, That qualified local housing providers shall be expected to utilize and leverage additional local nonprofit, governmental, for-profit and private resources: [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] Provided further, That in the case of any foreclosure on any dwelling or residential real property acquired with any amounts made available under this heading, any successor in interest in such property pursuant to the foreclosure shall assume such interest subject to: (1) the provision by such successor in interest of a notice to vacate to any bona fide tenant at least 90 days before the effective date of such notice; and (2) the rights of any bona fide tenant, as of the date of such notice of foreclosure: (A) under any bona fide lease entered into before the notice of foreclosure to occupy the premises until the end of the remaining term of the lease, except that a successor in interest may terminate a lease effective on the date of sale of the unit to a purchaser who will occupy the unit as a primary residence, subject to the receipt by the tenant of the 90-day notice under this paragraph; or (B) without a lease or with a lease terminable at will under State law, subject to the receipt by the tenant of the 90-day notice under this paragraph, except that nothing in this paragraph shall affect the requirements for termination of any Federal- or State-subsidized tenancy or of any State or local law that provides longer time periods or other additional protections for tenants: Provided further, That, for purposes of this paragraph, a lease or tenancy shall be considered bona fide only if: (1) the mortgagor under the contract is not the tenant; (2) the lease or tenancy was the result of an arms-length transaction; and (3) the lease or tenancy requires the receipt of rent that is not substantially less than fair market rent for the property: Provided further, That the recipient of any grant or loan from amounts made available under this heading may not refuse to lease a dwelling unit in housing assisted with such loan or grant to a holder of a voucher or certificate of eligibility under section 8 of the United States Housing Act of 1937 (42 U.S.C. 1437f) because of the status of the prospective tenant as such a holder: Provided further, That in the case of any qualified foreclosed housing for which funds made available under this heading are used and in which a recipient of assistance under section 8(o) of the U.S. Housing Act of 1937 resides at the time of acquisition or financing, the owner and any successor in interest shall be subject to the lease and to the housing assistance payments contract for the occupied unit: Provided further, That vacating the property prior to sale shall not constitute good cause for termination of the tenancy unless the property is unmarketable while occupied or unless the owner or subsequent purchaser desires the unit for personal or family use: Provided further, That this paragraph shall not preempt any State or local law that provides more protection for tenants: Provided further, That amounts made available under this heading may be used for the costs of demolishing foreclosed housing that is deteriorated or unsafe: Provided further, That the amount for demolition of such housing may not exceed 10 percent of amounts allocated under this paragraph to States and units of general local government: Provided further, That no amounts from a grant made under this paragraph may be used to demolish any public housing (as such term is defined in section 3 of the United States Housing Act of 1937 (42 U.S.C. 1437a)): Provided further, That section 2301(d)(4) of the Housing and Economic Recovery Act of 2008 (Public Law 110-289) is repealed. [<-Struck out]

[Struck out->] home investment partnerships program [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] For an additional amount for ‘HOME Investment Partnerships Program’ as authorized under Title II of the Cranston-Gonzalez National Affordable Housing Act (‘the Act’), $1,500,000,000: Provided, That the amount appropriated under this heading shall be distributed according to the same funding formula used in fiscal year 2008: Provided further, That the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development may waive statutory or regulatory provisions related to the obligation of such funds if necessary to facilitate the timely expenditure of funds (except for requirements related to fair housing, nondiscrimination, labor standards, and the environment): Provided further, That in selecting projects to be funded, recipients shall give priority to projects that can award contracts based on bids within 120 days from the date that funds are available to the recipients. [<-Struck out]

[Struck out->] self-help and assisted homeownership opportunity program [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] For an additional amount for ‘Self-Help and Assisted Homeownership Opportunity Program’, as authorized under section 11 of the Housing Opportunity Program Extension Act of 1996, $10,000,000: Provided, That in awarding competitive grant funds, the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development shall give priority to the provision and rehabilitation of sustainable, affordable single and multifamily units in low-income, high-need rural areas: Provided further, That in selecting projects to be funded, grantees shall give priority to projects that can award contracts based on bids within 120 days from the date the funds are made available to the grantee. [<-Struck out]

[Struck out->] homeless assistance grants [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] For an additional amount for ‘Homeless Assistance Grants’, for the emergency shelter grants program as authorized under subtitle B of tile IV of the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act, $1,500,000,000: Provided, That in addition to homeless prevention activities specified in the emergency shelter grant program, funds provided under this heading may be used for the provision of short-term or medium-term rental assistance; housing relocation and stabilization services including housing search, mediation or outreach to property owners, legal services, credit repair, resolution of security or utility deposits, utility payments, rental assistance for a final month at a location, and moving costs assistance; or other appropriate homelessness prevention activities; Provided further, That these funds shall be allocated pursuant to the formula authorized by section 413 of such Act: Provided further, That the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development may waive statutory or regulatory provisions related to the obligation and use of emergency shelter grant funds necessary to facilitate the timely expenditure of funds. [<-Struck out]

[Struck out->] Office of Healthy Homes and Lead Hazard Control [<-Struck out]

[Struck out->] lead hazard reduction [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] For an additional amount for ‘Lead Hazard Reduction’, for the Lead Hazard Reduction Program as authorized by section 1011 of the Residential Lead-Based Paint Hazard Reduction Act of 1992, $100,000,000: Provided, That for purposes of environmental review, pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq.) and other provisions of law that further the purposes of such Act, a grant under the Healthy Homes Initiative, Operation Lead Elimination Action Plan (LEAP), or the Lead Technical Studies program under this heading or under prior appropriations Acts for such purposes under this heading, shall be considered to be funds for a special project for purposes of section 305(e) of the Multifamily Housing Property Disposition Reform Act of 1994: Provided further, That of the total amount made available under this heading, $30,000,000 shall be made available on a competitive basis for areas with the highest lead paint abatement needs. [<-Struck out]

[Struck out->] GENERAL PROVISIONS, THIS TITLE [<-Struck out]

[Struck out->] SEC. 12001. MAINTENANCE OF EFFORT AND REPORTING REQUIREMENTS TO ENSURE TRANSPARENCY AND ACCOUNTABILITY. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (a) Maintenance of Effort- Not later than 30 days after the date of enactment of this Act, for each amount that is distributed to a State or agency thereof from an appropriation in this Act for a covered program, the Governor of the State shall certify that the State will maintain its effort with regard to State funding for the types of projects that are funded by the appropriation. As part of this certification, the Governor shall submit to the covered agency a statement identifying the amount of funds the State planned to expend as of October 1, 2008, from non-Federal sources in the period beginning on the date of enactment of this Act through September 30, 2010, for the types of projects that are funded by the appropriation. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (b) Failure to Maintain Effort- If a Governor is unable to certify that Federal funds will not supplant non-Federal funds pursuant to subsection (a), then the Federal funds apportioned to that State under this Act that will supplant non-Federal funds will be recaptured by the appropriate Federal agency and redistributed to States or agencies that can spend the Federal funds without supplanting non-Federal funds. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (c) Periodic Reports- [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (1) IN GENERAL- Notwithstanding any other provision of law, each grant recipient shall submit to the covered agency from which they received funding periodic reports on the use of the funds appropriated in this Act for covered programs. Such reports shall be collected and compiled by the covered agency and transmitted to Congress. [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (2) CONTENTS OF REPORTS- For amounts received under each covered program by a grant recipient under this Act, the grant recipient shall include in the periodic reports information tracking-- [<-Struck out]

        [Struck out->] (A) the amount of Federal funds appropriated, allocated, obligated, and outlayed under the appropriation; [<-Struck out]

        [Struck out->] (B) the number of projects that have been put out to bid under the appropriation and the amount of Federal funds associated with such projects; [<-Struck out]

        [Struck out->] (C) the number of projects for which contracts have been awarded under the appropriation and the amount of Federal funds associated with such contracts; [<-Struck out]

        [Struck out->] (D) the number of projects for which work has begun under such contracts and the amount of Federal funds associated with such contracts; [<-Struck out]

        [Struck out->] (E) the number of projects for which work has been completed under such contracts and the amount of Federal funds associated with such contracts; [<-Struck out]

        [Struck out->] (F) the number of jobs created or sustained by the Federal funds provided for projects under the appropriation, including information on job sectors and pay levels; and [<-Struck out]

        [Struck out->] (G) for each covered program report information tracking the actual aggregate expenditures by each grant recipient from non-Federal sources for projects eligible for funding under the program during the period beginning on the date of enactment of this Act through September 30, 2010, as compared to the level of such expenditures that were planned to occur during such period as of the date of enactment of this Act. [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (3) TIMING OF REPORTS- Each grant recipient shall submit the first of the periodic reports required under this subsection not later than 30 days after the date of enactment of this Act and shall submit updated reports not later than 60 days, 120 days, 180 days, 1 year, and 3 years after such date of enactment. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (d) Definitions- In this section, the following definitions apply: [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (1) COVERED AGENCY- The term ‘covered agency’ means the Federal Aviation Administration, the Federal Highway Administration, the Federal Railroad Administration, and the Federal Transit Administration of the Department of Transportation. [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (2) COVERED PROGRAM- The term ‘covered program’ means funds appropriated in this Act for ‘Grants-in-Aid for Airports’ to the Federal Aviation Administration; for ‘Highway Infrastructure Investment’ to the Federal Highway Administration; for ‘Capital Assistance for Intercity Passenger Rail Service’ to the Federal Railroad Administration; for ‘Transit Capital Assistance’, ‘Fixed Guideway Infrastructure Investment’, and ‘Capital Investment Grants’ to the Federal Transit Administration. [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (3) GRANT RECIPIENT- The term ‘grant recipient’ means a State or other recipient of assistance provided under a covered program in this Act. Such term does not include a Federal department or agency. [<-Struck out]

[Struck out->] SEC. 12002. FHA LOAN LIMITS FOR 2009. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (a) Loan Limit Floor Based on 2008 Levels- For mortgages for which the mortgagee issues credit approval for the borrower during calendar year 2009, if the dollar amount limitation on the principal obligation of a mortgage determined under section 203(b)(2) of the National Housing Act (12 U.S.C. 1709(b)(2)) for any size residence for any area is less than such dollar amount limitation that was in effect for such size residence for such area for 2008 pursuant to section 202 of the Economic Stimulus Act of 2008 (Public Law 110-185; 122 Stat. 620), notwithstanding any other provision of law, the maximum dollar amount limitation on the principal obligation of a mortgage for such size residence for such area for purposes of such section 203(b)(2) shall be considered (except for purposes of section 255(g) of such Act (12 U.S.C. 1715z-20(g))) to be such dollar amount limitation in effect for such size residence for such area for 2008. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (b) Discretionary Authority for Sub-Areas- Notwithstanding any other provision of law, if the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development determines, for any geographic area that is smaller than an area for which dollar amount limitations on the principal obligation of a mortgage are determined under section 203(b)(2) of the National Housing Act, that a higher such maximum dollar amount limitation is warranted for any particular size or sizes of residences in such sub-area by higher median home prices in such sub-area, the Secretary may, for mortgages for which the mortgagee issues credit approval for the borrower during calendar year 2009, increase the maximum dollar amount limitation for such size or sizes of residences for such sub-area that is otherwise in effect (including pursuant to subsection (a) of this section), but in no case to an amount that exceeds the amount specified in section 202(a)(2) of the Economic Stimulus Act of 2008. [<-Struck out]

[Struck out->] SEC. 12003. GSE CONFORMING LOAN LIMITS FOR 2009. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (a) Loan Limit Floor Based on 2008 Levels- For mortgages originated during calendar year 2009, if the limitation on the maximum original principal obligation of a mortgage that may purchased by the Federal National Mortgage Association or the Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation determined under section 302(b)(2) of the Federal National Mortgage Association Charter Act (12 U.S.C. 1717(b)(2)) or section 305(a)(2) of the Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation Act (12 U.S.C. 1754(a)(2)), respectively, for any size residence for any area is less than such maximum original principal obligation limitation that was in effect for such size residence for such area for 2008 pursuant to section 201 of the Economic Stimulus Act of 2008 (Public Law 110-185; 122 Stat. 619), notwithstanding any other provision of law, the limitation on the maximum original principal obligation of a mortgage for such Association and Corporation for such size residence for such area shall be such maximum limitation in effect for such size residence for such area for 2008. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (b) Discretionary Authority for Sub-Areas- Notwithstanding any other provision of law, if the Director of the Federal Housing Finance Agency determines, for any geographic area that is smaller than an area for which limitations on the maximum original principal obligation of a mortgage are determined for the Federal National Mortgage Association or the Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation, that a higher such maximum original principal obligation limitation is warranted for any particular size or sizes of residences in such sub-area by higher median home prices in such sub-area, the Director may, for mortgages originated during 2009, increase the maximum original principal obligation limitation for such size or sizes of residences for such sub-area that is otherwise in effect (including pursuant to subsection (a) of this section) for such Association and Corporation, but in no case to an amount that exceeds the amount specified in the matter following the comma in section 201(a)(1)(B) of the Economic Stimulus Act of 2008. [<-Struck out]

[Struck out->] SEC. 12004. FHA REVERSE MORTGAGE LOAN LIMITS FOR 2009. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] For mortgages for which the mortgagee issues credit approval for the borrower during calendar year 2009, the second sentence of section 255(g) of the National Housing Act (12 U.S.C. 171520(g)) shall be considered to require that in no case may the benefits of insurance under such section 255 exceed 150 percent of the maximum dollar amount in effect under the sixth sentence of section 305(a)(2) of the Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation Act (12 U.S.C. 1454(a)(2)). [<-Struck out]

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TITLE XIII--STATE FISCAL STABILIZATION FUND

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[Struck out->] DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION [<-Struck out]

[Struck out->] State Fiscal Stabilization Fund [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] For necessary expenses for a State Fiscal Stabilization Fund, $79,000,000,000, which shall be administered by the Department of Education, of which $39,500,000,000 shall become available on July 1, 2009, and remain available through September 30, 2010, and $39,500,000,000 shall become available on July 1, 2010, and remain available through September 30, 2011: Provided, That the provisions of section 1103 of this Act shall not apply to the funds reserved under section 13001(c) of this title: Provided further, That the amount made available under section 13001(b) of this title for administration and oversight shall take the place of the set-aside under section 1106 of this Act. [<-Struck out]

[Struck out->] GENERAL PROVISIONS, THIS TITLE [<-Struck out]

[Struck out->] SEC. 13001. ALLOCATIONS. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (a) Outlying Areas- From each year’s appropriation to carry out this title, the Secretary of Education shall first allocate one half of 1 percent to the outlying areas on the basis of their respective needs, as determined by the Secretary, for activities consistent with this title under such terms and conditions as the Secretary may determine. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (b) Administration and Oversight- The Secretary may, in addition, reserve up to $12,500,000 each year for administration and oversight of this title, including for program evaluation. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (c) Reservation for Additional Programs- After reserving funds under subsections (a) and (b), the Secretary shall reserve $7,500,000,000 each year for grants under sections 13006 and 13007. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (d) State Allocations- After carrying out subsections (a), (b), and (c), the Secretary shall allocate the remaining funds made available to carry out this title to the States as follows: [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (1) 61 percent on the basis of their relative population of individuals aged 5 through 24. [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (2) 39 percent on the basis of their relative total population. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (e) State Grants- From funds allocated under subsection (d), the Secretary shall make grants to the Governor of each State. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (f) Reallocation- The Governor shall return to the Secretary any funds received under subsection (e) that the Governor does not obligate within one year of receiving a grant, and the Secretary shall reallocate such funds to the remaining States in accordance with subsection (d). [<-Struck out]

[Struck out->] SEC. 13002. STATE USES OF FUNDS. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (a) Education Fund- [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (1) IN GENERAL- For each fiscal year, the Governor shall use at least 61 percent of the State’s allocation under section 13001 for the support of elementary, secondary, and postsecondary education. [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (2) RESTORING 2008 STATE SUPPORT FOR EDUCATION- [<-Struck out]

        [Struck out->] (A) IN GENERAL- The Governor shall first use the funds described in paragraph (1)-- [<-Struck out]

          [Struck out->] (i) to provide the amount of funds, through the State’s principal elementary and secondary funding formula, that is needed to restore State support for elementary and secondary education to the fiscal year 2008 level; and [<-Struck out]

          [Struck out->] (ii) to provide the amount of funds to public institutions of higher education in the State that is needed to restore State support for postsecondary education to the fiscal year 2008 level. [<-Struck out]

        [Struck out->] (B) SHORTFALL- If the Governor determines that the amount of funds available under paragraph (1) is insufficient to restore State support for education to the levels described in clauses (i) and (ii) of subparagraph (A), the Governor shall allocate those funds between those clauses in proportion to the relative shortfall in State support for the education sectors described in those clauses. [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (3) SUBGRANTS TO IMPROVE BASIC PROGRAMS OPERATED BY LOCAL EDUCATIONAL AGENCIES- After carrying out paragraph (2), the Governor shall use any funds remaining under paragraph (1) to provide local educational agencies in the State with subgrants based on their relative shares of funding under part A of title I of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (20 U.S.C. 6311 et seq.) for the most recent year for which data are available. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (b) Other Government Services- For each fiscal year, the Governor may use up to 39 percent of the State’s allocation under section 1301 for public safety and other government services, which may include assistance for elementary and secondary education and public institutions of higher education. [<-Struck out]

[Struck out->] SEC. 13003. USES OF FUNDS BY LOCAL EDUCATIONAL AGENCIES. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (a) In General- A local educational agency that receives funds under this title may use the funds for any activity authorized by the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (20 U.S.C. 6301 et seq.) (‘ESEA’), the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (20 U.S.C. 1400 et seq.) (‘IDEA’), or the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act of 2006 (20 U.S.C. 2301 et seq.) (‘the Perkins Act’). [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (b) Prohibition- A local educational agency may not use funds received under this title for capital projects unless authorized by ESEA, IDEA, or the Perkins Act. [<-Struck out]

[Struck out->] SEC. 13004. USES OF FUNDS BY INSTITUTIONS OF HIGHER EDUCATION. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (a) In General- A public institution of higher education that receives funds under this title shall use the funds for education and general expenditures, and in such a way as to mitigate the need to raise tuition and fees for in-State students. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (b) Prohibition- An institution of higher education may not use funds received under this title to increase its endowment. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (c) Additional Prohibition- An institution of higher education may not use funds received under this title for construction, renovation, or facility repair. [<-Struck out]

[Struck out->] SEC. 13005. STATE APPLICATIONS. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (a) In General- The Governor of a State desiring to receive an allocation under section 13001 shall submit an annual application at such time, in such manner, and containing such information as the Secretary may reasonably require. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (b) First Year Application- In the first of such applications, the Governor shall-- [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (1) include the assurances described in subsection (e); [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (2) provide baseline data that demonstrates the State’s current status in each of the areas described in such assurances; and [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (3) describe how the State intends to use its allocation. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (c) Second Year Application- In the second year application, the Governor shall-- [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (1) include the assurances described in subsection (e); and [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (2) describe how the State intends to use its allocation. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (d) Incentive Grant Application- The Governor of a State seeking a grant under section 13006 shall-- [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (1) submit an application for consideration; [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (2) describe the status of the State’s progress in each of the areas described in subsection (e), and the strategies the State is employing to help ensure that high-need students in the State continue making progress towards meeting the State’s student academic achievement standards; [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (3) describe how the State would use its grant funding, including how it will allocate the funds to give priority to high-need schools and local educational agencies; and [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (4) include a plan for evaluating its progress in closing achievement gaps. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (e) Assurances- An application under subsection (b) or (c) shall include the following assurances: [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (1) MAINTENANCE OF EFFORT- [<-Struck out]

        [Struck out->] (A) ELEMENTARY AND SECONDARY EDUCATION- The State will, in each of fiscal years 2009 and 2010, maintain State support for elementary and secondary education at least at the level of such support in fiscal year 2006. [<-Struck out]

        [Struck out->] (B) HIGHER EDUCATION- The State will, in each of fiscal years 2009 and 2010, maintain State support for public institutions of higher education (not including support for capital projects or for research and development) at least at the level of such support in fiscal year 2006. [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (2) ACHIEVING EQUITY IN TEACHER DISTRIBUTION- The State will take actions to comply with section 1111(b)(8)(C) of ESEA (20 U.S.C. 6311(b)(8)(C)) in order to address inequities in the distribution of teachers between high-and low-poverty schools, and to ensure that low-income and minority children are not taught at higher rates than other children by inexperienced, unqualified, or out-of-field teachers. [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (3) IMPROVING COLLECTION AND USE OF DATA- The State will establish a longitudinal data system that includes the elements described in section 6401(e)(2)(D) of the America COMPETES Act (20 U.S.C. 9871). [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (4) ASSESSMENTS- The State-- [<-Struck out]

        [Struck out->] (A) will enhance the quality of academic assessments described in section 1111(b)(3) of ESEA (20 U.S.C. 6311(b)(3)) through activities such as those described in section 6112(a) of such Act (20 U.S.C. 7301a(a)); and [<-Struck out]

        [Struck out->] (B) will comply with the requirements of paragraphs 3(C)(ix) and (6) of section 1111(b) of ESEA (20 U.S.C. 6311(b)) and section 612(a)(16) of IDEA (20 U.S.C. 1412(a)(16)) related to the inclusion of children with disabilities and limited English proficient students in State assessments, the development of valid and reliable assessments for those students, and the provision of accommodations that enable their participation in State assessments. [<-Struck out]

[Struck out->] SEC. 13006. STATE INCENTIVE GRANTS. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (a) In General- From the total amount reserved under section 13001(c) that is not used for section 13007, the Secretary shall, in fiscal year 2010, make grants to States that have made significant progress in meeting the objectives of paragraphs (2), (3), and (4) of section 13005(e). [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (b) Basis for Grants- The Secretary shall determine which States receive grants under this section, and the amount of those grants, on the basis of information provided in State applications under section 13005 and such other criteria as the Secretary determines appropriate. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (c) Subgrants to Local Educational Agencies- Each State receiving a grant under this section shall use at least 50 percent of the grant to provide local educational agencies in the State with subgrants based on their relative shares of funding under part A of title I of ESEA (20 U.S.C. 6311 et seq.) for the most recent year. [<-Struck out]

[Struck out->] SEC. 13007. INNOVATION FUND. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (a) In General- [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (1) PROGRAM ESTABLISHED- From the total amount reserved under section 13001(c), the Secretary may reserve up to $325,000,000 each year to establish an Innovation Fund, which shall consist of academic achievement awards that recognize States, local educational agencies, or schools that meet the requirements described in subsection (b). [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (2) BASIS FOR AWARDS- The Secretary shall make awards to States, local educational agencies, or schools that have made significant gains in closing the achievement gap as described in subsection (b)(1)-- [<-Struck out]

        [Struck out->] (A) to allow such States, local educational agencies, and schools to expand their work and serve as models for best practices; [<-Struck out]

        [Struck out->] (B) to allow such States, local educational agencies, and schools to work in partnership with the private sector and the philanthropic community; and [<-Struck out]

        [Struck out->] (C) to identify and document best practices that can be shared, and taken to scale based on demonstrated success. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (b) Eligibility- To be eligible for such an award, a State, local educational agency, or school shall-- [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (1) have significantly closed the achievement gaps between groups of students described in section 1111(b)(2) of ESEA (20 U.S.C. 6311(b)(2)); [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (2) have exceeded the State’s annual measurable objectives consistent with such section 1111(b)(2) for 2 or more consecutive years or have demonstrated success in significantly increasing student academic achievement for all groups of students described in such section through another measure, such as measures described in section 1111(c)(2) of ESEA; [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (3) have made significant improvement in other areas, such as graduation rates or increased recruitment and placement of high-quality teachers and school leaders, as demonstrated with meaningful data; and [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (4) demonstrate that they have established partnerships with the private sector, which may include philanthropic organizations, and that the private sector will provide matching funds in order to help bring results to scale. [<-Struck out]

[Struck out->] SEC. 13008. STATE REPORTS. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] For each year of the program under this title, a State receiving funds under this title shall submit a report to the Secretary, at such time and in such manner as the Secretary may require, that describes-- [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (1) the uses of funds provided under this title within the State; [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (2) how the State distributed the funds it received under this title; [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (3) the number of jobs that the Governor estimates were saved or created with funds the State received under this title; [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (4) tax increases that the Governor estimates were averted because of the availability of funds from this title; [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (5) the State’s progress in reducing inequities in the distribution of teachers, in implementing a State student longitudinal data system, and in developing and implementing valid and reliable assessments for limited English proficient students and children with disabilities; [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (6) the tuition and fee increases for in-State students imposed by public institutions of higher education in the State during the period of availability of funds under this title, and a description of any actions taken by the State to limit those increases; and [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (7) the extent to which public institutions of higher education maintained, increased, or decreased enrollment of in-State students, including students eligible for Pell Grants or other need-based financial assistance. [<-Struck out]

[Struck out->] SEC. 13009. EVALUATION. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] The Comptroller General of the United States shall conduct evaluations of the programs under sections 13006 and 13007 which shall include, but not be limited to, the criteria used for the awards made, the States selected for awards, award amounts, how each State used the award received, and the impact of this funding on the progress made toward closing achievement gaps. [<-Struck out]

[Struck out->] SEC. 13010. SECRETARY’S REPORT TO CONGRESS. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] The Secretary shall submit a report to the Committee on Education and Labor of the House of Representatives, the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions of the Senate, and the Committees on Appropriations of the House of Representatives and of the Senate, not less than 6 months following the submission of State reports, that evaluates the information provided in the State reports under section 13008. [<-Struck out]

[Struck out->] SEC. 13011. PROHIBITION ON PROVISION OF CERTAIN ASSISTANCE. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] No recipient of funds under this title shall use such funds to provide financial assistance to students to attend private elementary or secondary schools. [<-Struck out]

[Struck out->] SEC. 13012. DEFINITIONS. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] Except as otherwise provided in this title, as used in this title-- [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (1) the term ‘institution of higher education’ has the meaning given such term in section 101 of the Higher Education Act of 1965 (20 U.S.C. 1001); [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (2) the term ‘Secretary’ means the Secretary of Education; [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (3) the term ‘State’ means each of the 50 States, the District of Columbia, and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico; and [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (4) any other term used in this title that is defined in section 9101 of ESEA (20 U.S.C. 7801) shall have the meaning given the term in that section. [<-Struck out]

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DIVISION B--OTHER PROVISIONS

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TITLE I--TAX PROVISIONS

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[Struck out->] SEC. 1000. SHORT TITLE, ETC. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (a) Short Title- This title may be cited as the ‘American Recovery and Reinvestment Tax Act of 2009’. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (b) Reference- Except as otherwise expressly provided, whenever in this title an amendment or repeal is expressed in terms of an amendment to, or repeal of, a section or other provision, the reference shall be considered to be made to a section or other provision of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (c) Table of Contents- The table of contents for this title is as follows: [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] Sec. 1000. Short title, etc. [<-Struck out]

[Struck out->] Subtitle A--Making Work Pay [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] Sec. 1001. Making work pay credit. [<-Struck out]

[Struck out->] Subtitle B--Additional Tax Relief for Families With Children [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] Sec. 1101. Increase in earned income tax credit. [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] Sec. 1102. Increase of refundable portion of child credit. [<-Struck out]

[Struck out->] Subtitle C--American Opportunity Tax Credit [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] Sec. 1201. American opportunity tax credit. [<-Struck out]

[Struck out->] Subtitle D--Housing Incentives [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] Sec. 1301. Waiver of requirement to repay first-time homebuyer credit. [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] Sec. 1302. Coordination of low-income housing credit and low-income housing grants. [<-Struck out]

[Struck out->] Subtitle E--Tax Incentives for Business [<-Struck out]

[Struck out->] Part 1--Temporary Investment Incentives [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] Sec. 1401. Special allowance for certain property acquired during 2009. [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] Sec. 1402. Temporary increase in limitations on expensing of certain depreciable business assets. [<-Struck out]

[Struck out->] Part 2--5-Year Carryback of Operating Losses [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] Sec. 1411. 5-year carryback of operating losses. [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] Sec. 1412. Exception for TARP recipients. [<-Struck out]

[Struck out->] Part 3--Incentives for New Jobs [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] Sec. 1421. Incentives to hire unemployed veterans and disconnected youth. [<-Struck out]

[Struck out->] Part 4--Clarification of Regulations Related to Limitations on Certain Built-In Losses Following an Ownership Change [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] Sec. 1431. Clarification of regulations related to limitations on certain built-in losses following an ownership change. [<-Struck out]

[Struck out->] Subtitle F--Fiscal Relief for State and Local Governments [<-Struck out]

[Struck out->] Part 1--Improved Marketability for Tax-Exempt Bonds [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] Sec. 1501. De minimis safe harbor exception for tax-exempt interest expense of financial institutions. [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] Sec. 1502. Modification of small issuer exception to tax-exempt interest expense allocation rules for financial institutions. [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] Sec. 1503. Temporary modification of alternative minimum tax limitations on tax-exempt bonds. [<-Struck out]

[Struck out->] Part 2--Tax Credit Bonds for Schools [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] Sec. 1511. Qualified school construction bonds. [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] Sec. 1512. Extension and expansion of qualified zone academy bonds. [<-Struck out]

[Struck out->] Part 3--Taxable Bond Option for Governmental Bonds [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] Sec. 1521. Taxable bond option for governmental bonds. [<-Struck out]

[Struck out->] Part 4--Recovery Zone Bonds [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] Sec. 1531. Recovery zone bonds. [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] Sec. 1532. Tribal economic development bonds. [<-Struck out]

[Struck out->] Part 5--Repeal of Withholding Tax on Government Contractors [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] Sec. 1541. Repeal of withholding tax on government contractors. [<-Struck out]

[Struck out->] Subtitle G--Energy Incentives [<-Struck out]

[Struck out->] Part 1--Renewable Energy Incentives [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] Sec. 1601. Extension of credit for electricity produced from certain renewable resources. [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] Sec. 1602. Election of investment credit in lieu of production credit. [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] Sec. 1603. Repeal of certain limitations on credit for renewable energy property. [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] Sec. 1604. Coordination with renewable energy grants. [<-Struck out]

[Struck out->] Part 2--Increased Allocations of New Clean Renewable Energy Bonds and Qualified Energy Conservation Bonds [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] Sec. 1611. Increased limitation on issuance of new clean renewable energy bonds. [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] Sec. 1612. Increased limitation and expansion of qualified energy conservation bonds. [<-Struck out]

[Struck out->] Part 3--Energy Conservation Incentives [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] Sec. 1621. Extension and modification of credit for nonbusiness energy property. [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] Sec. 1622. Modification of credit for residential energy efficient property. [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] Sec. 1623. Temporary increase in credit for alternative fuel vehicle refueling property. [<-Struck out]

[Struck out->] Part 4--Energy Research Incentives [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] Sec. 1631. Increased research credit for energy research. [<-Struck out]

[Struck out->] Subtitle H--Other Provisions [<-Struck out]

[Struck out->] Part 1--Application of Certain Labor Standards to Projects Financed With Certain Tax-Favored Bonds [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] Sec. 1701. Application of certain labor standards to projects financed with certain tax-favored bonds. [<-Struck out]

[Struck out->] Part 2--Grants To Provide Financing for Low-Income Housing [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] Sec. 1711. Grants to States for low-income housing projects in lieu of low-income housing credit allocations for 2009. [<-Struck out]

[Struck out->] Part 3--Grants for Specified Energy Property in Lieu of Tax Credits [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] Sec. 1721. Grants for specified energy property in lieu of tax credits. [<-Struck out]

[Struck out->] Part 4--Study of Economic, Employment, and Related Effects of This Act [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] Sec. 1731. Study of economic, employment, and related effects of this Act. [<-Struck out]

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Subtitle A--Making Work Pay

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[Struck out->] SEC. 1001. MAKING WORK PAY CREDIT. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (a) In General- Subpart C of part IV of subchapter A of chapter 1 is amended by inserting after section 36 the following new section: [<-Struck out]

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‘SEC. 36A. MAKING WORK PAY CREDIT. [<-Struck out]

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    ‘(a) Allowance of Credit- In the case of an eligible individual, there shall be allowed as a credit against the tax imposed by this subtitle for the taxable year an amount equal to the lesser of-- [<-Struck out]

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      ‘(1) 6.2 percent of earned income of the taxpayer, or [<-Struck out]

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      ‘(2) $500 ($1,000 in the case of a joint return). [<-Struck out]

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    ‘(b) Limitation Based on Modified Adjusted Gross Income- [<-Struck out]

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      ‘(1) IN GENERAL- The amount allowable as a credit under subsection (a) (determined without regard to this paragraph) for the taxable year shall be reduced (but not below zero) by 2 percent of so much of the taxpayer’s modified adjusted gross income as exceeds $75,000 ($150,000 in the case of a joint return). [<-Struck out]

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      ‘(2) MODIFIED ADJUSTED GROSS INCOME- For purposes of subparagraph (A), the term ‘modified adjusted gross income’ means the adjusted gross income of the taxpayer for the taxable year increased by any amount excluded from gross income under section 911, 931, or 933. [<-Struck out]

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    ‘(c) Definitions- For purposes of this section-- [<-Struck out]

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      ‘(1) ELIGIBLE INDIVIDUAL- The term ‘eligible individual’ means any individual other than-- [<-Struck out]

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        ‘(A) any nonresident alien individual, [<-Struck out]

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        ‘(B) any individual with respect to whom a deduction under section 151 is allowable to another taxpayer for a taxable year beginning in the calendar year in which the individual’s taxable year begins, and [<-Struck out]

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        ‘(C) an estate or trust. [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] Such term shall not include any individual unless the requirements of section 32(c)(1)(E) are met with respect to such individual. [<-Struck out]

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      ‘(2) EARNED INCOME- The term ‘earned income’ has the meaning given such term by section 32(c)(2), except that such term shall not include net earnings from self-employment which are not taken into account in computing taxable income. For purposes of the preceding sentence, any amount excluded from gross income by reason of section 112 shall be treated as earned income which is taken into account in computing taxable income for the taxable year. [<-Struck out]

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    ‘(d) Termination- This section shall not apply to taxable years beginning after December 31, 2010.’. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (b) Treatment of Possessions- [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (1) PAYMENTS TO POSSESSIONS- [<-Struck out]

        [Struck out->] (A) MIRROR CODE POSSESSION- The Secretary of the Treasury shall pay to each possession of the United States with a mirror code tax system amounts equal to the loss to that possession by reason of the amendments made by this section with respect to taxable years beginning in 2009 and 2010. Such amounts shall be determined by the Secretary of the Treasury based on information provided by the government of the respective possession. [<-Struck out]

        [Struck out->] (B) OTHER POSSESSIONS- The Secretary of the Treasury shall pay to each possession of the United States which does not have a mirror code tax system amounts estimated by the Secretary of the Treasury as being equal to the aggregate benefits that would have been provided to residents of such possession by reason of the amendments made by this section for taxable years beginning in 2009 and 2010 if a mirror code tax system had been in effect in such possession. The preceding sentence shall not apply with respect to any possession of the United States unless such possession has a plan, which has been approved by the Secretary of the Treasury, under which such possession will promptly distribute such payments to the residents of such possession. [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (2) COORDINATION WITH CREDIT ALLOWED AGAINST UNITED STATES INCOME TAXES- No credit shall be allowed against United States income taxes for any taxable year under section 36A of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 (as added by this section) to any person-- [<-Struck out]

        [Struck out->] (A) to whom a credit is allowed against taxes imposed by the possession by reason of the amendments made by this section for such taxable year, or [<-Struck out]

        [Struck out->] (B) who is eligible for a payment under a plan described in paragraph (1)(B) with respect to such taxable year. [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (3) DEFINITIONS AND SPECIAL RULES- [<-Struck out]

        [Struck out->] (A) POSSESSION OF THE UNITED STATES- For purposes of this subsection, the term ‘possession of the United States’ includes the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands. [<-Struck out]

        [Struck out->] (B) MIRROR CODE TAX SYSTEM- For purposes of this subsection, the term ‘mirror code tax system’ means, with respect to any possession of the United States, the income tax system of such possession if the income tax liability of the residents of such possession under such system is determined by reference to the income tax laws of the United States as if such possession were the United States. [<-Struck out]

        [Struck out->] (C) TREATMENT OF PAYMENTS- For purposes of section 1324(b)(2) of title 31, United States Code, the payments under this subsection shall be treated in the same manner as a refund due from the credit allowed under section 36A of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 (as added by this section). [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (c) Refunds Disregarded in the Administration of Federal Programs and Federally Assisted Programs- Any credit or refund allowed or made to any individual by reason of section 36A of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 (as added by this section) or by reason of subsection (b) of this section shall not be taken into account as income and shall not be taken into account as resources for the month of receipt and the following 2 months, for purposes of determining the eligibility of such individual or any other individual for benefits or assistance, or the amount or extent of benefits or assistance, under any Federal program or under any State or local program financed in whole or in part with Federal funds. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (d) Conforming Amendments- [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (1) Section 6211(b)(4)(A) is amended by inserting ‘36A,’ after ‘36,’. [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (2) Section 1324(b)(2) of title 31, United States Code, is amended by inserting ‘36A,’ after ‘36,’. [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (3) The table of sections for subpart C of part IV of subchapter A of chapter 1 is amended by inserting after the item relating to section 36 the following new item: [<-Struck out]

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      ‘Sec. 36A. Making work pay credit.’. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (e) Effective Date- This section shall apply to taxable years beginning after December 31, 2008. [<-Struck out]

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Subtitle B--Additional Tax Relief for Families With Children

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[Struck out->] SEC. 1101. INCREASE IN EARNED INCOME TAX CREDIT. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (a) In General- Subsection (b) of section 32 is amended by adding at the end the following new paragraph: [<-Struck out]

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      ‘(3) SPECIAL RULES FOR 2009 AND 2010- In the case of any taxable year beginning in 2009 or 2010-- [<-Struck out]

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        ‘(A) INCREASED CREDIT PERCENTAGE FOR 3 OR MORE QUALIFYING CHILDREN- In the case of a taxpayer with 3 or more qualifying children, the credit percentage is 45 percent. [<-Struck out]

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        ‘(B) REDUCTION OF MARRIAGE PENALTY- [<-Struck out]

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          ‘(i) IN GENERAL- The dollar amount in effect under paragraph (2)(B) shall be $5,000. [<-Struck out]

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          ‘(ii) INFLATION ADJUSTMENT- In the case of any taxable year beginning in 2010, the $5,000 amount in clause (i) shall be increased by an amount equal to-- [<-Struck out]

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            ‘(I) such dollar amount, multiplied by [<-Struck out]

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            ‘(II) the cost of living adjustment determined under section 1(f)(3) for the calendar year in which the taxable year begins determined by substituting ‘calendar year 2008’ for ‘calendar year 1992’ in subparagraph (B) thereof. [<-Struck out]

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          ‘(iii) ROUNDING- Subparagraph (A) of subsection (j)(2) shall apply after taking into account any increase under clause (ii).’. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (b) Effective Date- The amendments made by this section shall apply to taxable years beginning after December 31, 2008. [<-Struck out]

[Struck out->] SEC. 1102. INCREASE OF REFUNDABLE PORTION OF CHILD CREDIT. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (a) In General- Paragraph (4) of section 24(d) is amended to read as follows: [<-Struck out]

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      ‘(4) SPECIAL RULE FOR 2009 AND 2010- Notwithstanding paragraph (3), in the case of any taxable year beginning in 2009 or 2010, the dollar amount in effect for such taxable year under paragraph (1)(B)(i) shall be zero.’. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (b) Effective Date- The amendments made by this section shall apply to taxable years beginning after December 31, 2008. [<-Struck out]

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Subtitle C--American Opportunity Tax Credit

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[Struck out->] SEC. 1201. AMERICAN OPPORTUNITY TAX CREDIT. [<-Struck out]

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    ‘(i) American Opportunity Tax Credit- In the case of any taxable year beginning in 2009 or 2010-- [<-Struck out]

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      ‘(1) INCREASE IN CREDIT- The Hope Scholarship Credit shall be an amount equal to the sum of-- [<-Struck out]

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        ‘(A) 100 percent of so much of the qualified tuition and related expenses paid by the taxpayer during the taxable year (for education furnished to the eligible student during any academic period beginning in such taxable year) as does not exceed $2,000, plus [<-Struck out]

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        ‘(B) 25 percent of such expenses so paid as exceeds $2,000 but does not exceed $4,000. [<-Struck out]

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      ‘(2) CREDIT ALLOWED FOR FIRST 4 YEARS OF POST-SECONDARY EDUCATION- Subparagraphs (A) and (C) of subsection (b)(2) shall be applied by substituting ‘4’ for ‘2’. [<-Struck out]

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      ‘(3) QUALIFIED TUITION AND RELATED EXPENSES TO INCLUDE REQUIRED COURSE MATERIALS- Subsection (f)(1)(A) shall be applied by substituting ‘tuition, fees, and course materials’ for ‘tuition and fees’. [<-Struck out]

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      ‘(4) INCREASE IN AGI LIMITS FOR HOPE SCHOLARSHIP CREDIT- In lieu of applying subsection (d) with respect to the Hope Scholarship Credit, such credit (determined without regard to this paragraph) shall be reduced (but not below zero) by the amount which bears the same ratio to such credit (as so determined) as-- [<-Struck out]

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        ‘(A) the excess of-- [<-Struck out]

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          ‘(i) the taxpayer’s modified adjusted gross income (as defined in subsection (d)(3)) for such taxable year, over [<-Struck out]

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          ‘(ii) $80,000 ($160,000 in the case of a joint return), bears to [<-Struck out]

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        ‘(B) $10,000 ($20,000 in the case of a joint return). [<-Struck out]

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      ‘(5) CREDIT ALLOWED AGAINST ALTERNATIVE MINIMUM TAX- In the case of a taxable year to which section 26(a)(2) does not apply, so much of the credit allowed under subsection (a) as is attributable to the Hope Scholarship Credit shall not exceed the excess of-- [<-Struck out]

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        ‘(A) the sum of the regular tax liability (as defined in section 26(b)) plus the tax imposed by section 55, over [<-Struck out]

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        ‘(B) the sum of the credits allowable under this subpart (other than this subsection and sections 23, 25D, and 30D) and section 27 for the taxable year. [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] Any reference in this section or section 24, 25, 26, 25B, 904, or 1400C to a credit allowable under this subsection shall be treated as a reference to so much of the credit allowable under subsection (a) as is attributable to the Hope Scholarship Credit. [<-Struck out]

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      ‘(6) PORTION OF CREDIT MADE REFUNDABLE- 40 percent of so much of the credit allowed under subsection (a) as is attributable to the Hope Scholarship Credit (determined after application of paragraph (4) and without regard to this paragraph and section 26(a)(2) or paragraph (5), as the case may be) shall be treated as a credit allowable under subpart C (and not allowed under subsection (a)). The preceding sentence shall not apply to any taxpayer for any taxable year if such taxpayer is a child to whom subsection (g) of section 1 applies for such taxable year. [<-Struck out]

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      ‘(7) COORDINATION WITH MIDWESTERN DISASTER AREA BENEFITS- In the case of a taxpayer with respect to whom section 702(a)(1)(B) of the Heartland Disaster Tax Relief Act of 2008 applies for any taxable year, such taxpayer may elect to waive the application of this subsection to such taxpayer for such taxable year.’. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (b) Conforming Amendments- [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (1) Section 24(b)(3)(B) is amended by inserting ‘25A(i),’ after ‘23,’. [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (2) Section 25(e)(1)(C)(ii) is amended by inserting ‘25A(i),’ after ‘24,’. [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (3) Section 26(a)(1) is amended by inserting ‘25A(i),’ after ‘24,’. [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (4) Section 25B(g)(2) is amended by inserting ‘25A(i),’ after ‘23,’. [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (5) Section 904(i) is amended by inserting ‘25A(i),’ after ‘24,’. [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (6) Section 1400C(d)(2) is amended by inserting ‘25A(i),’ after ‘24,’. [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (7) Section 1324(b)(2) of title 31, United States Code, is amended by inserting ‘25A,’ before ‘35’. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (c) Effective Date- The amendments made by this section shall apply to taxable years beginning after December 31, 2008. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (d) Application of EGTRRA Sunset- The amendment made by subsection (b)(1) shall be subject to title IX of the Economic Growth and Tax Relief Reconciliation Act of 2001 in the same manner as the provision of such Act to which such amendment relates. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (e) Treasury Studies Regarding Education Incentives- [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (1) STUDY REGARDING COORDINATION WITH NON-TAX EDUCATIONAL INCENTIVES- The Secretary of the Treasury, or the Secretary’s delegate, shall study how to coordinate the credit allowed under section 25A of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 with the Federal Pell Grant program under section 401 of the Higher Education Act of 1965. [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (2) STUDY REGARDING IMPOSITION OF COMMUNITY SERVICE REQUIREMENTS- The Secretary of the Treasury, or the Secretary’s delegate, shall study the feasibility of requiring students to perform community service as a condition of taking their tuition and related expenses into account under section 25A of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986. [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (3) REPORT- Not later than 1 year after the date of the enactment of this Act, the Secretary of the Treasury, or the Secretary’s delegate, shall report to Congress on the results of the studies conducted under this paragraph. [<-Struck out]

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Subtitle D--Housing Incentives

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[Struck out->] SEC. 1301. WAIVER OF REQUIREMENT TO REPAY FIRST-TIME HOMEBUYER CREDIT. [<-Struck out]

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        ‘(D) WAIVER OF RECAPTURE FOR PURCHASES IN 2009- In the case of any credit allowed with respect to the purchase of a principal residence after December 31, 2008, and before July 1, 2009-- [<-Struck out]

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          ‘(i) paragraph (1) shall not apply, and [<-Struck out]

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          ‘(ii) paragraph (2) shall apply only if the disposition or cessation described in paragraph (2) with respect to such residence occurs during the 36-month period beginning on the date of the purchase of such residence by the taxpayer.’. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (b) Conforming Amendment- Subsection (g) of section 36 is amended by striking ‘subsection (c)’ and inserting ‘subsections (c) and (f)(4)(D)’. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (c) Effective Date- The amendments made by this section shall apply to residences purchased after December 31, 2008. [<-Struck out]

[Struck out->] SEC. 1302. COORDINATION OF LOW-INCOME HOUSING CREDIT AND LOW-INCOME HOUSING GRANTS. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] Subsection (i) of section 42 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 is amended by adding at the end the following new paragraph: [<-Struck out]

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      ‘(9) COORDINATION WITH LOW-INCOME HOUSING GRANTS- [<-Struck out]

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        ‘(A) REDUCTION IN STATE HOUSING CREDIT CEILING FOR LOW-INCOME HOUSING GRANTS RECEIVED IN 2009- For purposes of this section, the amounts described in clauses (i) through (iv) of subsection (h)(3)(C) with respect to any State for 2009 shall each be reduced by so much of such amount as is taken into account in determining the amount of any grant to such State under section 1711 of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Tax Act of 2009. [<-Struck out]

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        ‘(B) SPECIAL RULE FOR BASIS- Basis of a qualified low-income building shall not be reduced by the amount of any grant described in subparagraph (A).’. [<-Struck out]

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Subtitle E--Tax Incentives for Business

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[Struck out->] PART 1--TEMPORARY INVESTMENT INCENTIVES [<-Struck out]

[Struck out->] SEC. 1401. SPECIAL ALLOWANCE FOR CERTAIN PROPERTY ACQUIRED DURING 2009. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (a) In General- Paragraph (2) of section 168(k) is amended-- [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (1) by striking ‘January 1, 2010’ and inserting ‘January 1, 2011’, and [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (2) by striking ‘January 1, 2009’ each place it appears and inserting ‘January 1, 2010’. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (b) Conforming Amendments- [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (1) The heading for subsection (k) of section 168 is amended by striking ‘January 1, 2009’ and inserting ‘January 1, 2010’. [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (2) The heading for clause (ii) of section 168(k)(2)(B) is amended by striking ‘PRE-JANUARY 1, 2009’ and inserting ‘PRE-JANUARY 1, 2010’. [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (3) Subparagraph (D) of section 168(k)(4) is amended-- [<-Struck out]

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        [Struck out->] (B) by redesignating clause (ii) as clause (v), and [<-Struck out]

        [Struck out->] (C) by inserting after clause (i) the following new clauses: [<-Struck out]

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          ‘(ii) ‘April 1, 2008’ shall be substituted for ‘January 1, 2008’ in subparagraph (A)(iii)(I) thereof, [<-Struck out]

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          ‘(iii) ‘January 1, 2009’ shall be substituted for ‘January 1, 2010’ each place it appears, [<-Struck out]

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          ‘(iv) ‘January 1, 2010’ shall be substituted for ‘January 1, 2011’ in subparagraph (A)(iv) thereof, and’. [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (4) Subparagraph (B) of section 168(l)(5) is amended by striking ‘January 1, 2009’ and inserting ‘January 1, 2010’. [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (5) Subparagraph (B) of section 1400N(d)(3) is amended by striking ‘January 1, 2009’ and inserting ‘January 1, 2010’. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (c) Effective Dates- [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (1) IN GENERAL- Except as provided in paragraph (2), the amendments made by this section shall apply to property placed in service after December 31, 2008, in taxable years ending after such date. [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (2) TECHNICAL AMENDMENT- Section 168(k)(4)(D)(ii) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as added by subsection (b)(3)(C), shall apply to taxable years ending after March 31, 2008. [<-Struck out]

[Struck out->] SEC. 1402. TEMPORARY INCREASE IN LIMITATIONS ON EXPENSING OF CERTAIN DEPRECIABLE BUSINESS ASSETS. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (a) In General- Paragraph (7) of section 179(b) is amended-- [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (1) by striking ‘2008’ and inserting ‘2008, or 2009’, and [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (2) by striking ‘2008’ in the heading thereof and inserting ‘2008, AND 2009’. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (b) Effective Date- The amendments made by this section shall apply to taxable years beginning after December 31, 2008. [<-Struck out]

[Struck out->] PART 2--5-YEAR CARRYBACK OF OPERATING LOSSES [<-Struck out]

[Struck out->] SEC. 1411. 5-YEAR CARRYBACK OF OPERATING LOSSES. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (a) In General- Subparagraph (H) of section 172(b)(1) is amended to read as follows: [<-Struck out]

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        ‘(H) CARRYBACK FOR 2008 AND 2009 NET OPERATING LOSSES- [<-Struck out]

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          ‘(i) IN GENERAL- In the case of an applicable 2008 or 2009 net operating loss with respect to which the taxpayer has elected the application of this subparagraph-- [<-Struck out]

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            ‘(I) such net operating loss shall be reduced by 10 percent of such loss (determined without regard to this subparagraph), [<-Struck out]

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            ‘(II) subparagraph (A)(i) shall be applied by substituting any whole number elected by the taxpayer which is more than 2 and less than 6 for ‘2’, [<-Struck out]

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            ‘(III) subparagraph (E)(ii) shall be applied by substituting the whole number which is one less than the whole number substituted under subclause (II) for ‘2’, and [<-Struck out]

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            ‘(IV) subparagraph (F) shall not apply. [<-Struck out]

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          ‘(ii) APPLICABLE 2008 OR 2009 NET OPERATING LOSS- For purposes of this subparagraph, the term ‘applicable 2008 or 2009 net operating loss’ means-- [<-Struck out]

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            ‘(I) the taxpayer’s net operating loss for any taxable year ending in 2008 or 2009, or [<-Struck out]

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            ‘(II) if the taxpayer elects to have this subclause apply in lieu of subclause (I), the taxpayer’s net operating loss for any taxable year beginning in 2008 or 2009. [<-Struck out]

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          ‘(iii) ELECTION- Any election under this subparagraph shall be made in such manner as may be prescribed by the Secretary, and shall be made by the due date (including extension of time) for filing the taxpayer’s return for the taxable year of the net operating loss. Any such election, once made, shall be irrevocable. [<-Struck out]

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          ‘(iv) COORDINATION WITH ALTERNATIVE TAX NET OPERATING LOSS DEDUCTION- In the case of a taxpayer who elects to have clause (ii)(II) apply, section 56(d)(1)(A)(ii) shall be applied by substituting ‘ending during 2001 or 2002 or beginning during 2008 or 2009’ for ‘ending during 2001, 2002, 2008, or 2009’.’. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (b) Alternative Tax Net Operating Loss Deduction- Subclause (I) of section 56(d)(1)(A)(ii) is amended to read as follows: [<-Struck out]

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            ‘(I) the amount of such deduction attributable to the sum of carrybacks of net operating losses from taxable years ending during 2001, 2002, 2008, or 2009 and carryovers of net operating losses to such taxable years, or’. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (c) Loss From Operations of Life Insurance Companies- Subsection (b) of section 810 is amended by adding at the end the following new paragraph: [<-Struck out]

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      ‘(4) CARRYBACK FOR 2008 AND 2009 LOSSES- [<-Struck out]

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        ‘(A) IN GENERAL- In the case of an applicable 2008 or 2009 loss from operations with respect to which the taxpayer has elected the application of this paragraph-- [<-Struck out]

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          ‘(i) such loss from operations shall be reduced by 10 percent of such loss (determined without regard to this paragraph), and [<-Struck out]

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          ‘(ii) paragraph (1)(A) shall be applied, at the election of the taxpayer, by substituting ‘5’ or ‘4’ for ‘3’. [<-Struck out]

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        ‘(B) APPLICABLE 2008 OR 2009 LOSS FROM OPERATIONS- For purposes of this paragraph, the term ‘applicable 2008 or 2009 loss from operations’ means-- [<-Struck out]

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          ‘(i) the taxpayer’s loss from operations for any taxable year ending in 2008 or 2009, or [<-Struck out]

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          ‘(ii) if the taxpayer elects to have this clause apply in lieu of clause (i), the taxpayer’s loss from operations for any taxable year beginning in 2008 or 2009. [<-Struck out]

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        ‘(C) ELECTION- Any election under this paragraph shall be made in such manner as may be prescribed by the Secretary, and shall be made by the due date (including extension of time) for filing the taxpayer’s return for the taxable year of the loss from operations. Any such election, once made, shall be irrevocable. [<-Struck out]

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        ‘(D) COORDINATION WITH ALTERNATIVE TAX NET OPERATING LOSS DEDUCTION- In the case of a taxpayer who elects to have subparagraph (B)(ii) apply, section 56(d)(1)(A)(ii) shall be applied by substituting ‘ending during 2001 or 2002 or beginning during 2008 or 2009’ for ‘ending during 2001, 2002, 2008, or 2009’.’. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (d) Conforming Amendment- Section 172 is amended by striking subsection (k). [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (e) Effective Date- [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (1) IN GENERAL- Except as otherwise provided in this subsection, the amendments made by this section shall apply to net operating losses arising in taxable years ending after December 31, 2007. [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (2) ALTERNATIVE TAX NET OPERATING LOSS DEDUCTION- The amendment made by subsection (b) shall apply to taxable years ending after 1997. [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (3) LOSS FROM OPERATIONS OF LIFE INSURANCE COMPANIES- The amendment made by subsection (d) shall apply to losses from operations arising in taxable years ending after December 31, 2007. [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (4) TRANSITIONAL RULE- In the case of a net operating loss (or, in the case of a life insurance company, a loss from operations) for a taxable year ending before the date of the enactment of this Act-- [<-Struck out]

        [Struck out->] (A) any election made under section 172(b)(3) or 810(b)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 with respect to such loss may (notwithstanding such section) be revoked before the applicable date, [<-Struck out]

        [Struck out->] (B) any election made under section 172(b)(1)(H) or 810(b)(4) of such Code with respect to such loss shall (notwithstanding such section) be treated as timely made if made before the applicable date, and [<-Struck out]

        [Struck out->] (C) any application under section 6411(a) of such Code with respect to such loss shall be treated as timely filed if filed before the applicable date. [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] For purposes of this paragraph, the term ‘applicable date’ means the date which is 60 days after the date of the enactment of this Act. [<-Struck out]

[Struck out->] SEC. 1412. EXCEPTION FOR TARP RECIPIENTS. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] The amendments made by this part shall not apply to-- [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (1) any taxpayer if-- [<-Struck out]

        [Struck out->] (A) the Federal Government acquires, at any time, an equity interest in the taxpayer pursuant to the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008, or [<-Struck out]

        [Struck out->] (B) the Federal Government acquires, at any time, any warrant (or other right) to acquire any equity interest with respect to the taxpayer pursuant to such Act, [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (2) the Federal National Mortgage Association and the Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation, and [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (3) any taxpayer which at any time in 2008 or 2009 is a member of the same affiliated group (as defined in section 1504 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, determined without regard to subsection (b) thereof) as a taxpayer described in paragraph (1) or (2). [<-Struck out]

[Struck out->] PART 3--INCENTIVES FOR NEW JOBS [<-Struck out]

[Struck out->] SEC. 1421. INCENTIVES TO HIRE UNEMPLOYED VETERANS AND DISCONNECTED YOUTH. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (a) In General- Subsection (d) of section 51 is amended by adding at the end the following new paragraph: [<-Struck out]

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      ‘(14) CREDIT ALLOWED FOR UNEMPLOYED VETERANS AND DISCONNECTED YOUTH HIRED IN 2009 OR 2010- [<-Struck out]

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        ‘(A) IN GENERAL- Any unemployed veteran or disconnected youth who begins work for the employer during 2009 or 2010 shall be treated as a member of a targeted group for purposes of this subpart. [<-Struck out]

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        ‘(B) DEFINITIONS- For purposes of this paragraph-- [<-Struck out]

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          ‘(i) UNEMPLOYED VETERAN- The term ‘unemployed veteran’ means any veteran (as defined in paragraph (3)(B), determined without regard to clause (ii) thereof) who is certified by the designated local agency as-- [<-Struck out]

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            ‘(I) having been discharged or released from active duty in the Armed Forces during 2008, 2009, or 2010, and [<-Struck out]

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            ‘(II) being in receipt of unemployment compensation under State or Federal law for not less than 4 weeks during the 1-year period ending on the hiring date. [<-Struck out]

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          ‘(ii) DISCONNECTED YOUTH- The term ‘disconnected youth’ means any individual who is certified by the designated local agency-- [<-Struck out]

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            ‘(I) as having attained age 16 but not age 25 on the hiring date, [<-Struck out]

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            ‘(II) as not regularly attending any secondary, technical, or post-secondary school during the 6-month period preceding the hiring date, [<-Struck out]

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            ‘(III) as not regularly employed during such 6-month period, and [<-Struck out]

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            ‘(IV) as not readily employable by reason of lacking a sufficient number of basic skills.’. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (b) Effective Date- The amendments made by this section shall apply to individuals who begin work for the employer after December 31, 2008. [<-Struck out]

[Struck out->] PART 4--CLARIFICATION OF REGULATIONS RELATED TO LIMITATIONS ON CERTAIN BUILT-IN LOSSES FOLLOWING AN OWNERSHIP CHANGE [<-Struck out]

[Struck out->] SEC. 1431. CLARIFICATION OF REGULATIONS RELATED TO LIMITATIONS ON CERTAIN BUILT-IN LOSSES FOLLOWING AN OWNERSHIP CHANGE. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (a) Findings- Congress finds as follows: [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (1) The delegation of authority to the Secretary of the Treasury under section 382(m) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 does not authorize the Secretary to provide exemptions or special rules that are restricted to particular industries or classes of taxpayers. [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (2) Internal Revenue Service Notice 2008-83 is inconsistent with the congressional intent in enacting such section 382(m). [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (3) The legal authority to prescribe Internal Revenue Service Notice 2008-83 is doubtful. [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (4) However, as taxpayers should generally be able to rely on guidance issued by the Secretary of the Treasury legislation is necessary to clarify the force and effect of Internal Revenue Service Notice 2008-83 and restore the proper application under the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 of the limitation on built-in losses following an ownership change of a bank. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (b) Determination of Force and Effect of Internal Revenue Service Notice 2008-83 Exempting Banks From Limitation on Certain Built-in Losses Following Ownership Change- [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (1) IN GENERAL- Internal Revenue Service Notice 2008-83-- [<-Struck out]

        [Struck out->] (A) shall be deemed to have the force and effect of law with respect to any ownership change (as defined in section 382(g) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986) occurring on or before January 16, 2009, and [<-Struck out]

        [Struck out->] (B) shall have no force or effect with respect to any ownership change after such date. [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (2) BINDING CONTRACTS- Notwithstanding paragraph (1), Internal Revenue Service Notice 2008-83 shall have the force and effect of law with respect to any ownership change (as so defined) which occurs after January 16, 2009 if such change-- [<-Struck out]

        [Struck out->] (A) is pursuant to a written binding contract entered into on or before such date, or [<-Struck out]

        [Struck out->] (B) is pursuant to a written agreement entered into on or before such date and such agreement was described on or before such date in a public announcement or in a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission required by reason of such ownership change. [<-Struck out]

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Subtitle F--Fiscal Relief for State and Local Governments

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[Struck out->] PART 1--IMPROVED MARKETABILITY FOR TAX-EXEMPT BONDS [<-Struck out]

[Struck out->] SEC. 1501. DE MINIMIS SAFE HARBOR EXCEPTION FOR TAX-EXEMPT INTEREST EXPENSE OF FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (a) In General- Subsection (b) of section 265 is amended by adding at the end the following new paragraph: [<-Struck out]

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      ‘(7) DE MINIMIS EXCEPTION FOR BONDS ISSUED DURING 2009 OR 2010- [<-Struck out]

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        ‘(A) IN GENERAL- In applying paragraph (2)(A), there shall not be taken into account tax-exempt obligations issued during 2009 or 2010. [<-Struck out]

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        ‘(B) LIMITATION- The amount of tax-exempt obligations not taken into account by reason of subparagraph (A) shall not exceed 2 percent of the amount determined under paragraph (2)(B). [<-Struck out]

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        ‘(C) REFUNDINGS- For purposes of this paragraph, a refunding bond (whether a current or advance refunding) shall be treated as issued on the date of the issuance of the refunded bond (or in the case of a series of refundings, the original bond).’. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (b) Treatment as Financial Institution Preference Item- Clause (iv) of section 291(e)(1)(B) is amended by adding at the end the following: ‘That portion of any obligation not taken into account under paragraph (2)(A) of section 265(b) by reason of paragraph (7) of such section shall be treated for purposes of this section as having been acquired on August 7, 1986.’. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (c) Effective Date- The amendments made by this section shall apply to obligations issued after December 31, 2008. [<-Struck out]

[Struck out->] SEC. 1502. MODIFICATION OF SMALL ISSUER EXCEPTION TO TAX-EXEMPT INTEREST EXPENSE ALLOCATION RULES FOR FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (a) In General- Paragraph (3) of section 265(b) (relating to exception for certain tax-exempt obligations) is amended by adding at the end the following new subparagraph: [<-Struck out]

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        ‘(G) SPECIAL RULES FOR OBLIGATIONS ISSUED DURING 2009 AND 2010- [<-Struck out]

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          ‘(i) INCREASE IN LIMITATION- In the case of obligations issued during 2009 or 2010, subparagraphs (C)(i), (D)(i), and (D)(iii)(II) shall each be applied by substituting ‘$30,000,000’ for ‘$10,000,000’. [<-Struck out]

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          ‘(ii) QUALIFIED 501(C)(3) BONDS TREATED AS ISSUED BY EXEMPT ORGANIZATION- In the case of a qualified 501(c)(3) bond (as defined in section 145) issued during 2009 or 2010, this paragraph shall be applied by treating the 501(c)(3) organization for whose benefit such bond was issued as the issuer. [<-Struck out]

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          ‘(iii) SPECIAL RULE FOR QUALIFIED FINANCINGS- In the case of a qualified financing issue issued during 2009 or 2010-- [<-Struck out]

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            ‘(I) subparagraph (F) shall not apply, and [<-Struck out]

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            ‘(II) any obligation issued as a part of such issue shall be treated as a qualified tax-exempt obligation if the requirements of this paragraph are met with respect to each qualified portion of the issue (determined by treating each qualified portion as a separate issue issued by the qualified borrower with respect to which such portion relates). [<-Struck out]

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          ‘(iv) QUALIFIED FINANCING ISSUE- For purposes of this subparagraph, the term ‘qualified financing issue’ means any composite, pooled, or other conduit financing issue the proceeds of which are used directly or indirectly to make or finance loans to one or more ultimate borrowers each of whom is a qualified borrower. [<-Struck out]

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          ‘(v) QUALIFIED PORTION- For purposes of this subparagraph, the term ‘qualified portion’ means that portion of the proceeds which are used with respect to each qualified borrower under the issue. [<-Struck out]

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          ‘(vi) QUALIFIED BORROWER- For purposes of this subparagraph, the term ‘qualified borrower’ means a borrower which is a State or political subdivision thereof or an organization described in section 501(c)(3) and exempt from taxation under section 501(a).’. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (b) Effective Date- The amendments made by this section shall apply to obligations issued after December 31, 2008. [<-Struck out]

[Struck out->] SEC. 1503. TEMPORARY MODIFICATION OF ALTERNATIVE MINIMUM TAX LIMITATIONS ON TAX-EXEMPT BONDS. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (a) Interest on Private Activity Bonds Issued During 2009 and 2010 Not Treated as Tax Preference Item- Subparagraph (C) of section 57(a)(5) is amended by adding at the end a new clause: [<-Struck out]

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          ‘(vi) EXCEPTION FOR BONDS ISSUED IN 2009 AND 2010- For purposes of clause (i), the term ‘private activity bond’ shall not include any bond issued after December 31, 2008, and before January 1, 2011. For purposes of the preceding sentence, a refunding bond (whether a current or advance refunding) shall be treated as issued on the date of the issuance of the refunded bond (or in the case of a series of refundings, the original bond).’. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (b) No Adjustment to Adjusted Current Earnings for Interest on Tax-Exempt Bonds Issued After 2008- Subparagraph (B) of section 56(g)(4) is amended by adding at the end the following new clause: [<-Struck out]

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          ‘(iv) TAX EXEMPT INTEREST ON BONDS ISSUED IN 2009 AND 2010- Clause (i) shall not apply in the case of any interest on a bond issued after December 31, 2008, and before January 1, 2011. For purposes of the preceding sentence, a refunding bond (whether a current or advance refunding) shall be treated as issued on the date of the issuance of the refunded bond (or in the case of a series of refundings, the original bond).’. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (c) Effective Date- The amendments made by this section shall apply to obligations issued after December 31, 2008. [<-Struck out]

[Struck out->] PART 2--TAX CREDIT BONDS FOR SCHOOLS [<-Struck out]

[Struck out->] SEC. 1511. QUALIFIED SCHOOL CONSTRUCTION BONDS. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (a) In General- Subpart I of part IV of subchapter A of chapter 1 is amended by adding at the end the following new section: [<-Struck out]

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‘SEC. 54F. QUALIFIED SCHOOL CONSTRUCTION BONDS. [<-Struck out]

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    ‘(a) Qualified School Construction Bond- For purposes of this subchapter, the term ‘qualified school construction bond’ means any bond issued as part of an issue if-- [<-Struck out]

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      ‘(1) 100 percent of the available project proceeds of such issue are to be used for the construction, rehabilitation, or repair of a public school facility or for the acquisition of land on which such a facility is to be constructed with part of the proceeds of such issue, [<-Struck out]

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      ‘(2) the bond is issued by a State or local government within the jurisdiction of which such school is located, and [<-Struck out]

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      ‘(3) the issuer designates such bond for purposes of this section. [<-Struck out]

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    ‘(b) Limitation on Amount of Bonds Designated- The maximum aggregate face amount of bonds issued during any calendar year which may be designated under subsection (a) by any issuer shall not exceed the sum of-- [<-Struck out]

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      ‘(1) the limitation amount allocated under subsection (d) for such calendar year to such issuer, and [<-Struck out]

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      ‘(2) if such issuer is a large local educational agency (as defined in subsection (e)(4)) or is issuing on behalf of such an agency, the limitation amount allocated under subsection (e) for such calendar year to such agency. [<-Struck out]

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    ‘(c) National Limitation on Amount of Bonds Designated- There is a national qualified school construction bond limitation for each calendar year. Such limitation is-- [<-Struck out]

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      ‘(1) $11,000,000,000 for 2009, [<-Struck out]

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      ‘(2) $11,000,000,000 for 2010, and [<-Struck out]

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      ‘(3) except as provided in subsection (f), zero after 2010. [<-Struck out]

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    ‘(d) 60 Percent of Limitation Allocated Among States- [<-Struck out]

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      ‘(1) IN GENERAL- 60 percent of the limitation applicable under subsection (c) for any calendar year shall be allocated by the Secretary among the States in proportion to the respective numbers of children in each State who have attained age 5 but not age 18 for the most recent fiscal year ending before such calendar year. The limitation amount allocated to a State under the preceding sentence shall be allocated by the State to issuers within such State. [<-Struck out]

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      ‘(2) MINIMUM ALLOCATIONS TO STATES- [<-Struck out]

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        ‘(A) IN GENERAL- The Secretary shall adjust the allocations under this subsection for any calendar year for each State to the extent necessary to ensure that the sum of-- [<-Struck out]

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          ‘(i) the amount allocated to such State under this subsection for such year, and [<-Struck out]

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          ‘(ii) the aggregate amounts allocated under subsection (e) to large local educational agencies in such State for such year, [<-Struck out]

        [Struck out->] is not less than an amount equal to such State’s adjusted minimum percentage of the amount to be allocated under paragraph (1) for the calendar year. [<-Struck out]

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        ‘(B) ADJUSTED MINIMUM PERCENTAGE- A State’s adjusted minimum percentage for any calendar year is the product of-- [<-Struck out]

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          ‘(i) the minimum percentage described in section 1124(d) of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (20 U.S.C. 6334(d)) for such State for the most recent fiscal year ending before such calendar year, multiplied by [<-Struck out]

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          ‘(ii) 1.68. [<-Struck out]

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      ‘(3) ALLOCATIONS TO CERTAIN POSSESSIONS- The amount to be allocated under paragraph (1) to any possession of the United States other than Puerto Rico shall be the amount which would have been allocated if all allocations under paragraph (1) were made on the basis of respective populations of individuals below the poverty line (as defined by the Office of Management and Budget). In making other allocations, the amount to be allocated under paragraph (1) shall be reduced by the aggregate amount allocated under this paragraph to possessions of the United States. [<-Struck out]

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      ‘(4) ALLOCATIONS FOR INDIAN SCHOOLS- In addition to the amounts otherwise allocated under this subsection, $200,000,000 for calendar year 2009, and $200,000,000 for calendar year 2010, shall be allocated by the Secretary of the Interior for purposes of the construction, rehabilitation, and repair of schools funded by the Bureau of Indian Affairs. In the case of amounts allocated under the preceding sentence, Indian tribal governments (as defined in section 7701(a)(40)) shall be treated as qualified issuers for purposes of this subchapter. [<-Struck out]

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    ‘(e) 40 Percent of Limitation Allocated Among Largest School Districts- [<-Struck out]

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      ‘(1) IN GENERAL- 40 percent of the limitation applicable under subsection (c) for any calendar year shall be allocated under paragraph (2) by the Secretary among local educational agencies which are large local educational agencies for such year. [<-Struck out]

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      ‘(2) ALLOCATION FORMULA- The amount to be allocated under paragraph (1) for any calendar year shall be allocated among large local educational agencies in proportion to the respective amounts each such agency received for Basic Grants under subpart 2 of part A of title I of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (20 U.S.C. 6331 et seq.) for the most recent fiscal year ending before such calendar year. [<-Struck out]

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      ‘(3) ALLOCATION OF UNUSED LIMITATION TO STATE- The amount allocated under this subsection to a large local educational agency for any calendar year may be reallocated by such agency to the State in which such agency is located for such calendar year. Any amount reallocated to a State under the preceding sentence may be allocated as provided in subsection (d)(1). [<-Struck out]

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      ‘(4) LARGE LOCAL EDUCATIONAL AGENCY- For purposes of this section, the term ‘large local educational agency’ means, with respect to a calendar year, any local educational agency if such agency is-- [<-Struck out]

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        ‘(A) among the 100 local educational agencies with the largest numbers of children aged 5 through 17 from families living below the poverty level, as determined by the Secretary using the most recent data available from the Department of Commerce that are satisfactory to the Secretary, or [<-Struck out]

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        ‘(B) 1 of not more than 25 local educational agencies (other than those described in subparagraph (A)) that the Secretary of Education determines (based on the most recent data available satisfactory to the Secretary) are in particular need of assistance, based on a low level of resources for school construction, a high level of enrollment growth, or such other factors as the Secretary deems appropriate. [<-Struck out]

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    ‘(f) Carryover of Unused Limitation- If for any calendar year-- [<-Struck out]

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      ‘(1) the amount allocated under subsection (d) to any State, exceeds [<-Struck out]

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      ‘(2) the amount of bonds issued during such year which are designated under subsection (a) pursuant to such allocation, [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] the limitation amount under such subsection for such State for the following calendar year shall be increased by the amount of such excess. A similar rule shall apply to the amounts allocated under subsection (d)(4) or (e).’. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (b) Conforming Amendments- [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (1) Paragraph (1) of section 54A(d) is amended by striking ‘or’ at the end of subparagraph (C), by inserting ‘or’ at the end of subparagraph (D), and by inserting after subparagraph (D) the following new subparagraph: [<-Struck out]

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        ‘(E) a qualified school construction bond,’. [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (2) Subparagraph (C) of section 54A(d)(2) is amended by striking ‘and’ at the end of clause (iii), by striking the period at the end of clause (iv) and inserting ‘, and’, and by adding at the end the following new clause: [<-Struck out]

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          ‘(v) in the case of a qualified school construction bond, a purpose specified in section 54F(a)(1).’. [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (3) The table of sections for subpart I of part IV of subchapter A of chapter 1 is amended by adding at the end the following new item: [<-Struck out]

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      ‘Sec. 54F. Qualified school construction bonds.’. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (c) Effective Date- The amendments made by this section shall apply to obligations issued after December 31, 2008. [<-Struck out]

[Struck out->] SEC. 1512. EXTENSION AND EXPANSION OF QUALIFIED ZONE ACADEMY BONDS. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (a) In General- Section 54E(c)(1) is amended by striking ‘and 2009’ and inserting ‘and $1,400,000,000 for 2009 and 2010’. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (b) Effective Date- The amendment made by this section shall apply to obligations issued after December 31, 2008. [<-Struck out]

[Struck out->] PART 3--TAXABLE BOND OPTION FOR GOVERNMENTAL BONDS [<-Struck out]

[Struck out->] SEC. 1521. TAXABLE BOND OPTION FOR GOVERNMENTAL BONDS. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (a) In General- Part IV of subchapter A of chapter 1 is amended by adding at the end the following new subpart: [<-Struck out]

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‘Subpart J--Taxable Bond Option for Governmental Bonds [<-Struck out]

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      ‘Sec. 54AA. Taxable bond option for governmental bonds. [<-Struck out]

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‘SEC. 54AA. TAXABLE BOND OPTION FOR GOVERNMENTAL BONDS. [<-Struck out]

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    ‘(a) In General- If a taxpayer holds a taxable governmental bond on one or more interest payment dates of the bond during any taxable year, there shall be allowed as a credit against the tax imposed by this chapter for the taxable year an amount equal to the sum of the credits determined under subsection (b) with respect to such dates. [<-Struck out]

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    ‘(b) Amount of Credit- The amount of the credit determined under this subsection with respect to any interest payment date for a taxable governmental bond is 35 percent of the amount of interest payable by the issuer with respect to such date. [<-Struck out]

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    ‘(c) Limitation Based on Amount of Tax- [<-Struck out]

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      ‘(1) IN GENERAL- The credit allowed under subsection (a) for any taxable year shall not exceed the excess of-- [<-Struck out]

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        ‘(A) the sum of the regular tax liability (as defined in section 26(b)) plus the tax imposed by section 55, over [<-Struck out]

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        ‘(B) the sum of the credits allowable under this part (other than subpart C and this subpart). [<-Struck out]

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      ‘(2) CARRYOVER OF UNUSED CREDIT- If the credit allowable under subsection (a) exceeds the limitation imposed by paragraph (1) for such taxable year, such excess shall be carried to the succeeding taxable year and added to the credit allowable under subsection (a) for such taxable year (determined before the application of paragraph (1) for such succeeding taxable year). [<-Struck out]

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    ‘(d) Taxable Governmental Bond- [<-Struck out]

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      ‘(1) IN GENERAL- For purposes of this section, the term ‘taxable governmental bond’ means any obligation (other than a private activity bond) if-- [<-Struck out]

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        ‘(A) the interest on such obligation would (but for this section) be excludable from gross income under section 103, and [<-Struck out]

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        ‘(B) the issuer makes an irrevocable election to have this section apply. [<-Struck out]

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      ‘(2) APPLICABLE RULES- For purposes of applying paragraph (1)-- [<-Struck out]

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        ‘(A) a taxable governmental bond shall not be treated as federally guaranteed by reason of the credit allowed under subsection (a) or section 6432, [<-Struck out]

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        ‘(B) the yield on a taxable governmental bond shall be determined without regard to the credit allowed under subsection (a), and [<-Struck out]

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        ‘(C) a bond shall not be treated as a taxable governmental bond if the issue price has more than a de minimis amount (determined under rules similar to the rules of section 1273(a)(3)) of premium over the stated principal amount of the bond. [<-Struck out]

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    ‘(e) Interest Payment Date- For purposes of this section, the term ‘interest payment date’ means any date on which the holder of record of the taxable governmental bond is entitled to a payment of interest under such bond. [<-Struck out]

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    ‘(f) Special Rules- [<-Struck out]

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      ‘(1) INTEREST ON TAXABLE GOVERNMENTAL BONDS INCLUDIBLE IN GROSS INCOME FOR FEDERAL INCOME TAX PURPOSES- For purposes of this title, interest on any taxable governmental bond shall be includible in gross income. [<-Struck out]

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      ‘(2) APPLICATION OF CERTAIN RULES- Rules similar to the rules of subsections (f), (g), (h), and (i) of section 54A shall apply for purposes of the credit allowed under subsection (a). [<-Struck out]

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    ‘(g) Special Rule for Qualified Bonds Issued Before 2011- In the case of a qualified bond issued before January 1, 2011-- [<-Struck out]

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      ‘(1) ISSUER ALLOWED REFUNDABLE CREDIT- In lieu of any credit allowed under this section with respect to such bond, the issuer of such bond shall be allowed a credit as provided in section 6432. [<-Struck out]

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      ‘(2) QUALIFIED BOND- For purposes of this subsection, the term ‘qualified bond’ means any taxable governmental bond issued as part of an issue if-- [<-Struck out]

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        ‘(A) 100 percent of the available project proceeds (as defined in section 54A) of such issue are to be used for capital expenditures, and [<-Struck out]

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        ‘(B) the issuer makes an irrevocable election to have this subsection apply. [<-Struck out]

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    ‘(h) Regulations- The Secretary may prescribe such regulations and other guidance as may be necessary or appropriate to carry out this section and section 6432.’. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (b) Credit for Qualified Bonds Issued Before 2011- Subchapter B of chapter 65, as amended by this Act, is amended by adding at the end the following new section: [<-Struck out]

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‘SEC. 6432. CREDIT FOR QUALIFIED BONDS ALLOWED TO ISSUER. [<-Struck out]

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    ‘(a) In General- In the case of a qualified bond issued before January 1, 2011, the issuer of such bond shall be allowed a credit with respect to each interest payment under such bond which shall be payable by the Secretary as provided in subsection (b). [<-Struck out]

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    ‘(b) Payment of Credit- The Secretary shall pay (contemporaneously with each interest payment date under such bond) to the issuer of such bond (or to any person who makes such interest payments on behalf of the issuer) 35 percent of the interest payable under such bond on such date. [<-Struck out]

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    ‘(c) Application of Arbitrage Rules- For purposes of section 148, the yield on a qualified bond shall be reduced by the credit allowed under this section. [<-Struck out]

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    ‘(d) Interest Payment Date- For purposes of this subsection, the term ‘interest payment date’ means each date on which interest is payable by the issuer under the terms of the bond. [<-Struck out]

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    ‘(e) Qualified Bond- For purposes of this subsection, the term ‘qualified bond’ has the meaning given such term in section 54AA(h).’. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (c) Conforming Amendments- [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (1) Section 1324(b)(2) of title 31, United States Code, is amended by striking ‘or 6428’ and inserting ‘6428, or 6432,’. [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (2) Section 54A(c)(1)(B) is amended by striking ‘subpart C’ and inserting ‘subparts C and J’. [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (3) Sections 54(c)(2), 1397E(c)(2), and 1400N(l)(3)(B) are each amended by striking ‘and I’ and inserting ‘, I, and J’. [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (4) Section 6401(b)(1) is amended by striking ‘and I’ and inserting ‘I, and J’. [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (5) The table of subparts for part IV of subchapter A of chapter 1 is amended by adding at the end the following new item: [<-Struck out]

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      ‘Subpart J. Taxable bond option for governmental bonds.’. [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (6) The table of sections for subchapter B of chapter 65, as amended by this Act, is amended by adding at the end the following new item: [<-Struck out]

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      ‘Sec. 6432. Credit for qualified bonds allowed to issuer on advance basis.’. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (d) Transitional Coordination With State Law- Except as otherwise provided by a State after the date of the enactment of this Act, the interest on any taxable governmental bond (as defined in section 54AA of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as added by this section) and the amount of any credit determined under such section with respect to such bond shall be treated for purposes of the income tax laws of such State as being exempt from Federal income tax. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (e) Effective Date- The amendments made by this section shall apply to obligations issued after the date of the enactment of this Act. [<-Struck out]

[Struck out->] PART 4--RECOVERY ZONE BONDS [<-Struck out]

[Struck out->] SEC. 1531. RECOVERY ZONE BONDS. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (a) In General- Subchapter Y of chapter 1 is amended by adding at the end the following new part: [<-Struck out]

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‘PART III--RECOVERY ZONE BONDS [<-Struck out]

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      ‘Sec. 1400U-1. Allocation of recovery zone bonds. [<-Struck out]

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      ‘Sec. 1400U-2. Recovery zone economic development bonds. [<-Struck out]

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      ‘Sec. 1400U-3. Recovery zone facility bonds. [<-Struck out]

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‘SEC. 1400U-1. ALLOCATION OF RECOVERY ZONE BONDS. [<-Struck out]

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    ‘(a) Allocations- [<-Struck out]

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      ‘(1) IN GENERAL- The Secretary shall allocate the national recovery zone economic development bond limitation and the national recovery zone facility bond limitation among the States in the proportion that each such State’s 2008 State employment decline bears to the aggregate of the 2008 State employment declines for all of the States. [<-Struck out]

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      ‘(2) 2008 STATE EMPLOYMENT DECLINE- For purposes of this subsection, the term ‘2008 State employment decline’ means, with respect to any State, the excess (if any) of-- [<-Struck out]

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        ‘(A) the number of individuals employed in such State determined for December 2007, over [<-Struck out]

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        ‘(B) the number of individuals employed in such State determined for December 2008. [<-Struck out]

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      ‘(3) ALLOCATIONS BY STATES- [<-Struck out]

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        ‘(A) IN GENERAL- Each State with respect to which an allocation is made under paragraph (1) shall reallocate such allocation among the counties and large municipalities in such State in the proportion the each such county’s or municipality’s 2008 employment decline bears to the aggregate of the 2008 employment declines for all the counties and municipalities in such State. [<-Struck out]

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        ‘(B) LARGE MUNICIPALITIES- For purposes of subparagraph (A), the term ‘large municipality’ means a municipality with a population of more than 100,000. [<-Struck out]

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        ‘(C) DETERMINATION OF LOCAL EMPLOYMENT DECLINES- For purposes of this paragraph, the employment decline of any municipality or county shall be determined in the same manner as determining the State employment decline under paragraph (2), except that in the case of a municipality any portion of which is in a county, such portion shall be treated as part of such municipality and not part of such county. [<-Struck out]

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      ‘(4) NATIONAL LIMITATIONS- [<-Struck out]

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        ‘(A) RECOVERY ZONE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT BONDS- There is a national recovery zone economic development bond limitation of $10,000,000,000. [<-Struck out]

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        ‘(B) RECOVERY ZONE FACILITY BONDS- There is a national recovery zone facility bond limitation of $15,000,000,000. [<-Struck out]

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    ‘(b) Recovery Zone- For purposes of this part, the term ‘recovery zone’ means-- [<-Struck out]

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      ‘(1) any area designated by the issuer as having significant poverty, unemployment, home foreclosures, or general distress, and [<-Struck out]

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      ‘(2) any area for which a designation as an empowerment zone or renewal community is in effect. [<-Struck out]

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‘SEC. 1400U-2. RECOVERY ZONE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT BONDS. [<-Struck out]

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    ‘(a) In General- In the case of a recovery zone economic development bond-- [<-Struck out]

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      ‘(1) such bond shall be treated as a qualified bond for purposes of section 6432, and [<-Struck out]

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      ‘(2) subsection (b) of such section shall be applied by substituting ‘55 percent’ for ‘35 percent’. [<-Struck out]

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    ‘(b) Recovery Zone Economic Development Bond- [<-Struck out]

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      ‘(1) IN GENERAL- For purposes of this section, the term ‘recovery zone economic development bond’ means any taxable governmental bond (as defined in section 54AA(d)) issued before January 1, 2011, as part of issue if-- [<-Struck out]

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        ‘(A) 100 percent of the available project proceeds (as defined in section 54A) of such issue are to be used for one or more qualified economic development purposes, and [<-Struck out]

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        ‘(B) the issuer designates such bond for purposes of this section. [<-Struck out]

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      ‘(2) LIMITATION ON AMOUNT OF BONDS DESIGNATED- The maximum aggregate face amount of bonds which may be designated by any issuer under paragraph (1) shall not exceed the amount of the recovery zone economic development bond limitation allocated to such issuer under section 1400U-1. [<-Struck out]

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    ‘(c) Qualified Economic Development Purpose- For purposes of this section, the term ‘qualified economic development purpose’ means expenditures for purposes of promoting development or other economic activity in a recovery zone, including-- [<-Struck out]

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      ‘(1) capital expenditures paid or incurred with respect to property located in such zone, [<-Struck out]

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      ‘(2) expenditures for public infrastructure and construction of public facilities, and [<-Struck out]

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      ‘(3) expenditures for job training and educational programs. [<-Struck out]

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    ‘(a) In General- For purposes of part IV of subchapter B (relating to tax exemption requirements for State and local bonds), the term ‘exempt facility bond’ includes any recovery zone facility bond. [<-Struck out]

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    ‘(b) Recovery Zone Facility Bond- [<-Struck out]

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      ‘(1) IN GENERAL- For purposes of this section, the term ‘recovery zone facility bond’ means any bond issued as part of an issue if-- [<-Struck out]

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        ‘(A) 95 percent or more of the net proceeds (as defined in section 150(a)(3)) of such issue are to be used for recovery zone property, [<-Struck out]

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        ‘(B) such bond is issued before January 1, 2011, and [<-Struck out]

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        ‘(C) the issuer designates such bond for purposes of this section. [<-Struck out]

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      ‘(2) LIMITATION ON AMOUNT OF BONDS DESIGNATED- The maximum aggregate face amount of bonds which may be designated by any issuer under paragraph (1) shall not exceed the amount of recovery zone facility bond limitation allocated to such issuer under section 1400U-1. [<-Struck out]

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    ‘(c) Recovery Zone Property- For purposes of this section-- [<-Struck out]

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      ‘(1) IN GENERAL- The term ‘recovery zone property’ means any property to which section 168 applies (or would apply but for section 179) if-- [<-Struck out]

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        ‘(A) such property was acquired by the taxpayer by purchase (as defined in section 179(d)(2)) after the date on which the designation of the recovery zone took effect, [<-Struck out]

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        ‘(B) the original use of which in the recovery zone commences with the taxpayer, and [<-Struck out]

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        ‘(C) substantially all of the use of which is in the recovery zone and is in the active conduct of a qualified business by the taxpayer in such zone. [<-Struck out]

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      ‘(2) QUALIFIED BUSINESS- The term ‘qualified business’ means any trade or business except that-- [<-Struck out]

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        ‘(A) the rental to others of real property located in a recovery zone shall be treated as a qualified business only if the property is not residential rental property (as defined in section 168(e)(2)), and [<-Struck out]

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        ‘(B) such term shall not include any trade or business consisting of the operation of any facility described in section 144(c)(6)(B). [<-Struck out]

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      ‘(3) SPECIAL RULES FOR SUBSTANTIAL RENOVATIONS AND SALE-LEASEBACK- Rules similar to the rules of subsections (a)(2) and (b) of section 1397D shall apply for purposes of this subsection. [<-Struck out]

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    ‘(d) Nonapplication of Certain Rules- Sections 146 (relating to volume cap) and 147(d) (relating to acquisition of existing property not permitted) shall not apply to any recovery zone facility bond.’. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (b) Clerical Amendment- The table of parts for subchapter Y of chapter 1 of such Code is amended by adding at the end the following new item: [<-Struck out]

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‘Part III. Recovery Zone Bonds.’. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (c) Effective Date- The amendments made by this section shall apply to obligations issued after the date of the enactment of this Act. [<-Struck out]

[Struck out->] SEC. 1532. TRIBAL ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT BONDS. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (a) In General- Section 7871 is amended by adding at the end the following new subsection: [<-Struck out]

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    ‘(f) Tribal Economic Development Bonds- [<-Struck out]

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      ‘(1) ALLOCATION OF LIMITATION- [<-Struck out]

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        ‘(A) IN GENERAL- The Secretary shall allocate the national tribal economic development bond limitation among the Indian tribal governments in such manner as the Secretary, in consultation with the Secretary of the Interior, determines appropriate. [<-Struck out]

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        ‘(B) NATIONAL LIMITATION- There is a national tribal economic development bond limitation of $2,000,000,000. [<-Struck out]

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      ‘(2) BONDS TREATED AS EXEMPT FROM TAX- In the case of a tribal economic development bond-- [<-Struck out]

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        ‘(A) notwithstanding subsection (c), such bond shall be treated for purposes of this title in the same manner as if such bond were issued by a State, and [<-Struck out]

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        ‘(B) section 146 shall not apply. [<-Struck out]

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      ‘(3) TRIBAL ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT BOND- [<-Struck out]

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        ‘(A) IN GENERAL- For purposes of this section, the term ‘tribal economic development bond’ means any bond issued by an Indian tribal government-- [<-Struck out]

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          ‘(i) the interest on which is not exempt from tax under section 103 by reason of subsection (c) (determined without regard to this subsection) but would be so exempt if issued by a State or local government, and [<-Struck out]

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          ‘(ii) which is designated by the Indian tribal government as a tribal economic development bond for purposes of this subsection. [<-Struck out]

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        ‘(B) EXCEPTIONS- The term tribal economic development bond shall not include any bond issued as part of an issue if any portion of the proceeds of such issue are used to finance-- [<-Struck out]

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          ‘(i) any portion of a building in which class II or class III gaming (as defined in section 4 of the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act) is conducted or housed or any other property actually used in the conduct of such gaming, or [<-Struck out]

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          ‘(ii) any facility located outside the Indian reservation (as defined in section 168(j)(6)). [<-Struck out]

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        ‘(C) LIMITATION ON AMOUNT OF BONDS DESIGNATED- The maximum aggregate face amount of bonds which may be designated by any Indian tribal government under subparagraph (A) shall not exceed the amount of national tribal economic development bond limitation allocated to such government under paragraph (1).’. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (b) Study- The Secretary of the Treasury, or the Secretary’s delegate, shall conduct a study of the effects of the amendment made by subsection (a). Not later than 1 year after the date of the enactment of this Act, the Secretary of the Treasury, or the Secretary’s delegate, shall report to Congress on the results of the studies conducted under this paragraph, including the Secretary’s recommendations regarding such amendment. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (c) Effective Date- The amendment made by subsection (a) shall apply to obligations issued after the date of the enactment of this Act. [<-Struck out]

[Struck out->] PART 5--REPEAL OF WITHHOLDING TAX ON GOVERNMENT CONTRACTORS [<-Struck out]

[Struck out->] SEC. 1541. REPEAL OF WITHHOLDING TAX ON GOVERNMENT CONTRACTORS. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] Section 3402 is amended by striking subsection (t). [<-Struck out]

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Subtitle G--Energy Incentives

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[Struck out->] PART 1--RENEWABLE ENERGY INCENTIVES [<-Struck out]

[Struck out->] SEC. 1601. EXTENSION OF CREDIT FOR ELECTRICITY PRODUCED FROM CERTAIN RENEWABLE RESOURCES. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (a) In General- Subsection (d) of section 45 is amended-- [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (1) by striking ‘2010’ in paragraph (1) and inserting ‘2013’, [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (2) by striking ‘2011’ each place it appears in paragraphs (2), (3), (4), (6), (7) and (9) and inserting ‘2014’, and [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (3) by striking ‘2012’ in paragraph (11)(B) and inserting ‘2014’. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (b) Technical Amendment- Paragraph (5) of section 45(d) is amended by striking ‘and before’ and all that follows and inserting ‘ and before October 3, 2008.’. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (c) Effective Date- [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (1) IN GENERAL- The amendments made by subsection (a) shall apply to property placed in service after the date of the enactment of this Act. [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (2) TECHNICAL AMENDMENT- The amendment made by subsection (b) shall take effect as if included in section 102 of the Energy Improvement and Extension Act of 2008. [<-Struck out]

[Struck out->] SEC. 1602. ELECTION OF INVESTMENT CREDIT IN LIEU OF PRODUCTION CREDIT. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (a) In General- Subsection (a) of section 48 is amended by adding at the end the following new paragraph: [<-Struck out]

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      ‘(5) ELECTION TO TREAT QUALIFIED FACILITIES AS ENERGY PROPERTY- [<-Struck out]

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        ‘(A) IN GENERAL- In the case of any qualified investment credit facility placed in service in 2009 or 2010-- [<-Struck out]

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          ‘(i) such facility shall be treated as energy property for purposes of this section, and [<-Struck out]

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          ‘(ii) the energy percentage with respect to such property shall be 30 percent. [<-Struck out]

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        ‘(B) DENIAL OF PRODUCTION CREDIT- No credit shall be allowed under section 45 for any taxable year with respect to any qualified investment credit facility. [<-Struck out]

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        ‘(C) QUALIFIED INVESTMENT CREDIT FACILITY- For purposes of this paragraph, the term ‘qualified investment credit facility’ means any facility described in paragraph (1), (2), (3), (4), (6), (7), (9), or (11) of section 45(d) if no credit has been allowed under section 45 with respect to such facility and the taxpayer makes an irrevocable election to have this paragraph apply to such facility.’. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (b) Effective Date- The amendments made by this section shall apply to facilities placed in service after December 31, 2008. [<-Struck out]

[Struck out->] SEC. 1603. REPEAL OF CERTAIN LIMITATIONS ON CREDIT FOR RENEWABLE ENERGY PROPERTY. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (a) Repeal of Limitation on Credit for Qualified Small Wind Energy Property- Paragraph (4) of section 48(c) is amended by striking subparagraph (B) and by redesignating subparagraphs (C) and (D) as subparagraphs (B) and (C). [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (b) Repeal of Limitation on Property Financed by Subsidized Energy Financing- [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (1) IN GENERAL- Subsection (a) of section 48 is amended by striking paragraph (4). [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (2) CONFORMING AMENDMENTS- [<-Struck out]

        [Struck out->] (A) Section 25C(e)(1) is amended by striking ‘(8), and (9)’ and inserting ‘and (8)’. [<-Struck out]

        [Struck out->] (B) Section 25D(e) is amended by striking paragraph (9). [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (c) Effective Date- [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (1) IN GENERAL- Except as provided in paragraph (2),the amendment made by this section shall apply to periods after December 31, 2008, under rules similar to the rules of section 48(m) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 (as in effect on the day before the date of the enactment of the Revenue Reconciliation Act of 1990). [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (2) CONFORMING AMENDMENTS- The amendments made by subsection (b)(2) shall apply to taxable years beginning after December 31, 2008. [<-Struck out]

[Struck out->] SEC. 1604. COORDINATION WITH RENEWABLE ENERGY GRANTS. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] Section 48 is amended by adding at the end the following new subsection: [<-Struck out]

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    ‘(d) Coordination With Department of Energy Grants- In the case of any property with respect to which the Secretary of Energy makes a grant under section 1721 of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Tax Act of 2009-- [<-Struck out]

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      ‘(1) DENIAL OF PRODUCTION AND INVESTMENT CREDITS- No credit shall be determined under this section or section 45 with respect to such property for the taxable year in which such grant is made or any subsequent taxable year. [<-Struck out]

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      ‘(2) RECAPTURE OF CREDITS FOR PROGRESS EXPENDITURES MADE BEFORE GRANT- If a credit was determined under this section with respect to such property for any taxable year ending before such grant is made-- [<-Struck out]

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        ‘(A) the tax imposed under subtitle A on the taxpayer for the taxable year in which such grant is made shall be increased by so much of such credit as was allowed under section 38, [<-Struck out]

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        ‘(B) the general business carryforwards under section 39 shall be adjusted so as to recapture the portion of such credit which was not so allowed, and [<-Struck out]

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        ‘(C) the amount of such grant shall be determined without regard to any reduction in the basis of such property by reason of such credit. [<-Struck out]

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      ‘(3) TREATMENT OF GRANTS- Any such grant shall-- [<-Struck out]

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        ‘(A) not be includible in the gross income of the taxpayer, but [<-Struck out]

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        ‘(B) shall be taken into account in determining the basis of the property to which such grant relates, except that the basis of such property shall be reduced under section 50(c) in the same manner as a credit allowed under subsection (a).’. [<-Struck out]

[Struck out->] PART 2--INCREASED ALLOCATIONS OF NEW CLEAN RENEWABLE ENERGY BONDS AND QUALIFIED ENERGY CONSERVATION BONDS [<-Struck out]

[Struck out->] SEC. 1611. INCREASED LIMITATION ON ISSUANCE OF NEW CLEAN RENEWABLE ENERGY BONDS. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] Subsection (c) of section 54C is amended by adding at the end the following new paragraph: [<-Struck out]

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      ‘(4) ADDITIONAL LIMITATION- The national new clean renewable energy bond limitation shall be increased by $1,600,000,000. Such increase shall be allocated by the Secretary consistent with the rules of paragraphs (2) and (3).’. [<-Struck out]

[Struck out->] SEC. 1612. INCREASED LIMITATION AND EXPANSION OF QUALIFIED ENERGY CONSERVATION BONDS. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (a) Increased Limitation- Subsection (e) of section 54D is amended by adding at the end the following new paragraph: [<-Struck out]

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      ‘(4) ADDITIONAL LIMITATION- The national qualified energy conservation bond limitation shall be increased by $2,400,000,000. Such increase shall be allocated by the Secretary consistent with the rules of paragraphs (1), (2), and (3).’. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (b) Loans and Grants to Implement Green Community Programs- [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (1) IN GENERAL- Subparagraph (A) of section 54D(f)(1) is amended by inserting ‘(or loans or grants for capital expenditures to implement any green community program)’ after ‘Capital expenditures’. [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (2) BONDS TO IMPLEMENT GREEN COMMUNITY PROGRAMS NOT TREATED AS PRIVATE ACTIVITY BONDS FOR PURPOSES OF LIMITATIONS ON QUALIFIED ENERGY CONSERVATION BONDS - Subsection (e) of section 54D is amended by adding at the end the following new paragraph: [<-Struck out]

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      ‘(4) BONDS TO IMPLEMENT GREEN COMMUNITY PROGRAMS NOT TREATED AS PRIVATE ACTIVITY BONDS- For purposes of paragraph (3) and subsection (f)(2), a bond shall not be treated as a private activity bond solely because proceeds of the issue of which such bond is a part are to be used for loans or grants for capital expenditures to implement any green community program.’. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (c) Effective Date- The amendments made by this section shall apply to obligations issued after the date of the enactment of this Act. [<-Struck out]

[Struck out->] PART 3--ENERGY CONSERVATION INCENTIVES [<-Struck out]

[Struck out->] SEC. 1621. EXTENSION AND MODIFICATION OF CREDIT FOR NONBUSINESS ENERGY PROPERTY. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (a) In General- Section 25C is amended by striking subsections (a) and (b) and inserting the following new subsections: [<-Struck out]

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    ‘(a) Allowance of Credit- In the case of an individual, there shall be allowed as a credit against the tax imposed by this chapter for the taxable year an amount equal to 30 percent of the sum of-- [<-Struck out]

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      ‘(1) the amount paid or incurred by the taxpayer during such taxable year for qualified energy efficiency improvements, and [<-Struck out]

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      ‘(2) the amount of the residential energy property expenditures paid or incurred by the taxpayer during such taxable year. [<-Struck out]

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    ‘(b) Limitation- The aggregate amount of the credits allowed under this section for taxable years beginning in 2009 and 2010 with respect to any taxpayer shall not exceed $1,500.’. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (b) Extension- Section 25C(g)(2) is amended by striking ‘December 31, 2009’ and inserting ‘December 31, 2010’. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (c) Effective Date- The amendments made by this section shall apply to taxable years beginning after December 31, 2008. [<-Struck out]

[Struck out->] SEC. 1622. MODIFICATION OF CREDIT FOR RESIDENTIAL ENERGY EFFICIENT PROPERTY. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (a) Removal of Credit Limitation for Property Placed in Service- [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (1) IN GENERAL- Paragraph (1) of section 25D(b) is amended to read as follows: [<-Struck out]

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      ‘(1) MAXIMUM CREDIT FOR FUEL CELLS- In the case of any qualified fuel cell property expenditure, the credit allowed under subsection (a) (determined without regard to subsection (c)) for any taxable year shall not exceed $500 with respect to each half kilowatt of capacity of the qualified fuel cell property (as defined in section 48(c)(1)) to which such expenditure relates.’. [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (2) CONFORMING AMENDMENT- Paragraph (4) of section 25D(e) is amended-- [<-Struck out]

        [Struck out->] (A) by striking all that precedes subparagraph (B) and inserting the following: [<-Struck out]

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      ‘(4) FUEL CELL EXPENDITURE LIMITATIONS IN CASE OF JOINT OCCUPANCY- In the case of any dwelling unit with respect to which qualified fuel cell property expenditures are made and which is jointly occupied and used during any calendar year as a residence by two or more individuals the following rules shall apply: [<-Struck out]

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        ‘(A) MAXIMUM EXPENDITURES FOR FUEL CELLS- The maximum amount of such expenditures which may be taken into account under subsection (a) by all such individuals with respect to such dwelling unit during such calendar year shall be $1,667 in the case of each half kilowatt of capacity of qualified fuel cell property (as defined in section 48(c)(1)) with respect to which such expenditures relate.’, and [<-Struck out]

        [Struck out->] (B) by striking subparagraph (C). [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (b) Effective Date- The amendments made by this section shall apply to taxable years beginning after December 31, 2008. [<-Struck out]

[Struck out->] SEC. 1623. TEMPORARY INCREASE IN CREDIT FOR ALTERNATIVE FUEL VEHICLE REFUELING PROPERTY. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (a) In General- Section 30C(e) is amended by adding at the end the following new paragraph: [<-Struck out]

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      ‘(6) SPECIAL RULE FOR PROPERTY PLACED IN SERVICE DURING 2009 AND 2010- In the case of property placed in service in taxable years beginning after December 31, 2008, and before January 1, 2011-- [<-Struck out]

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        ‘(A) in the case of any such property which does not relate to hydrogen-- [<-Struck out]

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          ‘(i) subsection (a) shall be applied by substituting ‘50 percent’ for ‘30 percent’, [<-Struck out]

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          ‘(ii) subsection (b)(1) shall be applied by substituting ‘$50,000’ for ‘$30,000’, and [<-Struck out]

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          ‘(iii) subsection (b)(2) shall be applied by substituting ‘$2,000’ for ‘$1,000’, and [<-Struck out]

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        ‘(B) in the case of any such property which relates to hydrogen, subsection (b) shall be applied by substituting ‘$200,000’ for ‘$30,000’.’. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (b) Effective Date- The amendment made by this section shall apply to taxable years beginning after December 31, 2008. [<-Struck out]

[Struck out->] PART 4--ENERGY RESEARCH INCENTIVES [<-Struck out]

[Struck out->] SEC. 1631. INCREASED RESEARCH CREDIT FOR ENERGY RESEARCH. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (a) In General- Section 41 is amended by redesignating subsection (h) as subsection (i) and by inserting after subsection (g) the following new subsection: [<-Struck out]

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    ‘(h) Energy Research Credit- In the case of any taxable year beginning in 2009 or 2010-- [<-Struck out]

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      ‘(1) IN GENERAL- The credit determined under subsection (a)(1) shall be increased by 20 percent of the qualified energy research expenses for the taxable year. [<-Struck out]

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      ‘(2) QUALIFIED ENERGY RESEARCH EXPENSES- For purposes of this subsection, the term ‘qualified energy research expenses’ means so much of the taxpayer’s qualified research expenses as are related to the fields of fuel cells and battery technology, renewable energy, energy conservation technology, efficient transmission and distribution of electricity, and carbon capture and sequestration. [<-Struck out]

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      ‘(3) COORDINATION WITH OTHER RESEARCH CREDITS- [<-Struck out]

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        ‘(A) INCREMENTAL CREDIT- The amount of qualified energy research expenses taken into account under subsection (a)(1)(A) shall not exceed the base amount. [<-Struck out]

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        ‘(B) ALTERNATIVE SIMPLIFIED CREDIT- For purposes of subsection (c)(5), the amount of qualified energy research expenses taken into account for the taxable year for which the credit is being determined shall not exceed-- [<-Struck out]

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          ‘(i) in the case of subsection (c)(5)(A), 50 percent of the average qualified research expenses for the 3 taxable years preceding the taxable year for which the credit is being determined, and [<-Struck out]

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          ‘(ii) in the case of subsection (c)(5)(B)(ii), zero. [<-Struck out]

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        ‘(C) BASIC RESEARCH AND ENERGY RESEARCH CONSORTIUM PAYMENTS- Any amount taken into account under paragraph (1) shall not be taken into account under paragraph (2) or (3) of subsection (a).’. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (b) Conforming Amendment- Subparagraph (B) of section 41(i)(1)(B), as redesignated by subsection (a), is amended by inserting ‘(in the case of the increase in the credit determined under subsection (h), December 31, 2010)’ after ‘December 31, 2009’. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (c) Effective Date- The amendments made by this section shall apply to taxable years beginning after December 31, 2008. [<-Struck out]

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Subtitle H--Other Provisions

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[Struck out->] PART 1--APPLICATION OF CERTAIN LABOR STANDARDS TO PROJECTS FINANCED WITH CERTAIN TAX-FAVORED BONDS [<-Struck out]

[Struck out->] SEC. 1701. APPLICATION OF CERTAIN LABOR STANDARDS TO PROJECTS FINANCED WITH CERTAIN TAX-FAVORED BONDS. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] Subchapter IV of chapter 31 of the title 40, United States Code, shall apply to projects financed with the proceeds of-- [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (1) any qualified clean renewable energy bond (as defined in section 54C of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986) issued after the date of the enactment of this Act, [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (2) any qualified energy conservation bond (as defined in section 54D of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986) issued after the date of the enactment of this Act, [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (3) any qualified zone academy bond (as defined in section 54E of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986) issued after the date of the enactment of this Act, [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (4) any qualified school construction bond (as defined in section 54F of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986), and [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (5) any recovery zone economic development bond (as defined in section 1400U-2 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986). [<-Struck out]

[Struck out->] PART 2--GRANTS TO PROVIDE FINANCING FOR LOW-INCOME HOUSING [<-Struck out]

[Struck out->] SEC. 1711. GRANTS TO STATES FOR LOW-INCOME HOUSING PROJECTS IN LIEU OF LOW-INCOME HOUSING CREDIT ALLOCATIONS FOR 2009. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (a) In General- The Secretary of the Treasury shall make a grant to the housing credit agency of each State in an amount equal to such State’s low-income housing grant election amount. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (b) Low-Income Housing Grant Election Amount- For purposes of this section, the term ‘low-income housing grant election amount’ means, with respect to any State, such amount as the State may elect which does not exceed 85 percent of the product of-- [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (1) the sum of-- [<-Struck out]

        [Struck out->] (A) 100 percent of the State housing credit ceiling for 2009 which is attributable to amounts described in clauses (i) and (iii) of section 42(h)(3)(C) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, and [<-Struck out]

        [Struck out->] (B) 40 percent of the State housing credit ceiling for 2009 which is attributable to amounts described in clauses (ii) and (iv) of such section, multiplied by [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (2) 10. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (c) Subawards for Low-Income Buildings- [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (1) IN GENERAL- A State housing credit agency receiving a grant under this section shall use such grant to make subawards to finance the construction or acquisition and rehabilitation of qualified low-income buildings. A subaward under this section may be made to finance a qualified low-income building with or without an allocation under section 42 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, except that a State housing credit agency may make subawards to finance qualified low-income buildings without an allocation only if it makes a determination that such use will increase the total funds available to the State to build and rehabilitate affordable housing. In complying with such determination requirement, a State housing credit agency shall establish a process in which applicants that are allocated credits are required to demonstrate good faith efforts to obtain investment commitments for such credits before the agency makes such subawards. [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (2) SUBAWARDS SUBJECT TO SAME REQUIREMENTS AS LOW-INCOME HOUSING CREDIT ALLOCATIONS- Any such subaward with respect to any qualified low-income building shall be made in the same manner and shall be subject to the same limitations (including rent, income, and use restrictions on such building) as an allocation of housing credit dollar amount allocated by such State housing credit agency under section 42 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, except that such subawards shall not be limited by, or otherwise affect (except as provided in subsection (h)(3)(J) of such section), the State housing credit ceiling applicable to such agency. [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (3) COMPLIANCE AND ASSET MANAGEMENT- The State housing credit agency shall perform asset management functions to ensure compliance with section 42 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 and the long-term viability of buildings funded by any subaward under this section. The State housing credit agency may collect reasonable fees from a subaward recipient to cover expenses associated with the performance of its duties under this paragraph. The State housing credit agency may retain an agent or other private contractor to satisfy the requirements of this paragraph. [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (4) RECAPTURE- The State housing credit agency shall impose conditions or restrictions, including a requirement providing for recapture, on any subaward under this section so as to assure that the building with respect to which such subaward is made remains a qualified low-income building during the compliance period. Any such recapture shall be payable to the Secretary of the Treasury for deposit in the general fund of the Treasury and may be enforced by means of liens or such other methods as the Secretary of the Treasury determines appropriate. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (d) Return of Unused Grant Funds- Any grant funds not used to make subawards under this section before January 1, 2011, shall be returned to the Secretary of the Treasury on such date. Any subawards returned to the State housing credit agency on or after such date shall be promptly returned to the Secretary of the Treasury. Any amounts returned to the Secretary of the Treasury under this subsection shall be deposited in the general fund of the Treasury. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (e) Definitions- Any term used in this section which is also used in section 42 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 shall have the same meaning for purposes of this section as when used in such section 42. Any reference in this section to the Secretary of the Treasury shall be treated as including the Secretary’s delegate. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (f) Appropriations- There is hereby appropriated to the Secretary of the Treasury such sums as may be necessary to carry out this section. [<-Struck out]

[Struck out->] PART 3--GRANTS FOR SPECIFIED ENERGY PROPERTY IN LIEU OF TAX CREDITS [<-Struck out]

[Struck out->] SEC. 1721. GRANTS FOR SPECIFIED ENERGY PROPERTY IN LIEU OF TAX CREDITS. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (a) In General- Upon application, the Secretary of Energy shall, within 60 days of the application and subject to the requirements of this section, provide a grant to each person who places in service specified energy property during 2009 or 2010 to reimburse such person for a portion of the expense of such facility as provided in subsection (b). [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (b) Grant Amount- [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (1) IN GENERAL- The amount of the grant under subsection (a) with respect to any specified energy property shall be the applicable percentage of the basis of such facility. [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (2) APPLICABLE PERCENTAGE- For purposes of paragraph (1), the term ‘applicable percentage’ means-- [<-Struck out]

        [Struck out->] (A) 30 percent in the case of any property described in paragraphs (1) through (4) of subsection (c), and [<-Struck out]

        [Struck out->] (B) 10 percent in the case of any other property. [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (3) DOLLAR LIMITATIONS- In the case of property described in paragraph (2), (6), or (7) of subsection (c), the amount of any grant under this section with respect to such property shall not exceed the limitation described in section 48(c)(1)(B), 48(c)(2)(B), or 48(c)(3)(B) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, respectively, with respect to such property. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (c) Specified Energy Property- For purposes of this section, the term ‘specified energy property’ means any of the following: [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (1) QUALIFIED FACILITIES- Any facility described in paragraph (1), (2), (3), (4), (6), (7), (9), or (11) of section 45(d) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986. [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (2) QUALIFIED FUEL CELL PROPERTY- Any qualified fuel cell property (as defined in section 48(c)(1) of such Code). [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (3) SOLAR PROPERTY- Any property described in clause (i) or (ii) of section 48(a)(3)(A) of such Code. [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (4) QUALIFIED SMALL WIND ENERGY PROPERTY- Any qualified small wind energy property (as defined in section 48(c)(4) of such Code). [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (5) GEOTHERMAL PROPERTY- Any property described in clause (iii) of section 48(a)(3)(A) of such Code. [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (6) QUALIFIED MICROTURBINE PROPERTY- Any qualified microturbine property (as defined in section 48(c)(2) of such Code). [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (7) COMBINED HEAT AND POWER SYSTEM PROPERTY- Any combined heat and power system property (as defined in section 48(c)(3) of such Code). [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (8) GEOTHERMAL HEATPUMP PROPERTY- Any property described in clause (vii) of section 48(a)(3)(A) of such Code. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (d) Application of Certain Rules- In making grants under this section, the Secretary of Energy shall apply rules similar to the rules of section 50 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986. In applying such rules, if the facility is disposed of, or otherwise ceases to be a qualified renewable energy facility, the Secretary of Energy shall provide for the recapture of the appropriate percentage of the grant amount in such manner as the Secretary of Energy determines appropriate. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (e) Exception for Certain Non-Taxpayers- The Secretary of Energy shall not make any grant under this section to any Federal, State, or local government (or any political subdivision, agency, or instrumentality thereof) or any organization described in section 501(c) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 and exempt from tax under section 501(a) of such Code. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (f) Definitions- Terms used in this section which are also used in section 45 or 48 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 shall have the same meaning for purposes of this section as when used in such section 45 or 48. Any reference in this section to the Secretary of the Treasury shall be treated as including the Secretary’s delegate. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (g) Coordination Between Departments of Treasury and Energy- The Secretary of the Treasury shall provide the Secretary of Energy with such technical assistance as the Secretary of Energy may require in carrying out this section. The Secretary of Energy shall provide the Secretary of the Treasury with such information as the Secretary of the Treasury may require in carrying out the amendment made by section 1604. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (h) Appropriations- There is hereby appropriated to the Secretary of Energy such sums as may be necessary to carry out this section. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (i) Termination- The Secretary of Energy shall not make any grant to any person under this section unless the application of such person for such grant is received before October 1, 2011. [<-Struck out]

[Struck out->] PART 4--STUDY OF ECONOMIC, EMPLOYMENT, AND RELATED EFFECTS OF THIS ACT [<-Struck out]

[Struck out->] SEC. 1731. STUDY OF ECONOMIC, EMPLOYMENT, AND RELATED EFFECTS OF THIS ACT. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] On February 1, 2010, and every 3 months thereafter in calendar year 2010, the Comptroller General of the United States shall submit to the Committee on Ways and Means a written report on the most recent national (and, where available, State-by-State) information on-- [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (1) the economic effects of this Act; [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (2) the employment effects of this Act, including-- [<-Struck out]

        [Struck out->] (A) a comparison of the number of jobs preserved and the number of jobs created as a result of this Act; and [<-Struck out]

        [Struck out->] (B) a comparison of the numbers of jobs preserved and the number of jobs created in each of the public and private sectors; [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (3) the share of tax and non-tax expenditures provided under this Act that were spent or saved, by group and income class; [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (4) how the funds provided to States under this Act have been spent, including a breakdown of-- [<-Struck out]

        [Struck out->] (A) funds used for services provided to citizens; and [<-Struck out]

        [Struck out->] (B) wages and other compensation for public employees; and [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (5) a description of any funds made available under this Act that remain unspent, and the reasons why. [<-Struck out]

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TITLE II--ASSISTANCE FOR UNEMPLOYED WORKERS AND STRUGGLING FAMILIES

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[Struck out->] SEC. 2000. SHORT TITLE. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] This title may be cited as the ‘Assistance for Unemployed Workers and Struggling Families Act’. [<-Struck out]

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Subtitle A--Unemployment Insurance

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[Struck out->] SEC. 2001. EXTENSION OF EMERGENCY UNEMPLOYMENT COMPENSATION PROGRAM. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (a) In General- Section 4007 of the Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2008 (Public Law 110-252; 26 U.S.C. 3304 note), as amended by section 4 of the Unemployment Compensation Extension Act of 2008 (Public Law 110-449; 122 Stat. 5015), is amended-- [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (1) by striking ‘March 31, 2009’ each place it appears and inserting ‘December 31, 2009’; [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (2) in the heading for subsection (b)(2), by striking ‘MARCH 31, 2009’ and inserting ‘DECEMBER 31, 2009’; and [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (3) in subsection (b)(3), by striking ‘August 27, 2009’ and inserting ‘May 31, 2010’. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (b) Financing Provisions- Section 4004 of such Act is amended by adding at the end the following: [<-Struck out]

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    ‘(e) Transfer of Funds- Notwithstanding any other provision of law, the Secretary of the Treasury shall transfer from the general fund of the Treasury (from funds not otherwise appropriated)-- [<-Struck out]

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      ‘(1) to the extended unemployment compensation account (as established by section 905 of the Social Security Act) such sums as the Secretary of Labor estimates to be necessary to make payments to States under this title by reason of the amendments made by section 2001(a) of the Assistance for Unemployed Workers and Struggling Families Act; and [<-Struck out]

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      ‘(2) to the employment security administration account (as established by section 901 of the Social Security Act) such sums as the Secretary of Labor estimates to be necessary for purposes of assisting States in meeting administrative costs by reason of the amendments referred to in paragraph (1). [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] There are appropriated from the general fund of the Treasury, without fiscal year limitation, the sums referred to in the preceding sentence and such sums shall not be required to be repaid.’. [<-Struck out]

[Struck out->] SEC. 2002. INCREASE IN UNEMPLOYMENT COMPENSATION BENEFITS. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (a) Federal-State Agreements- Any State which desires to do so may enter into and participate in an agreement under this section with the Secretary of Labor (hereinafter in this section referred to as the ‘Secretary’). Any State which is a party to an agreement under this section may, upon providing 30 days’ written notice to the Secretary, terminate such agreement. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (b) Provisions of Agreement- [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (1) ADDITIONAL COMPENSATION- Any agreement under this section shall provide that the State agency of the State will make payments of regular compensation to individuals in amounts and to the extent that they would be determined if the State law of the State were applied, with respect to any week for which the individual is (disregarding this section) otherwise entitled under the State law to receive regular compensation, as if such State law had been modified in a manner such that the amount of regular compensation (including dependents’ allowances) payable for any week shall be equal to the amount determined under the State law (before the application of this paragraph) plus an additional $25. [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (2) ALLOWABLE METHODS OF PAYMENT- Any additional compensation provided for in accordance with paragraph (1) shall be payable either-- [<-Struck out]

        [Struck out->] (A) as an amount which is paid at the same time and in the same manner as any regular compensation otherwise payable for the week involved; or [<-Struck out]

        [Struck out->] (B) at the option of the State, by payments which are made separately from, but on the same weekly basis as, any regular compensation otherwise payable. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (c) Nonreduction Rule- An agreement under this section shall not apply (or shall cease to apply) with respect to a State upon a determination by the Secretary that the method governing the computation of regular compensation under the State law of that State has been modified in a manner such that-- [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (1) the average weekly benefit amount of regular compensation which will be payable during the period of the agreement (determined disregarding any additional amounts attributable to the modification described in subsection (b)(1)) will be less than [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (2) the average weekly benefit amount of regular compensation which would otherwise have been payable during such period under the State law, as in effect on December 31, 2008. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (d) Payments to States- [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (1) IN GENERAL- [<-Struck out]

        [Struck out->] (A) FULL REIMBURSEMENT- There shall be paid to each State which has entered into an agreement under this section an amount equal to 100 percent of-- [<-Struck out]

          [Struck out->] (i) the total amount of additional compensation (as described in subsection (b)(1)) paid to individuals by the State pursuant to such agreement; and [<-Struck out]

          [Struck out->] (ii) any additional administrative expenses incurred by the State by reason of such agreement (as determined by the Secretary). [<-Struck out]

        [Struck out->] (B) TERMS OF PAYMENTS- Sums payable to any State by reason of such State’s having an agreement under this section shall be payable, either in advance or by way of reimbursement (as determined by the Secretary), in such amounts as the Secretary estimates the State will be entitled to receive under this section for each calendar month, reduced or increased, as the case may be, by any amount by which the Secretary finds that his estimates for any prior calendar month were greater or less than the amounts which should have been paid to the State. Such estimates may be made on the basis of such statistical, sampling, or other method as may be agreed upon by the Secretary and the State agency of the State involved. [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (2) CERTIFICATIONS- The Secretary shall from time to time certify to the Secretary of the Treasury for payment to each State the sums payable to such State under this section. [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (3) APPROPRIATION- There are appropriated from the general fund of the Treasury, without fiscal year limitation, such sums as may be necessary for purposes of this subsection. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (e) Applicability- [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (1) IN GENERAL- An agreement entered into under this section shall apply to weeks of unemployment-- [<-Struck out]

        [Struck out->] (A) beginning after the date on which such agreement is entered into; and [<-Struck out]

        [Struck out->] (B) ending before January 1, 2010. [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (2) TRANSITION RULE FOR INDIVIDUALS REMAINING ENTITLED TO REGULAR COMPENSATION AS OF JANUARY 1, 2010- In the case of any individual who, as of the date specified in paragraph (1)(B), has not yet exhausted all rights to regular compensation under the State law of a State with respect to a benefit year that began before such date, additional compensation (as described in subsection (b)(1)) shall continue to be payable to such individual for any week beginning on or after such date for which the individual is otherwise eligible for regular compensation with respect to such benefit year. [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (3) TERMINATION- Notwithstanding any other provision of this subsection, no additional compensation (as described in subsection (b)(1)) shall be payable for any week beginning after June 30, 2010. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (f) Fraud and Overpayments- The provisions of section 4005 of the Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2008 (Public Law 110-252; 122 Stat. 2356) shall apply with respect to additional compensation (as described in subsection (b)(1)) to the same extent and in the same manner as in the case of emergency unemployment compensation. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (g) Application to Other Unemployment Benefits- [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (1) IN GENERAL- Each agreement under this section shall include provisions to provide that the purposes of the preceding provisions of this section shall be applied with respect to unemployment benefits described in subsection (h)(3) to the same extent and in the same manner as if those benefits were regular compensation. [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (2) ELIGIBILITY AND TERMINATION RULES- Additional compensation (as described in subsection (b)(1))-- [<-Struck out]

        [Struck out->] (A) shall not be payable, pursuant to this subsection, with respect to any unemployment benefits described in subsection (h)(3) for any week beginning on or after the date specified in subsection (e)(1)(B), except in the case of an individual who was eligible to receive additional compensation (as so described) in connection with any regular compensation or any unemployment benefits described in subsection (h)(3) for any period of unemployment ending before such date; and [<-Struck out]

        [Struck out->] (B) shall in no event be payable for any week beginning after the date specified in subsection (e)(3). [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (h) Disregard of Additional Compensation for Purposes of Medicaid and SCHIP- The monthly equivalent of any additional compensation paid under this section shall be disregarded in considering the amount of income of an individual for any purposes under title XIX and title XXI of the Social Security Act. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (i) Definitions- For purposes of this section-- [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (1) the terms ‘compensation’, ‘regular compensation’, ‘benefit year’, ‘State’, ‘State agency’, ‘State law’, and ‘week’ have the respective meanings given such terms under section 205 of the Federal-State Extended Unemployment Compensation Act of 1970 (26 U.S.C. 3304 note); [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (2) the term ‘emergency unemployment compensation’ means emergency unemployment compensation under title IV of the Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2008 (Public Law 110-252; 122 Stat. 2353); and [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (3) any reference to unemployment benefits described in this paragraph shall be considered to refer to-- [<-Struck out]

        [Struck out->] (A) extended compensation (as defined by section 205 of the Federal-State Extended Unemployment Compensation Act of 1970); and [<-Struck out]

        [Struck out->] (B) unemployment compensation (as defined by section 85(b) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986) provided under any program administered by a State under an agreement with the Secretary. [<-Struck out]

[Struck out->] SEC. 2003. SPECIAL TRANSFERS FOR UNEMPLOYMENT COMPENSATION MODERNIZATION. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (a) In General- Section 903 of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 1103) is amended by adding at the end the following: [<-Struck out]

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‘Special Transfers in Fiscal Years 2009, 2010, and 2011 for Modernization [<-Struck out]

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    ‘(f)(1)(A) In addition to any other amounts, the Secretary of Labor shall provide for the making of unemployment compensation modernization incentive payments (hereinafter ‘incentive payments’) to the accounts of the States in the Unemployment Trust Fund, by transfer from amounts reserved for that purpose in the Federal unemployment account, in accordance with succeeding provisions of this subsection. [<-Struck out]

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    ‘(B) The maximum incentive payment allowable under this subsection with respect to any State shall, as determined by the Secretary of Labor, be equal to the amount obtained by multiplying $7,000,000,000 by the same ratio as would apply under subsection (a)(2)(B) for purposes of determining such State’s share of any excess amount (as described in subsection (a)(1)) that would have been subject to transfer to State accounts, as of October 1, 2008, under the provisions of subsection (a). [<-Struck out]

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    ‘(C) Of the maximum incentive payment determined under subparagraph (B) with respect to a State-- [<-Struck out]

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      ‘(i) one-third shall be transferred to the account of such State upon a certification under paragraph (4)(B) that the State law of such State meets the requirements of paragraph (2); and [<-Struck out]

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      ‘(ii) the remainder shall be transferred to the account of such State upon a certification under paragraph (4)(B) that the State law of such State meets the requirements of paragraph (3). [<-Struck out]

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    ‘(2) The State law of a State meets the requirements of this paragraph if such State law-- [<-Struck out]

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      ‘(A) uses a base period that includes the most recently completed calendar quarter before the start of the benefit year for purposes of determining eligibility for unemployment compensation; or [<-Struck out]

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      ‘(B) provides that, in the case of an individual who would not otherwise be eligible for unemployment compensation under the State law because of the use of a base period that does not include the most recently completed calendar quarter before the start of the benefit year, eligibility shall be determined using a base period that includes such calendar quarter. [<-Struck out]

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    ‘(3) The State law of a State meets the requirements of this paragraph if such State law includes provisions to carry out at least 2 of the following subparagraphs: [<-Struck out]

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      ‘(A) An individual shall not be denied regular unemployment compensation under any State law provisions relating to availability for work, active search for work, or refusal to accept work, solely because such individual is seeking only part-time work (as defined by the Secretary of Labor), except that the State law provisions carrying out this subparagraph may exclude an individual if a majority of the weeks of work in such individual’s base period do not include part-time work (as so defined). [<-Struck out]

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      ‘(B) An individual shall not be disqualified from regular unemployment compensation for separating from employment if that separation is for any compelling family reason. For purposes of this subparagraph, the term ‘compelling family reason’ means the following: [<-Struck out]

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        ‘(i) Domestic violence, verified by such reasonable and confidential documentation as the State law may require, which causes the individual reasonably to believe that such individual’s continued employment would jeopardize the safety of the individual or of any member of the individual’s immediate family (as defined by the Secretary of Labor). [<-Struck out]

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        ‘(ii) The illness or disability of a member of the individual’s immediate family (as those terms are defined by the Secretary of Labor). [<-Struck out]

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        ‘(iii) The need for the individual to accompany such individual’s spouse-- [<-Struck out]

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          ‘(I) to a place from which it is impractical for such individual to commute; and [<-Struck out]

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          ‘(II) due to a change in location of the spouse’s employment. [<-Struck out]

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      ‘(C) Weekly unemployment compensation is payable under this subparagraph to any individual who is unemployed (as determined under the State unemployment compensation law), has exhausted all rights to regular unemployment compensation under the State law, and is enrolled and making satisfactory progress in a State-approved training program or in a job training program authorized under the Workforce Investment Act of 1998. Such programs shall prepare individuals who have been separated from a declining occupation, or who have been involuntarily and indefinitely separated from employment as a result of a permanent reduction of operations at the individual’s place of employment, for entry into a high-demand occupation. The amount of unemployment compensation payable under this subparagraph to an individual for a week of unemployment shall be equal to the individual’s average weekly benefit amount (including dependents’ allowances) for the most recent benefit year, and the total amount of unemployment compensation payable under this subparagraph to any individual shall be equal to at least 26 times the individual’s average weekly benefit amount (including dependents’ allowances) for the most recent benefit year. [<-Struck out]

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      ‘(D) Dependents’ allowances are provided, in the case of any individual who is entitled to receive regular unemployment compensation and who has any dependents (as defined by State law), in an amount equal to at least $15 per dependent per week, subject to any aggregate limitation on such allowances which the State law may establish (but which aggregate limitation on the total allowance for dependents paid to an individual may not be less than $50 for each week of unemployment or 50 percent of the individual’s weekly benefit amount for the benefit year, whichever is less). [<-Struck out]

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    ‘(4)(A) Any State seeking an incentive payment under this subsection shall submit an application therefor at such time, in such manner, and complete with such information as the Secretary of Labor may within 60 days after the date of the enactment of this subsection prescribe (whether by regulation or otherwise), including information relating to compliance with the requirements of paragraph (2) or (3), as well as how the State intends to use the incentive payment to improve or strengthen the State’s unemployment compensation program. The Secretary of Labor shall, within 30 days after receiving a complete application, notify the State agency of the State of the Secretary’s findings with respect to the requirements of paragraph (2) or (3) (or both). [<-Struck out]

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    ‘(B)(i) If the Secretary of Labor finds that the State law provisions (disregarding any State law provisions which are not then currently in effect as permanent law or which are subject to discontinuation) meet the requirements of paragraph (2) or (3), as the case may be, the Secretary of Labor shall thereupon make a certification to that effect to the Secretary of the Treasury, together with a certification as to the amount of the incentive payment to be transferred to the State account pursuant to that finding. The Secretary of the Treasury shall make the appropriate transfer within 7 days after receiving such certification. [<-Struck out]

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    ‘(ii) For purposes of clause (i), State law provisions which are to take effect within 12 months after the date of their certification under this subparagraph shall be considered to be in effect as of the date of such certification. [<-Struck out]

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    ‘(C)(i) No certification of compliance with the requirements of paragraph (2) or (3) may be made with respect to any State whose State law is not otherwise eligible for certification under section 303 or approvable under section 3304 of the Federal Unemployment Tax Act. [<-Struck out]

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    ‘(ii) No certification of compliance with the requirements of paragraph (3) may be made with respect to any State whose State law is not in compliance with the requirements of paragraph (2). [<-Struck out]

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    ‘(iii) No application under subparagraph (A) may be considered if submitted before the date of the enactment of this subsection or after the latest date necessary (as specified by the Secretary of Labor) to ensure that all incentive payments under this subsection are made before October 1, 2011. [<-Struck out]

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    ‘(5)(A) Except as provided in subparagraph (B), any amount transferred to the account of a State under this subsection may be used by such State only in the payment of cash benefits to individuals with respect to their unemployment (including for dependents’ allowances and for unemployment compensation under paragraph (3)(C)), exclusive of expenses of administration. [<-Struck out]

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    ‘(B) A State may, subject to the same conditions as set forth in subsection (c)(2) (excluding subparagraph (B) thereof, and deeming the reference to ‘subsections (a) and (b)’ in subparagraph (D) thereof to include this subsection), use any amount transferred to the account of such State under this subsection for the administration of its unemployment compensation law and public employment offices. [<-Struck out]

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    ‘(6) Out of any money in the Federal unemployment account not otherwise appropriated, the Secretary of the Treasury shall reserve $7,000,000,000 for incentive payments under this subsection. Any amount so reserved shall not be taken into account for purposes of any determination under section 902, 910, or 1203 of the amount in the Federal unemployment account as of any given time. Any amount so reserved for which the Secretary of the Treasury has not received a certification under paragraph (4)(B) by the deadline described in paragraph (4)(C)(iii) shall, upon the close of fiscal year 2011, become unrestricted as to use as part of the Federal unemployment account. [<-Struck out]

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    ‘(7) For purposes of this subsection, the terms ‘benefit year’, ‘base period’, and ‘week’ have the respective meanings given such terms under section 205 of the Federal-State Extended Unemployment Compensation Act of 1970 (26 U.S.C. 3304 note). [<-Struck out]

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‘Special Transfer in Fiscal Year 2009 for Administration [<-Struck out]

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    ‘(g)(1) In addition to any other amounts, the Secretary of the Treasury shall transfer from the employment security administration account to the account of each State in the Unemployment Trust Fund, within 30 days after the date of the enactment of this subsection, the amount determined with respect to such State under paragraph (2). [<-Struck out]

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    ‘(2) The amount to be transferred under this subsection to a State account shall (as determined by the Secretary of Labor and certified by such Secretary to the Secretary of the Treasury) be equal to the amount obtained by multiplying $500,000,000 by the same ratio as determined under subsection (f)(1)(B) with respect to such State. [<-Struck out]

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    ‘(3) Any amount transferred to the account of a State as a result of the enactment of this subsection may be used by the State agency of such State only in the payment of expenses incurred by it for-- [<-Struck out]

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      ‘(A) the administration of the provisions of its State law carrying out the purposes of subsection (f)(2) or any subparagraph of subsection (f)(3); [<-Struck out]

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      ‘(B) improved outreach to individuals who might be eligible for regular unemployment compensation by virtue of any provisions of the State law which are described in subparagraph (A); [<-Struck out]

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      ‘(C) the improvement of unemployment benefit and unemployment tax operations, including responding to increased demand for unemployment compensation; and [<-Struck out]

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      ‘(D) staff-assisted reemployment services for unemployment compensation claimants.’. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (b) Regulations- The Secretary of Labor may prescribe any regulations, operating instructions, or other guidance necessary to carry out the amendment made by subsection (a). [<-Struck out]

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Subtitle B--Assistance for Vulnerable Individuals

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[Struck out->] SEC. 2101. EMERGENCY FUND FOR TANF PROGRAM. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (a) In General- Section 403 of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 603) is amended by adding at the end the following: [<-Struck out]

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    ‘(c) Emergency Fund- [<-Struck out]

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      ‘(1) ESTABLISHMENT- There is established in the Treasury of the United States a fund which shall be known as the ‘Emergency Contingency Fund for State Temporary Assistance for Needy Families Programs’ (in this subsection referred to as the ‘Emergency Fund’). [<-Struck out]

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      ‘(2) DEPOSITS INTO FUND- Out of any money in the Treasury of the United States not otherwise appropriated, there are appropriated such sums as are necessary for payment to the Emergency Fund. [<-Struck out]

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      ‘(3) GRANTS- [<-Struck out]

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        ‘(A) GRANT RELATED TO CASELOAD INCREASES- [<-Struck out]

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          ‘(i) IN GENERAL- For each calendar quarter in fiscal year 2009 or 2010, the Secretary shall make a grant from the Emergency Fund to each State that-- [<-Struck out]

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            ‘(I) requests a grant under this subparagraph for the quarter; and [<-Struck out]

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            ‘(II) meets the requirement of clause (ii) for the quarter. [<-Struck out]

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          ‘(ii) CASELOAD INCREASE REQUIREMENT- A State meets the requirement of this clause for a quarter if the average monthly assistance caseload of the State for the quarter exceeds the average monthly assistance caseload of the State for the corresponding quarter in the emergency fund base year of the State. [<-Struck out]

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          ‘(iii) AMOUNT OF GRANT- Subject to paragraph (5), the amount of the grant to be made to a State under this subparagraph for a quarter shall be 80 percent of the amount (if any) by which the total expenditures of the State for basic assistance (as defined by the Secretary) in the quarter, whether under the State program funded under this part or as qualified State expenditures, exceeds the total expenditures of the State for such assistance for the corresponding quarter in the emergency fund base year of the State. [<-Struck out]

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        ‘(B) GRANT RELATED TO INCREASED EXPENDITURES FOR NON-RECURRENT SHORT TERM BENEFITS- [<-Struck out]

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          ‘(i) IN GENERAL- For each calendar quarter in fiscal year 2009 or 2010, the Secretary shall make a grant from the Emergency Fund to each State that-- [<-Struck out]

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            ‘(I) requests a grant under this subparagraph for the quarter; and [<-Struck out]

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            ‘(II) meets the requirement of clause (ii) for the quarter. [<-Struck out]

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          ‘(ii) NON-RECURRENT SHORT TERM EXPENDITURE REQUIREMENT- A State meets the requirement of this clause for a quarter if the total expenditures of the State for non-recurrent short term benefits in the quarter, whether under the State program funded under this part or as qualified State expenditures, exceeds the total such expenditures of the State for non-recurrent short term benefits in the corresponding quarter in the emergency fund base year of the State. [<-Struck out]

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          ‘(iii) AMOUNT OF GRANT- Subject to paragraph (5), the amount of the grant to be made to a State under this subparagraph for a quarter shall be an amount equal to 80 percent of the excess described in clause (ii). [<-Struck out]

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        ‘(C) GRANT RELATED TO INCREASED EXPENDITURES FOR SUBSIDIZED EMPLOYMENT- [<-Struck out]

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          ‘(i) IN GENERAL- For each calendar quarter in fiscal year 2009 or 2010, the Secretary shall make a grant from the Emergency Fund to each State that-- [<-Struck out]

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            ‘(I) requests a grant under this subparagraph for the quarter; and [<-Struck out]

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            ‘(II) meets the requirement of clause (ii) for the quarter. [<-Struck out]

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          ‘(ii) SUBSIDIZED EMPLOYMENT EXPENDITURE REQUIREMENT- A State meets the requirement of this clause for a quarter if the total expenditures of the State for subsidized employment in the quarter, whether under the State program funded under this part or as qualified State expenditures, exceeds the total of such expenditures of the State in the corresponding quarter in the emergency fund base year of the State. [<-Struck out]

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          ‘(iii) AMOUNT OF GRANT- Subject to paragraph (5), the amount of the grant to be made to a State under this subparagraph for a quarter shall be an amount equal to 80 percent of the excess described in clause (ii). [<-Struck out]

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      ‘(4) AUTHORITY TO MAKE NECESSARY ADJUSTMENTS TO DATA AND COLLECT NEEDED DATA- In determining the size of the caseload of a State and the expenditures of a State for basic assistance, non-recurrent short-term benefits, and subsidized employment, during any period for which the State requests funds under this subsection, and during the emergency fund base year of the State, the Secretary may make appropriate adjustments to the data to ensure that the data reflect expenditures under the State program funded under this part and qualified State expenditures. The Secretary may develop a mechanism for collecting expenditure data, including procedures which allow States to make reasonable estimates, and may set deadlines for making revisions to the data. [<-Struck out]

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      ‘(5) LIMITATION- The total amount payable to a single State under subsection (b) and this subsection for a fiscal year shall not exceed 25 percent of the State family assistance grant. [<-Struck out]

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      ‘(6) LIMITATIONS ON USE OF FUNDS- A State to which an amount is paid under this subsection may use the amount only as authorized by section 404. [<-Struck out]

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      ‘(7) TIMING OF IMPLEMENTATION- The Secretary shall implement this subsection as quickly as reasonably possible, pursuant to appropriate guidance to States. [<-Struck out]

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      ‘(8) DEFINITIONS- In this subsection: [<-Struck out]

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        ‘(A) AVERAGE MONTHLY ASSISTANCE CASELOAD- The term ‘average monthly assistance caseload’ means, with respect to a State and a quarter, the number of families receiving assistance during the quarter under the State program funded under this part or as qualified State expenditures, subject to adjustment under paragraph (4). [<-Struck out]

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        ‘(B) EMERGENCY FUND BASE YEAR- [<-Struck out]

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          ‘(i) IN GENERAL- The term ‘emergency fund base year’ means, with respect to a State and a category described in clause (ii), whichever of fiscal year 2007 or 2008 is the fiscal year in which the amount described by the category with respect to the State is the lesser. [<-Struck out]

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          ‘(ii) CATEGORIES DESCRIBED- The categories described in this clause are the following: [<-Struck out]

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            ‘(I) The average monthly assistance caseload of the State. [<-Struck out]

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            ‘(II) The total expenditures of the State for non-recurrent short term benefits, whether under the State program funded under this part or as qualified State expenditures. [<-Struck out]

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            ‘(III) The total expenditures of the State for subsidized employment, whether under the State program funded under this part or as qualified State expenditures. [<-Struck out]

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        ‘(C) QUALIFIED STATE EXPENDITURES- The term ‘qualified State expenditures’ has the meaning given the term in section 409(a)(7).’. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (b) Temporary Modification of Caseload Reduction Credit- Section 407(b)(3)(A)(i) of such Act (42 U.S.C. 607(b)(3)(A)(i)) is amended by inserting ‘(or if the immediately preceding fiscal year is fiscal year 2009 or 2010, then, at State option, during the emergency fund base year of the State with respect to the average monthly assistance caseload of the State (within the meaning of section 403(c)(8)(B)))’ before ‘under the State’. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (c) Effective Date- The amendments made by this section shall take effect on the date of the enactment of this Act. [<-Struck out]

[Struck out->] SEC. 2102. ONE-TIME EMERGENCY PAYMENT TO SSI RECIPIENTS. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (a) Payment Authority- [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (1) IN GENERAL- At the earliest practicable date in calendar year 2009 but not later than 120 days after the date of the enactment of this section, the Commissioner of Social Security shall make a one-time payment to each individual who is determined by the Commissioner in calendar year 2009 to be an individual who-- [<-Struck out]

        [Struck out->] (A) is entitled to a cash benefit under the supplemental security income program under title XVI of the Social Security Act (other than pursuant to section 1611(e)(1)(B) of such Act) for at least 1 day in the calendar month in which the first payment under this section is to be made; or [<-Struck out]

        [Struck out->] (B)(i) was entitled to such a cash benefit (other than pursuant to section 1611(e)(1)(B) of such Act) for at least 1 day in the 2-month period preceding that calendar month; and [<-Struck out]

        [Struck out->] (ii) whose entitlement to that benefit ceased in that 2-month period solely because the income of the individual (and the income of the spouse, if any, of the individual) exceeded the applicable income limit described in paragraph (1)(A) or (2)(A) of section 1611(a) of such Act. [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (2) AMOUNT OF PAYMENT- Subject to subsection (b)(1) of this section, the amount of the payment shall be-- [<-Struck out]

        [Struck out->] (A) in the case of an individual eligible for a payment under this section who does not have a spouse eligible for such a payment, an amount equal to the average of the cash benefits payable in the aggregate under section 1611 or 1619(a) of the Social Security Act to eligible individuals who do not have an eligible spouse, for the most recent month for which data on payment of the benefits are available, as determined by the Commissioner of Social Security; or [<-Struck out]

        [Struck out->] (B) in the case of an individual eligible for a payment under this section who has a spouse eligible for such a payment, an amount equal to the average of the cash benefits payable in the aggregate under section 1611 or 1619(a) of the Social Security Act to eligible individuals who have an eligible spouse, for the most recent month for which data on payment of the benefits are available, as so determined. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (b) Administrative Provisions- [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (1) AUTHORITY TO WITHHOLD PAYMENT TO RECOVER PRIOR OVERPAYMENT OF SSI BENEFITS- The Commissioner of Social Security may withhold part or all of a payment otherwise required to be made under subsection (a) of this section to an individual, in order to recover a prior overpayment of benefits to the individual under the supplemental security income program under title XVI of the Social Security Act, subject to the limitations of section 1631(b) of such Act. [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (2) PAYMENT TO BE DISREGARDED IN DETERMINING UNDERPAYMENTS UNDER THE SSI PROGRAM- A payment under subsection (a) shall be disregarded in determining whether there has been an underpayment of benefits under the supplemental security income program under title XVI of the Social Security Act. [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (3) NONASSIGNMENT- The provisions of section 1631(d) of the Social Security Act shall apply with respect to payments under this section to the same extent as they apply in the case of title XVI of such Act. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (c) Payments To Be Disregarded for Purposes of All Federal and Federally Assisted Programs- A payment under subsection (a) shall not be regarded as income to the recipient, and shall not be regarded as a resource of the recipient for the month of receipt and the following 6 months, for purposes of determining the eligibility of any individual for benefits or assistance, or the amount or extent of benefits or assistance, under any Federal program or under any State or local program financed in whole or in part with Federal funds. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (d) Appropriation- Out of any sums in the Treasury of the United States not otherwise appropriated, there are appropriated such sums as may be necessary to carry out this section. [<-Struck out]

[Struck out->] SEC. 2103. TEMPORARY RESUMPTION OF PRIOR CHILD SUPPORT LAW. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] During the period that begins with October 1, 2008, and ends with September 30, 2010, section 455(a)(1) of the Social Security Act shall be applied and administered as if the phrase ‘from amounts paid to the State under section 458 or’ did not appear in such section. [<-Struck out]

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TITLE III--HEALTH INSURANCE ASSISTANCE FOR THE UNEMPLOYED

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[Struck out->] SEC. 3001. SHORT TITLE AND TABLE OF CONTENTS OF TITLE. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (a) Short Title of Title- This title may be cited as the ‘Health Insurance Assistance for the Unemployed Act of 2009’. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (b) Table of Contents of Title- The table of contents of this title is as follows: [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] Sec. 3001. Short title and table of contents of title. [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] Sec. 3002. Premium assistance for COBRA benefits and extension of COBRA benefits for older or long-term employees. [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] Sec. 3003. Temporary optional Medicaid coverage for the unemployed. [<-Struck out]

[Struck out->] SEC. 3002. PREMIUM ASSISTANCE FOR COBRA BENEFITS AND EXTENSION OF COBRA BENEFITS FOR OLDER OR LONG-TERM EMPLOYEES. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (a) Premium Assistance for COBRA Continuation Coverage for Individuals and Their Families- [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (1) PROVISION OF PREMIUM ASSISTANCE- [<-Struck out]

        [Struck out->] (A) REDUCTION OF PREMIUMS PAYABLE- In the case of any premium for a period of coverage beginning on or after the date of the enactment of this Act for COBRA continuation coverage with respect to any assistance eligible individual, such individual shall be treated for purposes of any COBRA continuation provision as having paid the amount of such premium if such individual pays 35 percent of the amount of such premium (as determined without regard to this subsection). [<-Struck out]

        [Struck out->] (B) PREMIUM REIMBURSEMENT- For provisions providing the balance of such premium, see section 6431 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as added by paragraph (12). [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (2) LIMITATION OF PERIOD OF PREMIUM ASSISTANCE- [<-Struck out]

        [Struck out->] (A) IN GENERAL- Paragraph (1)(A) shall not apply with respect to any assistance eligible individual for months of coverage beginning on or after the earlier of-- [<-Struck out]

          [Struck out->] (i) the first date that such individual is eligible for coverage under any other group health plan (other than coverage consisting of only dental, vision, counseling, or referral services (or a combination thereof), coverage under a health reimbursement arrangement or a health flexible spending arrangement, or coverage of treatment that is furnished in an on-site medical facility maintained by the employer and that consists primarily of first-aid services, prevention and wellness care, or similar care (or a combination thereof)) or is eligible for benefits under title XVIII of the Social Security Act, or [<-Struck out]

          [Struck out->] (ii) the earliest of-- [<-Struck out]

            [Struck out->] (I) the date which is 12 months after the first day of the first month that paragraph (1)(A) applies with respect to such individual, [<-Struck out]

            [Struck out->] (II) the date following the expiration of the maximum period of continuation coverage required under the applicable COBRA continuation coverage provision, or [<-Struck out]

            [Struck out->] (III) the date following the expiration of the period of continuation coverage allowed under paragraph (4)(B)(ii). [<-Struck out]

        [Struck out->] (B) TIMING OF ELIGIBILITY FOR ADDITIONAL COVERAGE- For purposes of subparagraph (A)(i), an individual shall not be treated as eligible for coverage under a group health plan before the first date on which such individual could be covered under such plan. [<-Struck out]

        [Struck out->] (C) NOTIFICATION REQUIREMENT- An assistance eligible individual shall notify in writing the group health plan with respect to which paragraph (1)(A) applies if such paragraph ceases to apply by reason of subparagraph (A)(i). Such notice shall be provided to the group health plan in such time and manner as may be specified by the Secretary of Labor. [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (3) ASSISTANCE ELIGIBLE INDIVIDUAL- For purposes of this section, the term ‘assistance eligible individual’ means any qualified beneficiary if-- [<-Struck out]

        [Struck out->] (A) at any time during the period that begins with September 1, 2008, and ends with December 31, 2009, such qualified beneficiary is eligible for COBRA continuation coverage, [<-Struck out]

        [Struck out->] (B) such qualified beneficiary elects such coverage, and [<-Struck out]

        [Struck out->] (C) the qualifying event with respect to the COBRA continuation coverage consists of the involuntary termination of the covered employee’s employment and occurred during such period. [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (4) EXTENSION OF ELECTION PERIOD AND EFFECT ON COVERAGE- [<-Struck out]

        [Struck out->] (A) IN GENERAL- Notwithstanding section 605(a) of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974, section 4980B(f)(5)(A) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, section 2205(a) of the Public Health Service Act, and section 8905a(c)(2) of title 5, United States Code, in the case of an individual who is a qualified beneficiary described in paragraph (3)(A) as of the date of the enactment of this Act and has not made the election referred to in paragraph (3)(B) as of such date, such individual may elect the COBRA continuation coverage under the COBRA continuation coverage provisions containing such sections during the 60-day period commencing with the date on which the notification required under paragraph (7)(C) is provided to such individual. [<-Struck out]

        [Struck out->] (B) COMMENCEMENT OF COVERAGE; NO REACH-BACK- Any COBRA continuation coverage elected by a qualified beneficiary during an extended election period under subparagraph (A)-- [<-Struck out]

          [Struck out->] (i) shall commence on the date of the enactment of this Act, and [<-Struck out]

          [Struck out->] (ii) shall not extend beyond the period of COBRA continuation coverage that would have been required under the applicable COBRA continuation coverage provision if the coverage had been elected as required under such provision. [<-Struck out]

        [Struck out->] (C) PREEXISTING CONDITIONS- With respect to a qualified beneficiary who elects COBRA continuation coverage pursuant to subparagraph (A), the period-- [<-Struck out]

          [Struck out->] (i) beginning on the date of the qualifying event, and [<-Struck out]

          [Struck out->] (ii) ending with the day before the date of the enactment of this Act, [<-Struck out]

        [Struck out->] shall be disregarded for purposes of determining the 63-day periods referred to in section 701)(2) of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974, section 9801(c)(2) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, and section 2701(c)(2) of the Public Health Service Act. [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (5) EXPEDITED REVIEW OF DENIALS OF PREMIUM ASSISTANCE- In any case in which an individual requests treatment as an assistance eligible individual and is denied such treatment by the group health plan by reason of such individual’s ineligibility for COBRA continuation coverage, the Secretary of Labor (or the Secretary of Health and Human services in connection with COBRA continuation coverage which is provided other than pursuant to part 6 of subtitle B of title I of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974), in consultation with the Secretary of the Treasury, shall provide for expedited review of such denial. An individual shall be entitled to such review upon application to such Secretary in such form and manner as shall be provided by such Secretary. Such Secretary shall make a determination regarding such individual’s eligibility within 10 business days after receipt of such individual’s application for review under this paragraph. [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (6) DISREGARD OF SUBSIDIES FOR PURPOSES OF FEDERAL AND STATE PROGRAMS- Notwithstanding any other provision of law, any premium reduction with respect to an assistance eligible individual under this subsection shall not be considered income or resources in determining eligibility for, or the amount of assistance or benefits provided under, any other public benefit provided under Federal law or the law of any State or political subdivision thereof. [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (7) NOTICES TO INDIVIDUALS- [<-Struck out]

        [Struck out->] (A) GENERAL NOTICE- [<-Struck out]

          [Struck out->] (i) IN GENERAL- In the case of notices provided under section 606(4) of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (29 U.S.C. 1166(4)), section 4980B(f)(6)(D) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, section 2206(4) of the Public Health Service Act (42 U.S.C. 300bb-6(4)), or section 8905a(f)(2)(A) of title 5, United States Code, with respect to individuals who, during the period described in paragraph (3)(A), become entitled to elect COBRA continuation coverage, such notices shall include an additional notification to the recipient of the availability of premium reduction with respect to such coverage under this subsection. [<-Struck out]

          [Struck out->] (ii) ALTERNATIVE NOTICE- In the case of COBRA continuation coverage to which the notice provision under such sections does not apply, the Secretary of Labor, in consultation with the Secretary of the Treasury and the Secretary of Health and Human Services, shall, in coordination with administrators of the group health plans (or other entities) that provide or administer the COBRA continuation coverage involved, provide rules requiring the provision of such notice. [<-Struck out]

          [Struck out->] (iii) FORM- The requirement of the additional notification under this subparagraph may be met by amendment of existing notice forms or by inclusion of a separate document with the notice otherwise required. [<-Struck out]

        [Struck out->] (B) SPECIFIC REQUIREMENTS- Each additional notification under subparagraph (A) shall include-- [<-Struck out]

          [Struck out->] (i) the forms necessary for establishing eligibility for premium reduction under this subsection, [<-Struck out]

          [Struck out->] (ii) the name, address, and telephone number necessary to contact the plan administrator and any other person maintaining relevant information in connection with such premium reduction, [<-Struck out]

          [Struck out->] (iii) a description of the extended election period provided for in paragraph (4)(A), [<-Struck out]

          [Struck out->] (iv) a description of the obligation of the qualified beneficiary under paragraph (2)(C) to notify the plan providing continuation coverage of eligibility for subsequent coverage under another group health plan or eligibility for benefits under title XVIII of the Social Security Act and the penalty provided for failure to so notify the plan, and [<-Struck out]

          [Struck out->] (v) a description, displayed in a prominent manner, of the qualified beneficiary’s right to a reduced premium and any conditions on entitlement to the reduced premium. [<-Struck out]

        [Struck out->] (C) NOTICE RELATING TO RETROACTIVE COVERAGE- In the case of an individual described in paragraph (3)(A) who has elected COBRA continuation coverage as of the date of enactment of this Act or an individual described in paragraph (4)(A), the administrator of the group health plan (or other entity) involved shall provide (within 60 days after the date of enactment of this Act) for the additional notification required to be provided under subparagraph (A). [<-Struck out]

        [Struck out->] (D) MODEL NOTICES- Not later than 30 days after the date of enactment of this Act, the Secretary of the Labor, in consultation with the Secretary of the Treasury and the Secretary of Health and Human Services, shall prescribe models for the additional notification required under this paragraph. [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (8) SAFEGUARDS- The Secretary of the Treasury shall provide such rules, procedures, regulations, and other guidance as may be necessary and appropriate to prevent fraud and abuse under this subsection. [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (9) OUTREACH- The Secretary of Labor, in consultation with the Secretary of the Treasury and the Secretary of Health and Human Services, shall provide outreach consisting of public education and enrollment assistance relating to premium reduction provided under this subsection. Such outreach shall target employers, group health plan administrators, public assistance programs, States, insurers, and other entities as determined appropriate by such Secretaries. Such outreach shall include an initial focus on those individuals electing continuation coverage who are referred to in paragraph (7)(C). Information on such premium reduction, including enrollment, shall also be made available on website of the Departments of Labor, Treasury, and Health and Human Services. [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (10) DEFINITIONS- For purposes of this subsection-- [<-Struck out]

        [Struck out->] (A) ADMINISTRATOR- The term ‘administrator’ has the meaning given such term in section 3(16) of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974. [<-Struck out]

        [Struck out->] (B) COBRA CONTINUATION COVERAGE- The term ‘COBRA continuation coverage’ means continuation coverage provided pursuant to part 6 of subtitle B of title I of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (other than under section 609), title XXII of the Public Health Service Act, section 4980B of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 (other than subsection (f)(1) of such section insofar as it relates to pediatric vaccines), or section 8905a of title 5, United States Code, or under a State program that provides continuation coverage comparable to such continuation coverage. Such term does not include coverage under a health flexible spending arrangement. [<-Struck out]

        [Struck out->] (C) COBRA CONTINUATION PROVISION- The term ‘COBRA continuation provision’ means the provisions of law described in subparagraph (B). [<-Struck out]

        [Struck out->] (D) COVERED EMPLOYEE- The term ‘covered employee’ has the meaning given such term in section 607(2) of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974. [<-Struck out]

        [Struck out->] (E) QUALIFIED BENEFICIARY- The term ‘qualified beneficiary’ has the meaning given such term in section 607(3) of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974. [<-Struck out]

        [Struck out->] (F) GROUP HEALTH PLAN- The term ‘group health plan’ has the meaning given such term in section 607(1) of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974. [<-Struck out]

        [Struck out->] (G) STATE- The term ‘State’ includes the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, Guam, American Samoa, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands. [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (11) REPORTS- [<-Struck out]

        [Struck out->] (A) INTERIM REPORT- The Secretary of the Treasury shall submit an interim report to the Committee on Education and Labor, the Committee on Ways and Means, and the Committee on Energy and Commerce of the House of Representatives and the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions and the Committee on Finance of the Senate regarding the premium reduction provided under this subsection that includes-- [<-Struck out]

          [Struck out->] (i) the number of individuals provided such assistance as of the date of the report; and [<-Struck out]

          [Struck out->] (ii) the total amount of expenditures incurred (with administrative expenditures noted separately) in connection with such assistance as of the date of the report. [<-Struck out]

        [Struck out->] (B) FINAL REPORT- As soon as practicable after the last period of COBRA continuation coverage for which premium reduction is provided under this section, the Secretary of the Treasury shall submit a final report to each Committee referred to in subparagraph (A) that includes-- [<-Struck out]

          [Struck out->] (i) the number of individuals provided premium reduction under this section; [<-Struck out]

          [Struck out->] (ii) the average dollar amount (monthly and annually) of premium reductions provided to such individuals; and [<-Struck out]

          [Struck out->] (iii) the total amount of expenditures incurred (with administrative expenditures noted separately) in connection with premium reduction under this section. [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (12) COBRA PREMIUM ASSISTANCE- [<-Struck out]

        [Struck out->] (A) IN GENERAL- Subchapter B of chapter 65 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 is amended by adding at the end the following new section: [<-Struck out]

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    ‘(b) Reasonable Cause Exception- No penalty shall be imposed under subsection (a) with respect to any failure if it is shown that such failure is due to reasonable cause and not to willful neglect.’. [<-Struck out]

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      ‘(9) COBRA PREMIUM ASSISTANCE- In the case of an assistance eligible individual who receives premium reduction for COBRA continuation coverage under section 3002(a) of the Health Insurance Assistance for the Unemployed Act of 2009 for any month during the taxable year, such individual shall not be treated as an eligible individual, a certified individual, or a qualifying family member for purposes of this section or section 7527 with respect to such month.’. [<-Struck out]

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    ‘In the case of an assistance eligible individual (as defined in section 3002 of the Health Insurance Assistance for the Unemployed Act of 2009), gross income does not include any premium reduction provided under subsection (a) of such section.’. [<-Struck out]

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          ‘(xi) YEAR OF SERVICE- For purposes of this subparagraph, the term ‘year of service’ shall have the meaning provided in section 202(a)(3).’. [<-Struck out]

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            ‘(X) SPECIAL RULE FOR OLDER OR LONG-TERM EMPLOYEES GENERALLY- In the case of a qualifying event described in paragraph (3)(B) with respect to a covered employee who (as of such qualifying event) has attained age 55 or has completed 10 or more years of service with the entity that is the employer at the time of the qualifying event, subclauses (I) and (II) shall not apply. For purposes of this subclause, in the case of a group health plan that is a multiemployer plan (as defined in section 3(37) of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974), service by the covered employee performed for 2 or more employers during periods for which such employers contributed to such plan shall be treated as service performed for the entity referred to in the preceding sentence. [<-Struck out]

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            ‘(XI) YEAR OF SERVICE- For purposes of this clause, the term ‘year of service’ shall have the meaning provided in section 202(a)(3) of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974.’. [<-Struck out]

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          ‘(viii) SPECIAL RULE FOR OLDER OR LONG-TERM EMPLOYEES GENERALLY- In the case of a qualifying event described in section 2203(2) with respect to a covered employee who (as of such qualifying event) has attained age 55 or has completed 10 or more years of service with the entity that is the employer at the time of the qualifying event, clauses (i) and (ii) shall not apply. For purposes of this clause, in the case of a group health plan that is a multiemployer plan (as defined in section 3(37) of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974), service by the covered employee performed for 2 or more employers during periods for which such employers contributed to such plan shall be treated as service performed for the entity referred to in the preceding sentence. [<-Struck out]

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          ‘(ix) YEAR OF SERVICE- For purposes of this subparagraph, the term ‘year of service’ shall have the meaning provided in section 202(a)(3) of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974.’. [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (4) EFFECTIVE DATE OF AMENDMENTS- The amendments made by this subsection shall apply to periods of coverage which would (without regard to the amendments made by this section) end on or after the date of the enactment of this Act. [<-Struck out]

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            ‘(XX) who are described in subsection (dd)(1) (relating to certain unemployed individuals and their families);’; and [<-Struck out]

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      ‘(ii) individuals who were receiving, but have exhausted, unemployment compensation benefits on or after July 1, 2008. [<-Struck out]

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      ‘(B) Individuals who are involuntarily unemployed and were involuntarily separated from employment on or after September 1, 2008, and before January 1, 2011, whose family gross income does not exceed a percentage specified by the State (not to exceed 200 percent) of the income official poverty line (as defined by the Office of Management and Budget, and revised annually in accordance with section 673(2) of the Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1981) applicable to a family of the size involved, and who, but for subsection (a)(10)(A)(ii)(XX), are not eligible for medical assistance under this title or health assistance under title XXI. [<-Struck out]

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      ‘(C) Individuals who are involuntarily unemployed and were involuntarily separated from employment on or after September 1, 2008, and before January 1, 2011, who are members of households participating in the supplemental nutrition assistance program established under the Food and Nutrition Act of 2008 (7 U.S.C. 2011 et seq.), and who, but for subsection (a)(10)(A)(ii)(XX), are not eligible for medical assistance under this title or health assistance under title XXI. [<-Struck out]

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      ‘(A) In the case of individuals within a category described in subparagraph (A)(i) of paragraph (2), the individual was involuntarily separated from employment on or after September 1, 2008, and before January 1, 2011, or meets such comparable requirement as the Secretary specifies through rule, guidance, or otherwise in the case of an individual who was an independent contractor. [<-Struck out]

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      ‘(B) The individual is not otherwise covered under creditable coverage, as defined in section 2701(c) of the Public Health Service Act (42 U.S.C. 300gg(c)), but applied without regard to paragraph (1)(F) of such section and without regard to coverage provided by reason of the application of subsection (a)(10)(A)(ii)(XX). [<-Struck out]

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    ‘(4)(A) No income or resources test shall be applied with respect to any category of individuals described in subparagraph (A) or (C) of paragraph (2) who are eligible for medical assistance only by reason of the application of subsection (a)(10)(A)(ii)(XX). [<-Struck out]

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    ‘(B) Nothing in this subsection shall be construed to prevent a State from imposing a resource test for the category of individuals described in paragraph (2)(B)). [<-Struck out]

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    ‘(C) In the case of individuals described in paragraph (2)(A) or (2)(C), the requirements of subsections (i)(22) and (x) in section 1903 shall not apply.’. [<-Struck out]

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      [Struck out->] (1) FMAP FOR TIME-LIMITED PERIOD- The third sentence of section 1905(b) of such Act (42 U.S.C. 1396d(b)) is amended by inserting before the period at the end the following: ‘and for items and services furnished on or after the date of enactment of this Act and before January 1, 2011, to individuals who are eligible for medical assistance only by reason of the application of section 1902(a)(10)(A)(ii)(XX)’. [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (2) CERTAIN ENROLLMENT-RELATED ADMINISTRATIVE COSTS- Notwithstanding any other provision of law, for purposes of applying section 1903(a) of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 1396b(a)), with respect to expenditures incurred on or after the date of the enactment of this Act and before January 1, 2011, for costs of administration (including outreach and the modification and operation of eligibility information systems) attributable to eligibility determination and enrollment of individuals who are eligible for medical assistance only by reason of the application of section 1902(a)(10)(A)(ii)(XX) of such Act, as added by subsection (a)(1), the Federal matching percentage shall be 100 percent instead of the matching percentage otherwise applicable. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (c) Conforming Amendments- (1) Section 1903(f)(4) of such Act (42 U.S.C. 1396c(f)(4)) is amended by inserting ‘1902(a)(10)(A)(ii)(XX), or’ after ‘1902(a)(10)(A)(ii)(XIX),’. [<-Struck out]

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TITLE IV--HEALTH INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY

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    [Struck out->] (a) Short Title- This title may be cited as the ‘Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act’ or the ‘HITECH Act’. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (b) Table of Contents of Title- The table of contents of this title is as follows: [<-Struck out]

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‘Sec. 3000. Definitions.

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‘Sec. 3001. Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology.

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‘Sec. 3002. HIT Policy Committee.

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‘Sec. 3003. HIT Standards Committee.

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‘Sec. 3004. Process for adoption of endorsed recommendations; adoption of initial set of standards, implementation specifications, and certification criteria.

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‘Sec. 3005. Application and use of adopted standards and implementation specifications by Federal agencies.

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‘Sec. 3006. Voluntary application and use of adopted standards and implementation specifications by private entities.

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‘Sec. 3007. Federal health information technology.

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‘Sec. 3008. Transitions.

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‘Sec. 3009. Relation to HIPAA privacy and security law.

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‘Sec. 3010. Authorization for appropriations.

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      [Struck out->] Sec. 4102. Technical amendment. [<-Struck out]

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      [Struck out->] Sec. 4111. Coordination of Federal activities with adopted standards and implementation specifications. [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] Sec. 4112. Application to private entities. [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] Sec. 4113. Study and reports. [<-Struck out]

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      [Struck out->] Sec. 4201. National Institute for Standards and Technology testing. [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] Sec. 4202. Research and development programs. [<-Struck out]

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‘Sec. 3011. Immediate funding to strengthen the health information technology infrastructure.

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‘Sec. 3012. Health information technology implementation assistance.

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‘Sec. 3013. State grants to promote health information technology.

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‘Sec. 3014. Competitive grants to States and Indian tribes for the development of loan programs to facilitate the widespread adoption of certified EHR technology.

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‘Sec. 3015. Demonstration program to integrate information technology into clinical education.

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‘Sec. 3016. Information technology professionals on health care.

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‘Sec. 3017. General grant and loan provisions.

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‘Sec. 3018. Authorization for appropriations.

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      [Struck out->] Sec. 4311. Incentives for eligible professionals. [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] Sec. 4312. Incentives for hospitals. [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] Sec. 4313. Treatment of payments and savings; implementation funding. [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] Sec. 4314. Study on application of EHR payment incentives for providers not receiving other incentive payments. [<-Struck out]

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      [Struck out->] Sec. 4321. Medicaid provider HIT adoption and operation payments; implementation funding. [<-Struck out]

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      [Struck out->] Sec. 4401. Application of security provisions and penalties to business associates of covered entities; annual guidance on security provisions. [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] Sec. 4402. Notification in the case of breach. [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] Sec. 4403. Education on Health Information Privacy. [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] Sec. 4404. Application of privacy provisions and penalties to business associates of covered entities. [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] Sec. 4405. Restrictions on certain disclosures and sales of health information; accounting of certain protected health information disclosures; access to certain information in electronic format. [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] Sec. 4406. Conditions on certain contacts as part of health care operations. [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] Sec. 4407. Temporary breach notification requirement for vendors of personal health records and other non-HIPAA covered entities. [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] Sec. 4408. Business associate contracts required for certain entities. [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] Sec. 4409. Clarification of application of wrongful disclosures criminal penalties. [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] Sec. 4410. Improved enforcement. [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] Sec. 4411. Audits. [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] Sec. 4412. Special rule for information to reduce medication errors and improve patient safety. [<-Struck out]

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      [Struck out->] Sec. 4422. Regulatory references. [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] Sec. 4423. Effective date. [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] Sec. 4424. Studies, reports, guidance. [<-Struck out]

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      [Struck out->] Sec. 4501. Moratoria on certain Medicare regulations. [<-Struck out]

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Subtitle A--Promotion of Health Information Technology

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‘TITLE XXX--HEALTH INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY AND QUALITY

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      ‘(1) CERTIFIED EHR TECHNOLOGY- The term ‘certified EHR technology’ means a qualified electronic health record that is certified pursuant to section 3001(c)(5) as meeting standards adopted under section 3004 that are applicable to the type of record involved (as determined by the Secretary, such as an ambulatory electronic health record for office-based physicians or an inpatient hospital electronic health record for hospitals). [<-Struck out]

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      ‘(2) ENTERPRISE INTEGRATION- The term ‘enterprise integration’ means the electronic linkage of health care providers, health plans, the government, and other interested parties, to enable the electronic exchange and use of health information among all the components in the health care infrastructure in accordance with applicable law, and such term includes related application protocols and other related standards. [<-Struck out]

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      ‘(3) HEALTH CARE PROVIDER- The term ‘health care provider’ means a hospital, skilled nursing facility, nursing facility, home health entity or other long term care facility, health care clinic, Federally qualified health center, group practice (as defined in section 1877(h)(4) of the Social Security Act), a pharmacist, a pharmacy, a laboratory, a physician (as defined in section 1861(r) of the Social Security Act), a practitioner (as described in section 1842(b)(18)(C) of the Social Security Act), a provider operated by, or under contract with, the Indian Health Service or by an Indian tribe (as defined in the Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act), tribal organization, or urban Indian organization (as defined in section 4 of the Indian Health Care Improvement Act), a rural health clinic, a covered entity under section 340B, an ambulatory surgical center described in section 1833(i) of the Social Security Act, and any other category of facility or clinician determined appropriate by the Secretary. [<-Struck out]

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      ‘(4) HEALTH INFORMATION- The term ‘health information’ has the meaning given such term in section 1171(4) of the Social Security Act. [<-Struck out]

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      ‘(5) HEALTH INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY- The term ‘health information technology’ means hardware, software, integrated technologies and related licenses, intellectual property, upgrades, and packaged solutions sold as services that are specifically designed for use by health care entities for the electronic creation, maintenance, or exchange of health information. [<-Struck out]

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      ‘(6) HEALTH PLAN- The term ‘health plan’ has the meaning given such term in section 1171(5) of the Social Security Act. [<-Struck out]

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      ‘(7) HIT POLICY COMMITTEE- The term ‘HIT Policy Committee’ means such Committee established under section 3002(a). [<-Struck out]

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      ‘(8) HIT STANDARDS COMMITTEE- The term ‘HIT Standards Committee’ means such Committee established under section 3003(a). [<-Struck out]

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      ‘(9) INDIVIDUALLY IDENTIFIABLE HEALTH INFORMATION- The term ‘individually identifiable health information’ has the meaning given such term in section 1171(6) of the Social Security Act. [<-Struck out]

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      ‘(10) LABORATORY- The term ‘laboratory’ has the meaning given such term in section 353(a). [<-Struck out]

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      ‘(11) NATIONAL COORDINATOR- The term ‘National Coordinator’ means the head of the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology established under section 3001(a). [<-Struck out]

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      ‘(12) PHARMACIST- The term ‘pharmacist’ has the meaning given such term in section 804(2) of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act. [<-Struck out]

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          ‘(iii) to capture and query information relevant to health care quality; and [<-Struck out]

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          ‘(iv) to exchange electronic health information with, and integrate such information from other sources. [<-Struck out]

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      ‘(14) STATE- The term ‘State’ means each of the several States, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, Guam, American Samoa, and the Northern Mariana Islands. [<-Struck out]

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‘Subtitle A--Promotion of Health Information Technology

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‘SEC. 3001. OFFICE OF THE NATIONAL COORDINATOR FOR HEALTH INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY. [<-Struck out]

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    ‘(a) Establishment- There is established within the Department of Health and Human Services an Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (referred to in this section as the ‘Office’). The Office shall be headed by a National Coordinator who shall be appointed by the Secretary and shall report directly to the Secretary. [<-Struck out]

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    ‘(b) Purpose- The National Coordinator shall perform the duties under subsection (c) in a manner consistent with the development of a nationwide health information technology infrastructure that allows for the electronic use and exchange of information and that-- [<-Struck out]

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      ‘(1) ensures that each patient’s health information is secure and protected, in accordance with applicable law; [<-Struck out]

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      ‘(2) improves health care quality, reduces medical errors, reduces health disparities, and advances the delivery of patient-centered medical care; [<-Struck out]

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      ‘(3) reduces health care costs resulting from inefficiency, medical errors, inappropriate care, duplicative care, and incomplete information; [<-Struck out]

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      ‘(4) provides appropriate information to help guide medical decisions at the time and place of care; [<-Struck out]

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      ‘(5) ensures the inclusion of meaningful public input in such development of such infrastructure; [<-Struck out]

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      ‘(6) improves the coordination of care and information among hospitals, laboratories, physician offices, and other entities through an effective infrastructure for the secure and authorized exchange of health care information; [<-Struck out]

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      ‘(7) improves public health activities and facilitates the early identification and rapid response to public health threats and emergencies, including bioterror events and infectious disease outbreaks; [<-Struck out]

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      ‘(8) facilitates health and clinical research and health care quality; [<-Struck out]

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      ‘(9) promotes prevention of chronic diseases; [<-Struck out]

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      ‘(10) promotes a more effective marketplace, greater competition, greater systems analysis, increased consumer choice, and improved outcomes in health care services; and [<-Struck out]

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      ‘(11) improves efforts to reduce health disparities. [<-Struck out]

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    ‘(c) Duties of the National Coordinator- [<-Struck out]

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      ‘(1) STANDARDS- The National Coordinator shall review and determine whether to endorse each standard, implementation specification, and certification criterion for the electronic exchange and use of health information that is recommended by the HIT Standards Committee under section 3003 for purposes of adoption under section 3004. The Coordinator shall make such determination, and report to the Secretary such determination, not later than 45 days after the date the recommendation is received by the Coordinator. [<-Struck out]

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        ‘(A) IN GENERAL- The National Coordinator shall coordinate health information technology policy and programs of the Department with those of other relevant executive branch agencies with a goal of avoiding duplication of efforts and of helping to ensure that each agency undertakes health information technology activities primarily within the areas of its greatest expertise and technical capability and in a manner towards a coordinated national goal. [<-Struck out]

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        ‘(B) HIT POLICY AND STANDARDS COMMITTEES- The National Coordinator shall be a leading member in the establishment and operations of the HIT Policy Committee and the HIT Standards Committee and shall serve as a liaison among those two Committees and the Federal Government. [<-Struck out]

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      ‘(3) STRATEGIC PLAN- [<-Struck out]

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        ‘(A) IN GENERAL- The National Coordinator shall, in consultation with other appropriate Federal agencies (including the National Institute of Standards and Technology), update the Federal Health IT Strategic Plan (developed as of June 3, 2008) to include specific objectives, milestones, and metrics with respect to the following: [<-Struck out]

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          ‘(i) The electronic exchange and use of health information and the enterprise integration of such information. [<-Struck out]

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          ‘(ii) The utilization of an electronic health record for each person in the United States by 2014. [<-Struck out]

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          ‘(iii) The incorporation of privacy and security protections for the electronic exchange of an individual’s individually identifiable health information. [<-Struck out]

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          ‘(iv) Ensuring security methods to ensure appropriate authorization and electronic authentication of health information and specifying technologies or methodologies for rendering health information unusable, unreadable, or indecipherable. [<-Struck out]

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          ‘(v) Specifying a framework for coordination and flow of recommendations and policies under this subtitle among the Secretary, the National Coordinator, the HIT Policy Committee, the HIT Standards Committee, and other health information exchanges and other relevant entities. [<-Struck out]

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          ‘(vi) Methods to foster the public understanding of health information technology. [<-Struck out]

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          ‘(vii) Strategies to enhance the use of health information technology in improving the quality of health care, reducing medical errors, reducing health disparities, improving public health, and improving the continuity of care among health care settings. [<-Struck out]

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        ‘(B) COLLABORATION- The strategic plan shall be updated through collaboration of public and private entities. [<-Struck out]

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        ‘(C) MEASURABLE OUTCOME GOALS- The strategic plan update shall include measurable outcome goals. [<-Struck out]

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        ‘(D) PUBLICATION- The National Coordinator shall republish the strategic plan, including all updates. [<-Struck out]

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      ‘(4) WEBSITE- The National Coordinator shall maintain and frequently update an Internet website on which there is posted information on the work, schedules, reports, recommendations, and other information to ensure transparency in promotion of a nationwide health information technology infrastructure. [<-Struck out]

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      ‘(5) CERTIFICATION- [<-Struck out]

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        ‘(A) IN GENERAL- The National Coordinator, in consultation with the Director of the National Institute of Standards and Technology, shall develop a program (either directly or by contract) for the voluntary certification of health information technology as being in compliance with applicable certification criteria adopted under this subtitle. Such program shall include testing of the technology in accordance with section 4201(b) of the HITECH Act. [<-Struck out]

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        ‘(B) CERTIFICATION CRITERIA DESCRIBED- In this title, the term ‘certification criteria’ means, with respect to standards and implementation specifications for health information technology, criteria to establish that the technology meets such standards and implementation specifications. [<-Struck out]

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      ‘(6) REPORTS AND PUBLICATIONS- [<-Struck out]

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        ‘(A) REPORT ON ADDITIONAL FUNDING OR AUTHORITY NEEDED- Not later than 12 months after the date of the enactment of this title, the National Coordinator shall submit to the appropriate committees of jurisdiction of the House of Representatives and the Senate a report on any additional funding or authority the Coordinator or the HIT Policy Committee or HIT Standards Committee requires to evaluate and develop standards, implementation specifications, and certification criteria, or to achieve full participation of stakeholders in the adoption of a nationwide health information technology infrastructure that allows for the electronic use and exchange of health information. [<-Struck out]

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        ‘(B) IMPLEMENTATION REPORT- The National Coordinator shall prepare a report that identifies lessons learned from major public and private health care systems in their implementation of health information technology, including information on whether the technologies and practices developed by such systems may be applicable to and usable in whole or in part by other health care providers. [<-Struck out]

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        ‘(C) ASSESSMENT OF IMPACT OF HIT ON COMMUNITIES WITH HEALTH DISPARITIES AND UNINSURED, UNDERINSURED, AND MEDICALLY UNDERSERVED AREAS- The National Coordinator shall assess and publish the impact of health information technology in communities with health disparities and in areas with a high proportion of individuals who are uninsured, underinsured, and medically underserved individuals (including urban and rural areas) and identify practices to increase the adoption of such technology by health care providers in such communities. [<-Struck out]

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        ‘(D) EVALUATION OF BENEFITS AND COSTS OF THE ELECTRONIC USE AND EXCHANGE OF HEALTH INFORMATION- The National Coordinator shall evaluate and publish evidence on the benefits and costs of the electronic use and exchange of health information and assess to whom these benefits and costs accrue. [<-Struck out]

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        ‘(E) RESOURCE REQUIREMENTS- The National Coordinator shall estimate and publish resources required annually to reach the goal of utilization of an electronic health record for each person in the United States by 2014, including the required level of Federal funding, expectations for regional, State, and private investment, and the expected contributions by volunteers to activities for the utilization of such records. [<-Struck out]

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      ‘(7) ASSISTANCE- The National Coordinator may provide financial assistance to consumer advocacy groups and not-for-profit entities that work in the public interest for purposes of defraying the cost to such groups and entities to participate under, whether in whole or in part, the National Technology Transfer Act of 1995 (15 U.S.C. 272 note). [<-Struck out]

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      ‘(8) GOVERNANCE FOR NATIONWIDE HEALTH INFORMATION NETWORK- The National Coordinator shall establish a governance mechanism for the nationwide health information network. [<-Struck out]

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    ‘(d) Detail of Federal Employees- [<-Struck out]

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      ‘(1) IN GENERAL- Upon the request of the National Coordinator, the head of any Federal agency is authorized to detail, with or without reimbursement from the Office, any of the personnel of such agency to the Office to assist it in carrying out its duties under this section. [<-Struck out]

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      ‘(2) EFFECT OF DETAIL- Any detail of personnel under paragraph (1) shall-- [<-Struck out]

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        ‘(A) not interrupt or otherwise affect the civil service status or privileges of the Federal employee; and [<-Struck out]

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        ‘(B) be in addition to any other staff of the Department employed by the National Coordinator. [<-Struck out]

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      ‘(3) ACCEPTANCE OF DETAILEES- Notwithstanding any other provision of law, the Office may accept detailed personnel from other Federal agencies without regard to whether the agency described under paragraph (1) is reimbursed. [<-Struck out]

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    ‘(e) Chief Privacy Officer of the Office of the National Coordinator- Not later than 12 months after the date of the enactment of this title, the Secretary shall appoint a Chief Privacy Officer of the Office of the National Coordinator, whose duty it shall be to advise the National Coordinator on privacy, security, and data stewardship of electronic health information and to coordinate with other Federal agencies (and similar privacy officers in such agencies), with State and regional efforts, and with foreign countries with regard to the privacy, security, and data stewardship of electronic individually identifiable health information. [<-Struck out]

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‘SEC. 3002. HIT POLICY COMMITTEE. [<-Struck out]

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    ‘(a) Establishment- There is established a HIT Policy Committee to make policy recommendations to the National Coordinator relating to the implementation of a nationwide health information technology infrastructure, including implementation of the strategic plan described in section 3001(c)(3). [<-Struck out]

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    ‘(b) Duties- [<-Struck out]

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      ‘(1) RECOMMENDATIONS ON HEALTH INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY INFRASTRUCTURE- The HIT Policy Committee shall recommend a policy framework for the development and adoption of a nationwide health information technology infrastructure that permits the electronic exchange and use of health information as is consistent with the strategic plan under section 3001(c)(3) and that includes the recommendations under paragraph (2). The Committee shall update such recommendations and make new recommendations as appropriate. [<-Struck out]

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      ‘(2) SPECIFIC AREAS OF STANDARD DEVELOPMENT- [<-Struck out]

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        ‘(A) IN GENERAL- The HIT Policy Committee shall recommend the areas in which standards, implementation specifications, and certification criteria are needed for the electronic exchange and use of health information for purposes of adoption under section 3004 and shall recommend an order of priority for the development, harmonization, and recognition of such standards, specifications, and certification criteria among the areas so recommended. Such standards and implementation specifications shall include named standards, architectures, and software schemes for the authentication and security of individually identifiable health information and other information as needed to ensure the reproducible development of common solutions across disparate entities. [<-Struck out]

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        ‘(B) AREAS REQUIRED FOR CONSIDERATION- For purposes of subparagraph (A), the HIT Policy Committee shall make recommendations for at least the following areas: [<-Struck out]

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          ‘(i) Technologies that protect the privacy of health information and promote security in a qualified electronic health record, including for the segmentation and protection from disclosure of specific and sensitive individually identifiable health information with the goal of minimizing the reluctance of patients to seek care (or disclose information about a condition) because of privacy concerns, in accordance with applicable law, and for the use and disclosure of limited data sets of such information. [<-Struck out]

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          ‘(ii) A nationwide health information technology infrastructure that allows for the electronic use and accurate exchange of health information. [<-Struck out]

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          ‘(iii) The utilization of a certified electronic health record for each person in the United States by 2014. [<-Struck out]

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          ‘(iv) Technologies that as a part of a qualified electronic health record allow for an accounting of disclosures made by a covered entity (as defined for purposes of regulations promulgated under section 264(c) of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996) for purposes of treatment, payment, and health care operations (as such terms are defined for purposes of such regulations). [<-Struck out]

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          ‘(v) The use of certified electronic health records to improve the quality of health care, such as by promoting the coordination of health care and improving continuity of health care among health care providers, by reducing medical errors, by improving population health, by reducing health disparities, and by advancing research and education. [<-Struck out]

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          ‘(vi) Technologies that allow individually identifiable health information to be rendered unusable, unreadable, or indecipherable to unauthorized individuals when such information is transmitted in the nationwide health information network or physically transported outside of the secured, physical perimeter of a health care provider, health plan, or health care clearinghouse. [<-Struck out]

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        ‘(C) OTHER AREAS FOR CONSIDERATION- In making recommendations under subparagraph (A), the HIT Policy Committee may consider the following additional areas: [<-Struck out]

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          ‘(i) The appropriate uses of a nationwide health information infrastructure, including for purposes of-- [<-Struck out]

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            ‘(I) the collection of quality data and public reporting; [<-Struck out]

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            ‘(II) biosurveillance and public health; [<-Struck out]

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            ‘(III) medical and clinical research; and [<-Struck out]

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            ‘(IV) drug safety. [<-Struck out]

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          ‘(ii) Self-service technologies that facilitate the use and exchange of patient information and reduce wait times. [<-Struck out]

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          ‘(iii) Telemedicine technologies, in order to reduce travel requirements for patients in remote areas. [<-Struck out]

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          ‘(iv) Technologies that facilitate home health care and the monitoring of patients recuperating at home. [<-Struck out]

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          ‘(v) Technologies that help reduce medical errors. [<-Struck out]

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          ‘(vi) Technologies that facilitate the continuity of care among health settings. [<-Struck out]

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          ‘(vii) Technologies that meet the needs of diverse populations. [<-Struck out]

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          ‘(viii) Any other technology that the HIT Policy Committee finds to be among the technologies with the greatest potential to improve the quality and efficiency of health care. [<-Struck out]

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      ‘(3) FORUM- The HIT Policy Committee shall serve as a forum for broad stakeholder input with specific expertise in policies relating to the matters described in paragraphs (1) and (2). [<-Struck out]

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    ‘(c) Membership and Operations- [<-Struck out]

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      ‘(1) IN GENERAL- The National Coordinator shall provide leadership in the establishment and operations of the HIT Policy Committee. [<-Struck out]

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      ‘(2) MEMBERSHIP- The membership of the HIT Policy Committee shall at least reflect providers, ancillary healthcare workers, consumers, purchasers, health plans, technology vendors, researchers, relevant Federal agencies, and individuals with technical expertise on health care quality, privacy and security, and on the electronic exchange and use of health information. [<-Struck out]

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      ‘(3) CONSIDERATION- The National Coordinator shall ensure that the relevant recommendations and comments from the National Committee on Vital and Health Statistics are considered in the development of policies. [<-Struck out]

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    ‘(d) Application of FACA- The Federal Advisory Committee Act (5 U.S.C. App.), other than section 14 of such Act, shall apply to the HIT Policy Committee. [<-Struck out]

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    ‘(e) Publication- The Secretary shall provide for publication in the Federal Register and the posting on the Internet website of the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology of all policy recommendations made by the HIT Policy Committee under this section. [<-Struck out]

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‘SEC. 3003. HIT STANDARDS COMMITTEE. [<-Struck out]

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    ‘(a) Establishment- There is established a committee to be known as the HIT Standards Committee to recommend to the National Coordinator standards, implementation specifications, and certification criteria for the electronic exchange and use of health information for purposes of adoption under section 3004, consistent with the implementation of the strategic plan described in section 3001(c)(3) and beginning with the areas listed in section 3002(b)(2)(B) in accordance with policies developed by the HIT Policy Committee. [<-Struck out]

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    ‘(b) Duties- [<-Struck out]

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      ‘(1) STANDARDS DEVELOPMENT- [<-Struck out]

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        ‘(A) IN GENERAL- The HIT Standards Committee shall recommend to the National Coordinator standards, implementation specifications, and certification criteria described in subsection (a) that have been developed, harmonized, or recognized by the HIT Standards Committee. The HIT Standards Committee shall update such recommendations and make new recommendations as appropriate, including in response to a notification sent under section 3004(a)(2)(B). Such recommendations shall be consistent with the latest recommendations made by the HIT Policy Committee. [<-Struck out]

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        ‘(B) PILOT TESTING OF STANDARDS AND IMPLEMENTATION SPECIFICATIONS- In the development, harmonization, or recognition of standards and implementation specifications, the HIT Standards Committee shall, as appropriate, provide for the testing of such standards and specifications by the National Institute for Standards and Technology under section 4201(a) of the HITECH Act. [<-Struck out]

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        ‘(C) CONSISTENCY- The standards, implementation specifications, and certification criteria recommended under this subsection shall be consistent with the standards for information transactions and data elements adopted pursuant to section 1173 of the Social Security Act. [<-Struck out]

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      ‘(2) FORUM- The HIT Standards Committee shall serve as a forum for the participation of a broad range of stakeholders to provide input on the development, harmonization, and recognition of standards, implementation specifications, and certification criteria necessary for the development and adoption of a nationwide health information technology infrastructure that allows for the electronic use and exchange of health information. [<-Struck out]

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      ‘(3) SCHEDULE- Not later than 90 days after the date of the enactment of this title, the HIT Standards Committee shall develop a schedule for the assessment of policy recommendations developed by the HIT Policy Committee under section 3002. The HIT Standards Committee shall update such schedule annually. The Secretary shall publish such schedule in the Federal Register. [<-Struck out]

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      ‘(4) PUBLIC INPUT- The HIT Standards Committee shall conduct open public meetings and develop a process to allow for public comment on the schedule described in paragraph (3) and recommendations described in this subsection. Under such process comments shall be submitted in a timely manner after the date of publication of a recommendation under this subsection. [<-Struck out]

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    ‘(c) Membership and Operations- [<-Struck out]

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      ‘(1) IN GENERAL- The National Coordinator shall provide leadership in the establishment and operations of the HIT Standards Committee. [<-Struck out]

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      ‘(2) MEMBERSHIP- The membership of the HIT Standards Committee shall at least reflect providers, ancillary healthcare workers, consumers, purchasers, health plans, technology vendors, researchers, relevant Federal agencies, and individuals with technical expertise on health care quality, privacy and security, and on the electronic exchange and use of health information. [<-Struck out]

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      ‘(3) CONSIDERATION- The National Coordinator shall ensure that the relevant recommendations and comments from the National Committee on Vital and Health Statistics are considered in the development of standards. [<-Struck out]

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      ‘(4) ASSISTANCE- For the purposes of carrying out this section, the Secretary may provide or ensure that financial assistance is provided by the HIT Standards Committee to defray in whole or in part any membership fees or dues charged by such Committee to those consumer advocacy groups and not for profit entities that work in the public interest as a part of their mission. [<-Struck out]

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    ‘(d) Application of FACA- The Federal Advisory Committee Act (5 U.S.C. App.), other than section 14, shall apply to the HIT Standards Committee. [<-Struck out]

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    ‘(e) Publication- The Secretary shall provide for publication in the Federal Register and the posting on the Internet website of the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology of all recommendations made by the HIT Standards Committee under this section. [<-Struck out]

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‘SEC. 3004. PROCESS FOR ADOPTION OF ENDORSED RECOMMENDATIONS; ADOPTION OF INITIAL SET OF STANDARDS, IMPLEMENTATION SPECIFICATIONS, AND CERTIFICATION CRITERIA. [<-Struck out]

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    ‘(a) Process for Adoption of Endorsed Recommendations- [<-Struck out]

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      ‘(1) REVIEW OF ENDORSED STANDARDS, IMPLEMENTATION SPECIFICATIONS, AND CERTIFICATION CRITERIA- Not later than 90 days after the date of receipt of standards, implementation specifications, or certification criteria endorsed under section 3001(c), the Secretary, in consultation with representatives of other relevant Federal agencies, shall jointly review such standards, implementation specifications, or certification criteria and shall determine whether or not to propose adoption of such standards, implementation specifications, or certification criteria. [<-Struck out]

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      ‘(2) DETERMINATION TO ADOPT STANDARDS, IMPLEMENTATION SPECIFICATIONS, AND CERTIFICATION CRITERIA- If the Secretary determines-- [<-Struck out]

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        ‘(A) to propose adoption of any grouping of such standards, implementation specifications, or certification criteria, the Secretary shall, by regulation, determine whether or not to adopt such grouping of standards, implementation specifications, or certification criteria; or [<-Struck out]

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        ‘(B) not to propose adoption of any grouping of standards, implementation specifications, or certification criteria, the Secretary shall notify the National Coordinator and the HIT Standards Committee in writing of such determination and the reasons for not proposing the adoption of such recommendation. [<-Struck out]

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      ‘(3) PUBLICATION- The Secretary shall provide for publication in the Federal Register of all determinations made by the Secretary under paragraph (1). [<-Struck out]

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    ‘(b) Adoption of Initial Set of Standards, Implementation Specifications, and Certification Criteria- [<-Struck out]

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      ‘(1) IN GENERAL- Not later than December 31, 2009, the Secretary shall, through the rulemaking process described in section 3004(a), adopt an initial set of standards, implementation specifications, and certification criteria for the areas required for consideration under section 3002(b)(2)(B). [<-Struck out]

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      ‘(2) APPLICATION OF CURRENT STANDARDS, IMPLEMENTATION SPECIFICATIONS, AND CERTIFICATION CRITERIA- The standards, implementation specifications, and certification criteria adopted before the date of the enactment of this title through the process existing through the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology may be applied towards meeting the requirement of paragraph (1). [<-Struck out]

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‘SEC. 3005. APPLICATION AND USE OF ADOPTED STANDARDS AND IMPLEMENTATION SPECIFICATIONS BY FEDERAL AGENCIES. [<-Struck out]

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    ‘For requirements relating to the application and use by Federal agencies of the standards and implementation specifications adopted under section 3004, see section 4111 of the HITECH Act. [<-Struck out]

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‘SEC. 3006. VOLUNTARY APPLICATION AND USE OF ADOPTED STANDARDS AND IMPLEMENTATION SPECIFICATIONS BY PRIVATE ENTITIES. [<-Struck out]

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    ‘(a) In General- Except as provided under section 4112 of the HITECH Act, any standard or implementation specification adopted under section 3004 shall be voluntary with respect to private entities. [<-Struck out]

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    ‘(b) Rule of Construction- Nothing in this subtitle shall be construed to require that a private entity that enters into a contract with the Federal Government apply or use the standards and implementation specifications adopted under section 3004 with respect to activities not related to the contract. [<-Struck out]

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‘SEC. 3007. FEDERAL HEALTH INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY. [<-Struck out]

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    ‘(a) In General- The National Coordinator shall support the development, routine updating, and provision of qualified EHR technology (as defined in section 3000) consistent with subsections (b) and (c) unless the Secretary determines that the needs and demands of providers are being substantially and adequately met through the marketplace. [<-Struck out]

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    ‘(b) Certification- In making such EHR technology publicly available, the National Coordinator shall ensure that the qualified EHR technology described in subsection (a) is certified under the program developed under section 3001(c)(3) to be in compliance with applicable standards adopted under section 3003(a). [<-Struck out]

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    ‘(c) Authorization To Charge a Nominal Fee- The National Coordinator may impose a nominal fee for the adoption by a health care provider of the health information technology system developed or approved under subsection (a) and (b). Such fee shall take into account the financial circumstances of smaller providers, low income providers, and providers located in rural or other medically underserved areas. [<-Struck out]

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    ‘(d) Rule of Construction- Nothing in this section shall be construed to require that a private or government entity adopt or use the technology provided under this section. [<-Struck out]

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‘SEC. 3008. TRANSITIONS. [<-Struck out]

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    ‘(a) ONCHIT- To the extent consistent with section 3001, all functions, personnel, assets, liabilities, and administrative actions applicable to the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology appointed under Executive Order No. 13335 or the Office of such National Coordinator on the date before the date of the enactment of this title shall be transferred to the National Coordinator appointed under section 3001(a) and the Office of such National Coordinator as of the date of the enactment of this title. [<-Struck out]

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    ‘(b) AHIC- [<-Struck out]

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      ‘(1) To the extent consistent with sections 3002 and 3003, all functions, personnel, assets, and liabilities applicable to the AHIC Successor, Inc. doing business as the National eHealth Collaborative as of the day before the date of the enactment of this title shall be transferred to the HIT Policy Committee or the HIT Standards Committee, established under section 3002(a) or 3003(a), as appropriate, as of the date of the enactment of this title. [<-Struck out]

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      ‘(1) ONCHIT- Nothing in section 3001 or subsection (a) shall be construed as requiring the creation of a new entity to the extent that the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology established pursuant to Executive Order No. 13335 is consistent with the provisions of section 3001. [<-Struck out]

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      ‘(2) AHIC- Nothing in sections 3002 or 3003 or subsection (b) shall be construed as prohibiting the AHIC Successor, Inc. doing business as the National eHealth Collaborative from modifying its charter, duties, membership, and any other structure or function required to be consistent with section 3002 and 3003 in a manner that would permit the Secretary to choose to recognize such AHIC Successor, Inc. as the HIT Policy Committee or the HIT Standards Committee. [<-Struck out]

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    ‘(a) In General- With respect to the relation of this title to HIPAA privacy and security law: [<-Struck out]

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      ‘(1) This title may not be construed as having any effect on the authorities of the Secretary under HIPAA privacy and security law. [<-Struck out]

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      ‘(2) The purposes of this title include ensuring that the health information technology standards and implementation specifications adopted under section 3004 take into account the requirements of HIPAA privacy and security law. [<-Struck out]

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      ‘(1) the provisions of part C of title XI of the Social Security Act, section 264 of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996, and subtitle D of title IV of the HITECH Act; and [<-Struck out]

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‘SEC. 3010. AUTHORIZATION FOR APPROPRIATIONS. [<-Struck out]

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    ‘There is authorized to be appropriated to the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology to carry out this subtitle $250,000,000 for fiscal year 2009.’. [<-Struck out]

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    [Struck out->] (a) Spending on Health Information Technology Systems- As each agency (as defined in the Executive order issued on August 22, 2006, relating to promoting quality and efficient health care in Federal government administered or sponsored health care programs) implements, acquires, or upgrades health information technology systems used for the direct exchange of individually identifiable health information between agencies and with non-Federal entities, it shall utilize, where available, health information technology systems and products that meet standards and implementation specifications adopted under section 3004 of the Public Health Service Act, as added by section 4101. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (b) Federal Information Collection Activities- With respect to a standard or implementation specification adopted under section 3004 of the Public Health Service Act, as added by section 4101, the President shall take measures to ensure that Federal activities involving the broad collection and submission of health information are consistent with such standard or implementation specification, respectively, within three years after the date of such adoption. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (c) Application of Definitions- The definitions contained in section 3000 of the Public Health Service Act, as added by section 4101, shall apply for purposes of this part. [<-Struck out]

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    [Struck out->] Each agency (as defined in such Executive Order issued on August 22, 2006, relating to promoting quality and efficient health care in Federal government administered or sponsored health care programs) shall require in contracts or agreements with health care providers, health plans, or health insurance issuers that as each provider, plan, or issuer implements, acquires, or upgrades health information technology systems, it shall utilize, where available, health information technology systems and products that meet standards and implementation specifications adopted under section 3004 of the Public Health Service Act, as added by section 4101. [<-Struck out]

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    [Struck out->] (a) Report on Adoption of Nationwide System- Not later than 2 years after the date of the enactment of this Act and annually thereafter, the Secretary of Health and Human Services shall submit to the appropriate committees of jurisdiction of the House of Representatives and the Senate a report that-- [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (1) describes the specific actions that have been taken by the Federal Government and private entities to facilitate the adoption of a nationwide system for the electronic use and exchange of health information; [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (2) describes barriers to the adoption of such a nationwide system; and [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (3) contains recommendations to achieve full implementation of such a nationwide system. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (b) Reimbursement Incentive Study and Report- [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (1) STUDY- The Secretary of Health and Human Services shall carry out, or contract with a private entity to carry out, a study that examines methods to create efficient reimbursement incentives for improving health care quality in Federally qualified health centers, rural health clinics, and free clinics. [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (2) REPORT- Not later than 2 years after the date of the enactment of this Act, the Secretary of Health and Human Services shall submit to the appropriate committees of jurisdiction of the House of Representatives and the Senate a report on the study carried out under paragraph (1). [<-Struck out]

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      [Struck out->] (1) IN GENERAL- The Secretary of Health and Human Services shall carry out, or contract with a private entity to carry out, a study of matters relating to the potential use of new aging services technology to assist seniors, individuals with disabilities, and their caregivers throughout the aging process. [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (2) MATTERS TO BE STUDIED- The study under paragraph (1) shall include-- [<-Struck out]

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          [Struck out->] (i) methods for identifying current, emerging, and future health technology that can be used to meet the needs of seniors and individuals with disabilities and their caregivers across all aging services settings, as specified by the Secretary; [<-Struck out]

          [Struck out->] (ii) methods for fostering scientific innovation with respect to aging services technology within the business and academic communities; and [<-Struck out]

          [Struck out->] (iii) developments in aging services technology in other countries that may be applied in the United States; and [<-Struck out]

        [Struck out->] (B) identification of-- [<-Struck out]

          [Struck out->] (i) barriers to innovation in aging services technology and devising strategies for removing such barriers; and [<-Struck out]

          [Struck out->] (ii) barriers to the adoption of aging services technology by health care providers and consumers and devising strategies to removing such barriers. [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (3) REPORT- Not later than 24 months after the date of the enactment of this Act, the Secretary shall submit to the appropriate committees of jurisdiction of the House of Representatives and of the Senate a report on the study carried out under paragraph (1). [<-Struck out]

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        [Struck out->] (A) AGING SERVICES TECHNOLOGY- The term ‘aging services technology’ means health technology that meets the health care needs of seniors, individuals with disabilities, and the caregivers of such seniors and individuals. [<-Struck out]

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Subtitle B--Testing of Health Information Technology

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    [Struck out->] (a) Pilot Testing of Standards and Implementation Specifications- In coordination with the HIT Standards Committee established under section 3003 of the Public Health Service Act, as added by section 4101, with respect to the development of standards and implementation specifications under such section, the Director of the National Institute for Standards and Technology shall test such standards and implementation specifications, as appropriate, in order to assure the efficient implementation and use of such standards and implementation specifications. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (b) Voluntary Testing Program- In coordination with the HIT Standards Committee established under section 3003 of the Public Health Service Act, as added by section 4101, with respect to the development of standards and implementation specifications under such section, the Director of the National Institute of Standards and Technology shall support the establishment of a conformance testing infrastructure, including the development of technical test beds. The development of this conformance testing infrastructure may include a program to accredit independent, non-Federal laboratories to perform testing. [<-Struck out]

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      [Struck out->] (1) IN GENERAL- The Director of the National Institute of Standards and Technology, in consultation with the Director of the National Science Foundation and other appropriate Federal agencies, shall establish a program of assistance to institutions of higher education (or consortia thereof which may include nonprofit entities and Federal Government laboratories) to establish multidisciplinary Centers for Health Care Information Enterprise Integration. [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (2) REVIEW; COMPETITION- Grants shall be awarded under this subsection on a merit-reviewed, competitive basis. [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (3) PURPOSE- The purposes of the Centers described in paragraph (1) shall be-- [<-Struck out]

        [Struck out->] (A) to generate innovative approaches to health care information enterprise integration by conducting cutting-edge, multidisciplinary research on the systems challenges to health care delivery; and [<-Struck out]

        [Struck out->] (B) the development and use of health information technologies and other complementary fields. [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (4) RESEARCH AREAS- Research areas may include-- [<-Struck out]

        [Struck out->] (A) interfaces between human information and communications technology systems; [<-Struck out]

        [Struck out->] (B) voice-recognition systems; [<-Struck out]

        [Struck out->] (C) software that improves interoperability and connectivity among health information systems; [<-Struck out]

        [Struck out->] (D) software dependability in systems critical to health care delivery; [<-Struck out]

        [Struck out->] (E) measurement of the impact of information technologies on the quality and productivity of health care; [<-Struck out]

        [Struck out->] (F) health information enterprise management; [<-Struck out]

        [Struck out->] (G) health information technology security and integrity; and [<-Struck out]

        [Struck out->] (H) relevant health information technology to reduce medical errors. [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (5) APPLICATIONS- An institution of higher education (or a consortium thereof) seeking funding under this subsection shall submit an application to the Director of the National Institute of Standards and Technology at such time, in such manner, and containing such information as the Director may require. The application shall include, at a minimum, a description of-- [<-Struck out]

        [Struck out->] (A) the research projects that will be undertaken by the Center established pursuant to assistance under paragraph (1) and the respective contributions of the participating entities; [<-Struck out]

        [Struck out->] (B) how the Center will promote active collaboration among scientists and engineers from different disciplines, such as information technology, biologic sciences, management, social sciences, and other appropriate disciplines; [<-Struck out]

        [Struck out->] (C) technology transfer activities to demonstrate and diffuse the research results, technologies, and knowledge; and [<-Struck out]

        [Struck out->] (D) how the Center will contribute to the education and training of researchers and other professionals in fields relevant to health information enterprise integration. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (b) National Information Technology Research and Development Program- The National High-Performance Computing Program established by section 101 of the High-Performance Computing Act of 1991 (15 U.S.C. 5511) shall coordinate Federal research and development programs related to the development and deployment of health information technology, including activities related to-- [<-Struck out]

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      [Struck out->] (2) data security; [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (3) development of large-scale, distributed, reliable computing systems; [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (4) wired, wireless, and hybrid high-speed networking; [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (5) development of software and software-intensive systems; [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (6) human-computer interaction and information management technologies; and [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (7) the social and economic implications of information technology. [<-Struck out]

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Subtitle C--Incentives for the Use of Health Information Technology

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[Struck out->] SEC. 4301. GRANT, LOAN, AND DEMONSTRATION PROGRAMS. [<-Struck out]

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‘Subtitle B--Incentives for the Use of Health Information Technology

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‘SEC. 3011. IMMEDIATE FUNDING TO STRENGTHEN THE HEALTH INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY INFRASTRUCTURE. [<-Struck out]

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    ‘(a) In General- The Secretary shall, using amounts appropriated under section 3018, invest in the infrastructure necessary to allow for and promote the electronic exchange and use of health information for each individual in the United States consistent with the goals outlined in the strategic plan developed by the National Coordinator (and as available) under section 3001. To the greatest extent practicable, the Secretary shall ensure that any funds so appropriated shall be used for the acquisition of health information technology that meets standards and certification criteria adopted before the date of the enactment of this title until such date as the standards are adopted under section 3004. The Secretary shall invest funds through the different agencies with expertise in such goals, such as the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, the Health Resources and Services Administration, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, the Centers of Medicare & Medicaid Services, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Indian Health Service to support the following: [<-Struck out]

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      ‘(1) Health information technology architecture that will support the nationwide electronic exchange and use of health information in a secure, private, and accurate manner, including connecting health information exchanges, and which may include updating and implementing the infrastructure necessary within different agencies of the Department of Health and Human Services to support the electronic use and exchange of health information. [<-Struck out]

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      ‘(2) Development and adoption of appropriate certified electronic health records for categories of providers, as defined in section 3000, not eligible for support under title XVIII or XIX of the Social Security Act for the adoption of such records. [<-Struck out]

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      ‘(3) Training on and dissemination of information on best practices to integrate health information technology, including electronic health records, into a provider’s delivery of care, consistent with best practices learned from the Health Information Technology Research Center developed under section 3012(b), including community health centers receiving assistance under section 330, covered entities under section 340B, and providers participating in one or more of the programs under titles XVIII, XIX, and XXI of the Social Security Act (relating to Medicare, Medicaid, and the State Children’s Health Insurance Program). [<-Struck out]

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      ‘(4) Infrastructure and tools for the promotion of telemedicine, including coordination among Federal agencies in the promotion of telemedicine. [<-Struck out]

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      ‘(5) Promotion of the interoperability of clinical data repositories or registries. [<-Struck out]

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      ‘(6) Promotion of technologies and best practices that enhance the protection of health information by all holders of individually identifiable health information. [<-Struck out]

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      ‘(7) Improvement and expansion of the use of health information technology by public health departments. [<-Struck out]

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      ‘(8) Provision of $300 million to support regional or sub-national efforts towards health information exchange. [<-Struck out]

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    ‘(b) Coordination- The Secretary shall ensure funds under this section are used in a coordinated manner with other health information promotion activities. [<-Struck out]

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    ‘(c) Additional Use of Funds- In addition to using funds as provided in subsection (a), the Secretary may use amounts appropriated under section 3018 to carry out health information technology activities that are provided for under laws in effect on the date of the enactment of this title. [<-Struck out]

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‘SEC. 3012. HEALTH INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY IMPLEMENTATION ASSISTANCE. [<-Struck out]

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    ‘(a) Health Information Technology Extension Program- To assist health care providers to adopt, implement, and effectively use certified EHR technology that allows for the electronic exchange and use of health information, the Secretary, acting through the Office of the National Coordinator, shall establish a health information technology extension program to provide health information technology assistance services to be carried out through the Department of Health and Human Services. The National Coordinator shall consult with other Federal agencies with demonstrated experience and expertise in information technology services, such as the National Institute of Standards and Technology, in developing and implementing this program. [<-Struck out]

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    ‘(b) Health Information Technology Research Center- [<-Struck out]

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      ‘(1) IN GENERAL- The Secretary shall create a Health Information Technology Research Center (in this section referred to as the ‘Center’) to provide technical assistance and develop or recognize best practices to support and accelerate efforts to adopt, implement, and effectively utilize health information technology that allows for the electronic exchange and use of information in compliance with standards, implementation specifications, and certification criteria adopted under section 3004. [<-Struck out]

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      ‘(2) INPUT- The Center shall incorporate input from-- [<-Struck out]

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        ‘(A) other Federal agencies with demonstrated experience and expertise in information technology services such as the National Institute of Standards and Technology; [<-Struck out]

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        ‘(B) users of health information technology, such as providers and their support and clerical staff and others involved in the care and care coordination of patients, from the health care and health information technology industry; and [<-Struck out]

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        ‘(C) others as appropriate. [<-Struck out]

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      ‘(3) PURPOSES- The purposes of the Center are to-- [<-Struck out]

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        ‘(A) provide a forum for the exchange of knowledge and experience; [<-Struck out]

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        ‘(B) accelerate the transfer of lessons learned from existing public and private sector initiatives, including those currently receiving Federal financial support; [<-Struck out]

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        ‘(C) assemble, analyze, and widely disseminate evidence and experience related to the adoption, implementation, and effective use of health information technology that allows for the electronic exchange and use of information including through the regional centers described in subsection (c); [<-Struck out]

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        ‘(D) provide technical assistance for the establishment and evaluation of regional and local health information networks to facilitate the electronic exchange of information across health care settings and improve the quality of health care; [<-Struck out]

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        ‘(E) provide technical assistance for the development and dissemination of solutions to barriers to the exchange of electronic health information; and [<-Struck out]

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        ‘(F) learn about effective strategies to adopt and utilize health information technology in medically underserved communities. [<-Struck out]

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    ‘(c) Health Information Technology Regional Extension Centers- [<-Struck out]

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      ‘(1) IN GENERAL- The Secretary shall provide assistance for the creation and support of regional centers (in this subsection referred to as ‘regional centers’) to provide technical assistance and disseminate best practices and other information learned from the Center to support and accelerate efforts to adopt, implement, and effectively utilize health information technology that allows for the electronic exchange and use of information in compliance with standards, implementation specifications, and certification criteria adopted under section 3004. Activities conducted under this subsection shall be consistent with the strategic plan developed by the National Coordinator, (and, as available) under section 3001. [<-Struck out]

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      ‘(2) AFFILIATION- Regional centers shall be affiliated with any United States-based nonprofit institution or organization, or group thereof, that applies and is awarded financial assistance under this section. Individual awards shall be decided on the basis of merit. [<-Struck out]

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      ‘(3) OBJECTIVE- The objective of the regional centers is to enhance and promote the adoption of health information technology through-- [<-Struck out]

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        ‘(A) assistance with the implementation, effective use, upgrading, and ongoing maintenance of health information technology, including electronic health records, to healthcare providers nationwide; [<-Struck out]

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        ‘(B) broad participation of individuals from industry, universities, and State governments; [<-Struck out]

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        ‘(C) active dissemination of best practices and research on the implementation, effective use, upgrading, and ongoing maintenance of health information technology, including electronic health records, to health care providers in order to improve the quality of healthcare and protect the privacy and security of health information; [<-Struck out]

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        ‘(D) participation, to the extent practicable, in health information exchanges; [<-Struck out]

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        ‘(E) utilization, when appropriate, of the expertise and capability that exists in Federal agencies other than the Department; and [<-Struck out]

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        ‘(F) integration of health information technology, including electronic health records, into the initial and ongoing training of health professionals and others in the healthcare industry that would be instrumental to improving the quality of healthcare through the smooth and accurate electronic use and exchange of health information. [<-Struck out]

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      ‘(4) REGIONAL ASSISTANCE- Each regional center shall aim to provide assistance and education to all providers in a region, but shall prioritize any direct assistance first to the following: [<-Struck out]

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        ‘(A) Public or not-for-profit hospitals or critical access hospitals. [<-Struck out]

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        ‘(B) Federally qualified health centers (as defined in section 1861(aa)(4) of the Social Security Act). [<-Struck out]

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        ‘(C) Entities that are located in rural and other areas that serve uninsured, underinsured, and medically underserved individuals (regardless of whether such area is urban or rural). [<-Struck out]

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        ‘(D) Individual or small group practices (or a consortium thereof) that are primarily focused on primary care. [<-Struck out]

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      ‘(5) FINANCIAL SUPPORT- The Secretary may provide financial support to any regional center created under this subsection for a period not to exceed four years. The Secretary may not provide more than 50 percent of the capital and annual operating and maintenance funds required to create and maintain such a center, except in an instance of national economic conditions which would render this cost-share requirement detrimental to the program and upon notification to Congress as to the justification to waive the cost-share requirement. [<-Struck out]

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      ‘(6) NOTICE OF PROGRAM DESCRIPTION AND AVAILABILITY OF FUNDS- The Secretary shall publish in the Federal Register, not later than 90 days after the date of the enactment of this title, a draft description of the program for establishing regional centers under this subsection. Such description shall include the following: [<-Struck out]

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        ‘(A) A detailed explanation of the program and the programs goals. [<-Struck out]

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        ‘(B) Procedures to be followed by the applicants. [<-Struck out]

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        ‘(C) Criteria for determining qualified applicants. [<-Struck out]

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        ‘(D) Maximum support levels expected to be available to centers under the program. [<-Struck out]

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      ‘(7) APPLICATION REVIEW- The Secretary shall subject each application under this subsection to merit review. In making a decision whether to approve such application and provide financial support, the Secretary shall consider at a minimum the merits of the application, including those portions of the application regarding-- [<-Struck out]

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        ‘(A) the ability of the applicant to provide assistance under this subsection and utilization of health information technology appropriate to the needs of particular categories of health care providers; [<-Struck out]

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        ‘(B) the types of service to be provided to health care providers; [<-Struck out]

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        ‘(C) geographical diversity and extent of service area; and [<-Struck out]

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        ‘(D) the percentage of funding and amount of in-kind commitment from other sources. [<-Struck out]

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      ‘(8) BIENNIAL EVALUATION- Each regional center which receives financial assistance under this subsection shall be evaluated biennially by an evaluation panel appointed by the Secretary. Each evaluation panel shall be composed of private experts, none of whom shall be connected with the center involved, and of Federal officials. Each evaluation panel shall measure the involved center’s performance against the objective specified in paragraph (3). The Secretary shall not continue to provide funding to a regional center unless its evaluation is overall positive. [<-Struck out]

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      ‘(9) CONTINUING SUPPORT- After the second year of assistance under this subsection, a regional center may receive additional support under this subsection if it has received positive evaluations and a finding by the Secretary that continuation of Federal funding to the center was in the best interest of provision of health information technology extension services. [<-Struck out]

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‘SEC. 3013. STATE GRANTS TO PROMOTE HEALTH INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY. [<-Struck out]

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    ‘(a) In General- The Secretary, acting through the National Coordinator, shall establish a program in accordance with this section to facilitate and expand the electronic movement and use of health information among organizations according to nationally recognized standards. [<-Struck out]

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    ‘(b) Planning Grants- The Secretary may award a grant to a State or qualified State-designated entity (as described in subsection (f)) that submits an application to the Secretary at such time, in such manner, and containing such information as the Secretary may specify, for the purpose of planning activities described in subsection (d). [<-Struck out]

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    ‘(c) Implementation Grants- The Secretary may award a grant to a State or qualified State designated entity that-- [<-Struck out]

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      ‘(1) has submitted, and the Secretary has approved, a plan described in subsection (e) (regardless of whether such plan was prepared using amounts awarded under subsection (b); and [<-Struck out]

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      ‘(2) submits an application at such time, in such manner, and containing such information as the Secretary may specify. [<-Struck out]

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    ‘(d) Use of Funds- Amounts received under a grant under subsection (c) shall be used to conduct activities to facilitate and expand the electronic movement and use of health information among organizations according to nationally recognized standards through activities that include-- [<-Struck out]

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      ‘(1) enhancing broad and varied participation in the authorized and secure nationwide electronic use and exchange of health information; [<-Struck out]

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      ‘(2) identifying State or local resources available towards a nationwide effort to promote health information technology; [<-Struck out]

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      ‘(3) complementing other Federal grants, programs, and efforts towards the promotion of health information technology; [<-Struck out]

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      ‘(4) providing technical assistance for the development and dissemination of solutions to barriers to the exchange of electronic health information; [<-Struck out]

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      ‘(5) promoting effective strategies to adopt and utilize health information technology in medically underserved communities; [<-Struck out]

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      ‘(6) assisting patients in utilizing health information technology; [<-Struck out]

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      ‘(7) encouraging clinicians to work with Health Information Technology Regional Extension Centers as described in section 3012, to the extent they are available and valuable; [<-Struck out]

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      ‘(8) supporting public health agencies’ authorized use of and access to electronic health information; [<-Struck out]

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      ‘(9) promoting the use of electronic health records for quality improvement including through quality measures reporting; and [<-Struck out]

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      ‘(10) such other activities as the Secretary may specify. [<-Struck out]

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    ‘(e) Plan- [<-Struck out]

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      ‘(1) IN GENERAL- A plan described in this subsection is a plan that describes the activities to be carried out by a State or by the qualified State-designated entity within such State to facilitate and expand the electronic movement and use of health information among organizations according to nationally recognized standards and implementation specifications. [<-Struck out]

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      ‘(2) REQUIRED ELEMENTS- A plan described in paragraph (1) shall-- [<-Struck out]

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        ‘(A) be pursued in the public interest; [<-Struck out]

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        ‘(B) be consistent with the strategic plan developed by the National Coordinator, (and, as available) under section 3001; [<-Struck out]

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    ‘(g) Required Consultation- In carrying out activities described in subsections (b) and (c), a State or qualified State-designated entity shall consult with and consider the recommendations of-- [<-Struck out]

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      ‘(9) other users of health information technology such as the support and clerical staff of providers and others involved in the care and care coordination of patients; and [<-Struck out]

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    ‘(h) Continuous Improvement- The Secretary shall annually evaluate the activities conducted under this section and shall, in awarding grants under this section, implement the lessons learned from such evaluation in a manner so that awards made subsequent to each such evaluation are made in a manner that, in the determination of the Secretary, will lead towards the greatest improvement in quality of care, decrease in costs, and the most effective authorized and secure electronic exchange of health information. [<-Struck out]

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      ‘(1) IN GENERAL- For a fiscal year (beginning with fiscal year 2011), the Secretary may not make a grant under this section to a State unless the State agrees to make available non-Federal contributions (which may include in-kind contributions) toward the costs of a grant awarded under subsection (c) in an amount equal to-- [<-Struck out]

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        ‘(A) for fiscal year 2011, not less than $1 for each $10 of Federal funds provided under the grant; [<-Struck out]

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        ‘(C) for fiscal year 2013 and each subsequent fiscal year, not less than $1 for each $3 of Federal funds provided under the grant. [<-Struck out]

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      ‘(2) AUTHORITY TO REQUIRE STATE MATCH FOR FISCAL YEARS BEFORE FISCAL YEAR 2011- For any fiscal year during the grant program under this section before fiscal year 2011, the Secretary may determine the extent to which there shall be required a non-Federal contribution from a State receiving a grant under this section. [<-Struck out]

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    ‘(a) In General- The National Coordinator may award competitive grants to eligible entities for the establishment of programs for loans to health care providers to conduct the activities described in subsection (e). [<-Struck out]

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    ‘(b) Eligible Entity Defined- For purposes of this subsection, the term ‘eligible entity’ means a State or Indian tribe (as defined in the Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act) that-- [<-Struck out]

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      ‘(1) submits to the National Coordinator an application at such time, in such manner, and containing such information as the National Coordinator may require; [<-Struck out]

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      ‘(2) submits to the National Coordinator a strategic plan in accordance with subsection (d) and provides to the National Coordinator assurances that the entity will update such plan annually in accordance with such subsection; [<-Struck out]

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      ‘(3) provides assurances to the National Coordinator that the entity will establish a Loan Fund in accordance with subsection (c); [<-Struck out]

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      ‘(4) provides assurances to the National Coordinator that the entity will not provide a loan from the Loan Fund to a health care provider unless the provider agrees to-- [<-Struck out]

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        ‘(A) submit reports on quality measures adopted by the Federal Government (by not later than 90 days after the date on which such measures are adopted), to-- [<-Struck out]

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          ‘(i) the Administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (or his or her designee), in the case of an entity participating in the Medicare program under title XVIII of the Social Security Act or the Medicaid program under title XIX of such Act; or [<-Struck out]

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          ‘(ii) the Secretary in the case of other entities; [<-Struck out]

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        ‘(B) demonstrate to the satisfaction of the Secretary (through criteria established by the Secretary) that any certified EHR technology purchased, improved, or otherwise financially supported under a loan under this section is used to exchange health information in a manner that, in accordance with law and standards (as adopted under section 3004) applicable to the exchange of information, improves the quality of health care, such as promoting care coordination; and [<-Struck out]

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        ‘(C) comply with such other requirements as the entity or the Secretary may require; [<-Struck out]

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        ‘(D) include a plan on how health care providers involved intend to maintain and support the certified EHR technology over time; [<-Struck out]

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        ‘(E) include a plan on how the health care providers involved intend to maintain and support the certified EHR technology that would be purchased with such loan, including the type of resources expected to be involved and any such other information as the State or Indian Tribe, respectively, may require; and [<-Struck out]

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      ‘(5) agrees to provide matching funds in accordance with subsection (h). [<-Struck out]

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    ‘(c) Establishment of Fund- For purposes of subsection (b)(3), an eligible entity shall establish a certified EHR technology loan fund (referred to in this subsection as a ‘Loan Fund’) and comply with the other requirements contained in this section. A grant to an eligible entity under this section shall be deposited in the Loan Fund established by the eligible entity. No funds authorized by other provisions of this title to be used for other purposes specified in this title shall be deposited in any Loan Fund. [<-Struck out]

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      ‘(1) IN GENERAL- For purposes of subsection (b)(2), a strategic plan of an eligible entity under this subsection shall identify the intended uses of amounts available to the Loan Fund of such entity. [<-Struck out]

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      ‘(2) CONTENTS- A strategic plan under paragraph (1), with respect to a Loan Fund of an eligible entity, shall include for a year the following: [<-Struck out]

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        ‘(A) A list of the projects to be assisted through the Loan Fund during such year. [<-Struck out]

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        ‘(B) A description of the criteria and methods established for the distribution of funds from the Loan Fund during the year. [<-Struck out]

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        ‘(C) A description of the financial status of the Loan Fund as of the date of submission of the plan. [<-Struck out]

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        ‘(D) The short-term and long-term goals of the Loan Fund. [<-Struck out]

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    ‘(e) Use of Funds- Amounts deposited in a Loan Fund, including loan repayments and interest earned on such amounts, shall be used only for awarding loans or loan guarantees, making reimbursements described in subsection (g)(4)(A), or as a source of reserve and security for leveraged loans, the proceeds of which are deposited in the Loan Fund established under subsection (c). Loans under this section may be used by a health care provider to-- [<-Struck out]

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      ‘(1) facilitate the purchase of certified EHR technology; [<-Struck out]

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      ‘(2) enhance the utilization of certified EHR technology; [<-Struck out]

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      ‘(3) train personnel in the use of such technology; or [<-Struck out]

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      ‘(4) improve the secure electronic exchange of health information. [<-Struck out]

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    ‘(f) Types of Assistance- Except as otherwise limited by applicable State law, amounts deposited into a Loan Fund under this section may only be used for the following: [<-Struck out]

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      ‘(1) To award loans that comply with the following: [<-Struck out]

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        ‘(A) The interest rate for each loan shall not exceed the market interest rate. [<-Struck out]

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        ‘(B) The principal and interest payments on each loan shall commence not later than 1 year after the date the loan was awarded, and each loan shall be fully amortized not later than 10 years after the date of the loan. [<-Struck out]

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        ‘(C) The Loan Fund shall be credited with all payments of principal and interest on each loan awarded from the Loan Fund. [<-Struck out]

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      ‘(2) To guarantee, or purchase insurance for, a local obligation (all of the proceeds of which finance a project eligible for assistance under this subsection) if the guarantee or purchase would improve credit market access or reduce the interest rate applicable to the obligation involved. [<-Struck out]

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      ‘(3) As a source of revenue or security for the payment of principal and interest on revenue or general obligation bonds issued by the eligible entity if the proceeds of the sale of the bonds will be deposited into the Loan Fund. [<-Struck out]

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      ‘(4) To earn interest on the amounts deposited into the Loan Fund. [<-Struck out]

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      ‘(5) To make reimbursements described in subsection (g)(4)(A). [<-Struck out]

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    ‘(g) Administration of Loan Funds- [<-Struck out]

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      ‘(1) COMBINED FINANCIAL ADMINISTRATION- An eligible entity may (as a convenience and to avoid unnecessary administrative costs) combine, in accordance with applicable State law, the financial administration of a Loan Fund established under this subsection with the financial administration of any other revolving fund established by the entity if otherwise not prohibited by the law under which the Loan Fund was established. [<-Struck out]

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      ‘(2) COST OF ADMINISTERING FUND- Each eligible entity may annually use not to exceed 4 percent of the funds provided to the entity under a grant under this section to pay the reasonable costs of the administration of the programs under this section, including the recovery of reasonable costs expended to establish a Loan Fund which are incurred after the date of the enactment of this title. [<-Struck out]

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      ‘(3) GUIDANCE AND REGULATIONS- The National Coordinator shall publish guidance and promulgate regulations as may be necessary to carry out the provisions of this section, including-- [<-Struck out]

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        ‘(A) provisions to ensure that each eligible entity commits and expends funds allotted to the entity under this section as efficiently as possible in accordance with this title and applicable State laws; and [<-Struck out]

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        ‘(B) guidance to prevent waste, fraud, and abuse. [<-Struck out]

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      ‘(4) PRIVATE SECTOR CONTRIBUTIONS- [<-Struck out]

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        ‘(A) IN GENERAL- A Loan Fund established under this section may accept contributions from private sector entities, except that such entities may not specify the recipient or recipients of any loan issued under this subsection. An eligible entity may agree to reimburse a private sector entity for any contribution made under this subparagraph, except that the amount of such reimbursement may not be greater than the principal amount of the contribution made. [<-Struck out]

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        ‘(B) AVAILABILITY OF INFORMATION- An eligible entity shall make publicly available the identity of, and amount contributed by, any private sector entity under subparagraph (A) and may issue letters of commendation or make other awards (that have no financial value) to any such entity. [<-Struck out]

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    ‘(h) Matching Requirements- [<-Struck out]

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      ‘(1) IN GENERAL- The National Coordinator may not make a grant under subsection (a) to an eligible entity unless the entity agrees to make available (directly or through donations from public or private entities) non-Federal contributions in cash to the costs of carrying out the activities for which the grant is awarded in an amount equal to not less than $1 for each $5 of Federal funds provided under the grant. [<-Struck out]

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      ‘(2) DETERMINATION OF AMOUNT OF NON-FEDERAL CONTRIBUTION- In determining the amount of non-Federal contributions that an eligible entity has provided pursuant to subparagraph (A), the National Coordinator may not include any amounts provided to the entity by the Federal Government. [<-Struck out]

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    ‘(i) Effective Date- The Secretary may not make an award under this section prior to January 1, 2010. [<-Struck out]

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‘SEC. 3015. DEMONSTRATION PROGRAM TO INTEGRATE INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY INTO CLINICAL EDUCATION. [<-Struck out]

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    ‘(a) In General- The Secretary may award grants under this section to carry out demonstration projects to develop academic curricula integrating certified EHR technology in the clinical education of health professionals. Such awards shall be made on a competitive basis and pursuant to peer review. [<-Struck out]

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    ‘(b) Eligibility- To be eligible to receive a grant under subsection (a), an entity shall-- [<-Struck out]

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      ‘(1) submit to the Secretary an application at such time, in such manner, and containing such information as the Secretary may require; [<-Struck out]

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      ‘(2) submit to the Secretary a strategic plan for integrating certified EHR technology in the clinical education of health professionals to reduce medical errors and enhance health care quality; [<-Struck out]

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      ‘(3) be-- [<-Struck out]

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        ‘(A) a school of medicine, osteopathic medicine, dentistry, or pharmacy, a graduate program in behavioral or mental health, or any other graduate health professions school; [<-Struck out]

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        ‘(B) a graduate school of nursing or physician assistant studies; [<-Struck out]

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        ‘(C) a consortium of two or more schools described in subparagraph (A) or (B); or [<-Struck out]

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        ‘(D) an institution with a graduate medical education program in medicine, osteopathic medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, nursing, or physician assistance studies; [<-Struck out]

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      ‘(4) provide for the collection of data regarding the effectiveness of the demonstration project to be funded under the grant in improving the safety of patients, the efficiency of health care delivery, and in increasing the likelihood that graduates of the grantee will adopt and incorporate certified EHR technology, in the delivery of health care services; and [<-Struck out]

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      ‘(5) provide matching funds in accordance with subsection (d). [<-Struck out]

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    ‘(c) Use of Funds- [<-Struck out]

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      ‘(1) IN GENERAL- With respect to a grant under subsection (a), an eligible entity shall-- [<-Struck out]

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        ‘(A) use grant funds in collaboration with 2 or more disciplines; and [<-Struck out]

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        ‘(B) use grant funds to integrate certified EHR technology into community-based clinical education. [<-Struck out]

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      ‘(2) LIMITATION- An eligible entity shall not use amounts received under a grant under subsection (a) to purchase hardware, software, or services. [<-Struck out]

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    ‘(d) Financial Support- The Secretary may not provide more than 50 percent of the costs of any activity for which assistance is provided under subsection (a), except in an instance of national economic conditions which would render the cost-share requirement under this subsection detrimental to the program and upon notification to Congress as to the justification to waive the cost-share requirement. [<-Struck out]

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    ‘(e) Evaluation- The Secretary shall take such action as may be necessary to evaluate the projects funded under this section and publish, make available, and disseminate the results of such evaluations on as wide a basis as is practicable. [<-Struck out]

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    ‘(f) Reports- Not later than 1 year after the date of enactment of this title, and annually thereafter, the Secretary shall submit to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions and the Committee on Finance of the Senate, and the Committee on Energy and Commerce of the House of Representatives a report that-- [<-Struck out]

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      ‘(1) describes the specific projects established under this section; and [<-Struck out]

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      ‘(2) contains recommendations for Congress based on the evaluation conducted under subsection (e). [<-Struck out]

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‘SEC. 3016. INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY PROFESSIONALS ON HEALTH CARE. [<-Struck out]

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    ‘(a) In General- The Secretary, in consultation with the Director of the National Science Foundation, shall provide assistance to institutions of higher education (or consortia thereof) to establish or expand medical health informatics education programs, including certification, undergraduate, and masters degree programs, for both health care and information technology students to ensure the rapid and effective utilization and development of health information technologies (in the United States health care infrastructure). [<-Struck out]

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    ‘(b) Activities- Activities for which assistance may be provided under subsection (a) may include the following: [<-Struck out]

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      ‘(1) Developing and revising curricula in medical health informatics and related disciplines. [<-Struck out]

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      ‘(2) Recruiting and retaining students to the program involved. [<-Struck out]

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      ‘(3) Acquiring equipment necessary for student instruction in these programs, including the installation of testbed networks for student use. [<-Struck out]

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      ‘(4) Establishing or enhancing bridge programs in the health informatics fields between community colleges and universities. [<-Struck out]

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    ‘(c) Priority- In providing assistance under subsection (a), the Secretary shall give preference to the following: [<-Struck out]

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      ‘(1) Existing education and training programs. [<-Struck out]

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      ‘(2) Programs designed to be completed in less than six months. [<-Struck out]

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    ‘(d) Financial Support- The Secretary may not provide more than 50 percent of the costs of any activity for which assistance is provided under subsection (a), except in an instance of national economic conditions which would render the cost-share requirement under this subsection detrimental to the program and upon notification to Congress as to the justification to waive the cost-share requirement. [<-Struck out]

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‘SEC. 3017. GENERAL GRANT AND LOAN PROVISIONS. [<-Struck out]

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    ‘(a) Reports- The Secretary may require that an entity receiving assistance under this subtitle shall submit to the Secretary, not later than the date that is 1 year after the date of receipt of such assistance, a report that includes-- [<-Struck out]

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      ‘(1) an analysis of the effectiveness of the activities for which the entity receives such assistance, as compared to the goals for such activities; and [<-Struck out]

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      ‘(2) an analysis of the impact of the project on health care quality and safety. [<-Struck out]

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    ‘(b) Requirement to Improve Quality of Care and Decrease in Costs- The National Coordinator shall annually evaluate the activities conducted under this subtitle and shall, in awarding grants, implement the lessons learned from such evaluation in a manner so that awards made subsequent to each such evaluation are made in a manner that, in the determination of the National Coordinator, will result in the greatest improvement in the quality and efficiency of health care. [<-Struck out]

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‘SEC. 3018. AUTHORIZATION FOR APPROPRIATIONS. [<-Struck out]

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    ‘For the purposes of carrying out this subtitle, there is authorized to be appropriated such sums as may be necessary for each of the fiscal years 2009 through 2013. Amounts so appropriated shall remain available until expended.’. [<-Struck out]

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    ‘(o) Incentives for Adoption and Meaningful Use of Certified EHR Technology- [<-Struck out]

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      ‘(1) INCENTIVE PAYMENTS- [<-Struck out]

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        ‘(A) IN GENERAL- Subject to the succeeding subparagraphs of this paragraph, with respect to covered professional services furnished by an eligible professional during a payment year (as defined in subparagraph (E)), if the eligible professional is a meaningful EHR user (as determined under paragraph (2)) for the reporting period with respect to such year, in addition to the amount otherwise paid under this part, there also shall be paid to the eligible professional (or to an employer or facility in the cases described in clause (A) of section 1842(b)(6)), from the Federal Supplementary Medical Insurance Trust Fund established under section 1841 an amount equal to 75 percent of the Secretary’s estimate (based on claims submitted not later than 2 months after the end of the payment year) of the allowed charges under this part for all such covered professional services furnished by the eligible professional during such year. [<-Struck out]

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        ‘(B) LIMITATIONS ON AMOUNTS OF INCENTIVE PAYMENTS- [<-Struck out]

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          ‘(i) IN GENERAL- In no case shall the amount of the incentive payment provided under this paragraph for an eligible professional for a payment year exceed the applicable amount specified under this subparagraph with respect to such eligible professional and such year. [<-Struck out]

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          ‘(ii) AMOUNT- Subject to clause (iii), the applicable amount specified in this subparagraph for an eligible professional is as follows: [<-Struck out]

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            ‘(I) For the first payment year for such professional, $15,000. [<-Struck out]

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            ‘(II) For the second payment year for such professional, $12,000. [<-Struck out]

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            ‘(III) For the third payment year for such professional, $8,000. [<-Struck out]

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            ‘(IV) For the fourth payment year for such professional, $4,000. [<-Struck out]

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            ‘(V) For the fifth payment year for such professional, $2,000. [<-Struck out]

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            ‘(VI) For any succeeding payment year for such professional, $0. [<-Struck out]

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          ‘(iii) PHASE DOWN FOR ELIGIBLE PROFESSIONALS FIRST ADOPTING EHR AFTER 2013- If the first payment year for an eligible professional is after 2013, then the amount specified in this subparagraph for a payment year for such professional is the same as the amount specified in clause (ii) for such payment year for an eligible professional whose first payment year is 2013. If the first payment year for an eligible professional is after 2015 then the applicable amount specified in this subparagraph for such professional for such year and any subsequent year shall be $0. [<-Struck out]

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        ‘(C) NON-APPLICATION TO HOSPITAL-BASED ELIGIBLE PROFESSIONALS- [<-Struck out]

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          ‘(i) IN GENERAL- No incentive payment may be made under this paragraph in the case of a hospital-based eligible professional. [<-Struck out]

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          ‘(ii) HOSPITAL-BASED ELIGIBLE PROFESSIONAL- For purposes of clause (i), the term ‘hospital-based eligible professional’ means, with respect to covered professional services furnished by an eligible professional during the reporting period for a payment year, an eligible professional, such as a pathologist, anesthesiologist, or emergency physician, who furnishes substantially all of such services in a hospital setting (whether inpatient or outpatient) and through the use of the facilities and equipment, including computer equipment, of the hospital. [<-Struck out]

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        ‘(D) PAYMENT- [<-Struck out]

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          ‘(i) FORM OF PAYMENT- The payment under this paragraph may be in the form of a single consolidated payment or in the form of such periodic installments as the Secretary may specify. [<-Struck out]

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          ‘(ii) COORDINATION OF APPLICATION OF LIMITATION FOR PROFESSIONALS IN DIFFERENT PRACTICES- In the case of an eligible professional furnishing covered professional services in more than one practice (as specified by the Secretary), the Secretary shall establish rules to coordinate the incentive payments, including the application of the limitation on amounts of such incentive payments under this paragraph, among such practices. [<-Struck out]

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          ‘(iii) COORDINATION WITH MEDICAID- The Secretary shall seek, to the maximum extent practicable, to avoid duplicative requirements from Federal and State Governments to demonstrate meaningful use of certified EHR technology under this title and title XIX. The Secretary may also adjust the reporting periods under such title and such subsections in order to carry out this clause. [<-Struck out]

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        ‘(E) PAYMENT YEAR DEFINED- [<-Struck out]

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          ‘(i) IN GENERAL- For purposes of this subsection, the term ‘payment year’ means a year beginning with 2011. [<-Struck out]

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          ‘(ii) FIRST, SECOND, ETC. PAYMENT YEAR- The term ‘first payment year’ means, with respect to covered professional services furnished by an eligible professional, the first year for which an incentive payment is made for such services under this subsection. The terms ‘second payment year’, ‘third payment year’, ‘fourth payment year’, and ‘fifth payment year’ mean, with respect to covered professional services furnished by such eligible professional, each successive year immediately following the first payment year for such professional. [<-Struck out]

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      ‘(2) MEANINGFUL EHR USER- [<-Struck out]

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        ‘(A) IN GENERAL- For purposes of paragraph (1), an eligible professional shall be treated as a meaningful EHR user for a reporting period for a payment year (or, for purposes of subsection (a)(7), for a reporting period under such subsection for a year) if each of the following requirements is met: [<-Struck out]

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          ‘(i) MEANINGFUL USE OF CERTIFIED EHR TECHNOLOGY- The eligible professional demonstrates to the satisfaction of the Secretary, in accordance with subparagraph (C)(i), that during such period the professional is using certified EHR technology in a meaningful manner, which shall include the use of electronic prescribing as determined to be appropriate by the Secretary. [<-Struck out]

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          ‘(ii) INFORMATION EXCHANGE- The eligible professional demonstrates to the satisfaction of the Secretary, in accordance with subparagraph (C)(i), that during such period such certified EHR technology is connected in a manner that provides, in accordance with law and standards applicable to the exchange of information, for the electronic exchange of health information to improve the quality of health care, such as promoting care coordination. [<-Struck out]

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          ‘(iii) REPORTING ON MEASURES USING EHR- Subject to subparagraph (B)(ii) and using such certified EHR technology, the eligible professional submits information for such period, in a form and manner specified by the Secretary, on such clinical quality measures and such other measures as selected by the Secretary under subparagraph (B)(i). [<-Struck out]

        [Struck out->] The Secretary may provide for the use of alternative means for meeting the requirements of clauses (i), (ii), and (iii) in the case of an eligible professional furnishing covered professional services in a group practice (as defined by the Secretary). The Secretary shall seek to improve the use of electronic health records and health care quality over time by requiring more stringent measures of meaningful use selected under this paragraph. [<-Struck out]

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        ‘(B) REPORTING ON MEASURES- [<-Struck out]

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          ‘(i) SELECTION- The Secretary shall select measures for purposes of subparagraph (A)(iii) but only consistent with the following: [<-Struck out]

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            ‘(I) The Secretary shall provide preference to clinical quality measures that have been endorsed by the entity with a contract with the Secretary under section 1890(a). [<-Struck out]

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            ‘(II) Prior to any measure being selected under this subparagraph, the Secretary shall publish in the Federal Register such measure and provide for a period of public comment on such measure. [<-Struck out]

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          ‘(ii) LIMITATION- The Secretary may not require the electronic reporting of information on clinical quality measures under subparagraph (A)(iii) unless the Secretary has the capacity to accept the information electronically, which may be on a pilot basis. [<-Struck out]

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          ‘(iii) COORDINATION OF REPORTING OF INFORMATION- In selecting such measures, and in establishing the form and manner for reporting measures under subparagraph (A)(iii), the Secretary shall seek to avoid redundant or duplicative reporting otherwise required, including reporting under subsection (k)(2)(C). [<-Struck out]

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        ‘(C) DEMONSTRATION OF MEANINGFUL USE OF CERTIFIED EHR TECHNOLOGY AND INFORMATION EXCHANGE- [<-Struck out]

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          ‘(i) IN GENERAL- A professional may satisfy the demonstration requirement of clauses (i) and (ii) of subparagraph (A) through means specified by the Secretary, which may include-- [<-Struck out]

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            ‘(I) an attestation; [<-Struck out]

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            ‘(II) the submission of claims with appropriate coding (such as a code indicating that a patient encounter was documented using certified EHR technology); [<-Struck out]

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            ‘(III) a survey response; [<-Struck out]

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            ‘(IV) reporting under subparagraph (A)(iii); and [<-Struck out]

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            ‘(V) other means specified by the Secretary. [<-Struck out]

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          ‘(ii) USE OF PART D DATA- Notwithstanding sections 1860D-15(d)(2)(B) and 1860D-15(f)(2), the Secretary may use data regarding drug claims submitted for purposes of section 1860D-15 that are necessary for purposes of subparagraph (A). [<-Struck out]

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      ‘(3) APPLICATION- [<-Struck out]

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        ‘(A) PHYSICIAN REPORTING SYSTEM RULES- Paragraphs (5), (6), and (8) of subsection (k) shall apply for purposes of this subsection in the same manner as they apply for purposes of such subsection. [<-Struck out]

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        ‘(B) COORDINATION WITH OTHER PAYMENTS- The provisions of this subsection shall not be taken into account in applying the provisions of subsection (m) of this section and of section 1833(m) and any payment under such provisions shall not be taken into account in computing allowable charges under this subsection. [<-Struck out]

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        ‘(C) LIMITATIONS ON REVIEW- There shall be no administrative or judicial review under section 1869, section 1878, or otherwise of the determination of any incentive payment under this subsection and the payment adjustment under subsection (a)(7), including the determination of a meaningful EHR user under paragraph (2), a limitation under paragraph (1)(B), and the exception under subsection (a)(7)(B). [<-Struck out]

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        ‘(D) POSTING ON WEBSITE- The Secretary shall post on the Internet website of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, in an easily understandable format, a list of the names, business addresses, and business phone numbers of the eligible professionals who are meaningful EHR users and, as determined appropriate by the Secretary, of group practices receiving incentive payments under paragraph (1). [<-Struck out]

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      ‘(4) CERTIFIED EHR TECHNOLOGY DEFINED- For purposes of this section, the term ‘certified EHR technology’ means a qualified electronic health record (as defined in 3000(13) of the Public Health Service Act) that is certified pursuant to section 3001(c)(5) of such Act as meeting standards adopted under section 3004 of such Act that are applicable to the type of record involved (as determined by the Secretary, such as an ambulatory electronic health record for office-based physicians or an inpatient hospital electronic health record for hospitals). [<-Struck out]

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      ‘(5) DEFINITIONS- For purposes of this subsection: [<-Struck out]

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        ‘(A) COVERED PROFESSIONAL SERVICES- The term ‘covered professional services’ has the meaning given such term in subsection (k)(3). [<-Struck out]

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        ‘(B) ELIGIBLE PROFESSIONAL- The term ‘eligible professional’ means a physician, as defined in section 1861(r). [<-Struck out]

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        ‘(C) REPORTING PERIOD- The term ‘reporting period’ means any period (or periods), with respect to a payment year, as specified by the Secretary.’. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (b) Incentive Payment Adjustment- Section 1848(a) of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 1395w-4(a)) is amended by adding at the end the following new paragraph: [<-Struck out]

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      ‘(7) INCENTIVES FOR MEANINGFUL USE OF CERTIFIED EHR TECHNOLOGY- [<-Struck out]

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        ‘(A) ADJUSTMENT- [<-Struck out]

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          ‘(i) IN GENERAL- Subject to subparagraphs (B) and (D), with respect to covered professional services furnished by an eligible professional during 2016 or any subsequent payment year, if the eligible professional is not a meaningful EHR user (as determined under subsection (o)(2)) for a reporting period for the year, the fee schedule amount for such services furnished by such professional during the year (including the fee schedule amount for purposes of determining a payment based on such amount) shall be equal to the applicable percent of the fee schedule amount that would otherwise apply to such services under this subsection (determined after application of paragraph (3) but without regard to this paragraph). [<-Struck out]

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          ‘(ii) APPLICABLE PERCENT- Subject to clause (iii), for purposes of clause (i), the term ‘applicable percent’ means-- [<-Struck out]

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            ‘(I) for 2016, 99 percent; [<-Struck out]

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            ‘(II) for 2017, 98 percent; and [<-Struck out]

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            ‘(III) for 2018 and each subsequent year, 97 percent. [<-Struck out]

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          ‘(iii) AUTHORITY TO DECREASE APPLICABLE PERCENTAGE FOR 2019 AND SUBSEQUENT YEARS- For 2019 and each subsequent year, if the Secretary finds that the proportion of eligible professionals who are meaningful EHR users (as determined under subsection (o)(2)) is less than 75 percent, the applicable percent shall be decreased by 1 percentage point from the applicable percent in the preceding year, but in no case shall the applicable percent be less than 95 percent. [<-Struck out]

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        ‘(B) SIGNIFICANT HARDSHIP EXCEPTION- The Secretary may, on a case-by-case basis, exempt an eligible professional from the application of the payment adjustment under subparagraph (A) if the Secretary determines, subject to annual renewal, that compliance with the requirement for being a meaningful EHR user would result in a significant hardship, such as in the case of an eligible professional who practices in a rural area without sufficient Internet access. In no case may an eligible professional be granted an exemption under this subparagraph for more than 5 years. [<-Struck out]

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        ‘(C) APPLICATION OF PHYSICIAN REPORTING SYSTEM RULES- Paragraphs (5), (6), and (8) of subsection (k) shall apply for purposes of this paragraph in the same manner as they apply for purposes of such subsection. [<-Struck out]

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        ‘(D) NON-APPLICATION TO HOSPITAL-BASED ELIGIBLE PROFESSIONALS- No payment adjustment may be made under subparagraph (A) in the case of hospital-based eligible professionals (as defined in subsection (o)(1)(C)(ii)). [<-Struck out]

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        ‘(E) DEFINITIONS- For purposes of this paragraph: [<-Struck out]

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          ‘(i) COVERED PROFESSIONAL SERVICES- The term ‘covered professional services’ has the meaning given such term in subsection (k)(3). [<-Struck out]

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          ‘(ii) ELIGIBLE PROFESSIONAL- The term ‘eligible professional’ means a physician, as defined in section 1861(r). [<-Struck out]

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          ‘(iii) REPORTING PERIOD- The term ‘reporting period’ means, with respect to a year, a period specified by the Secretary.’. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (c) Application to Certain HMO-Affiliated Eligible Professionals- Section 1853 of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 1395w-23) is amended by adding at the end the following new subsection: [<-Struck out]

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    ‘(l) Application of Eligible Professional Incentives for Certain MA Organizations for Adoption and Meaningful Use of Certified EHR Technology- [<-Struck out]

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      ‘(1) IN GENERAL- Subject to paragraphs (3) and (4), in the case of a qualifying MA organization, the provisions of sections 1848(o) and 1848(a)(7) shall apply with respect to eligible professionals described in paragraph (2) of the organization who the organization attests under paragraph (6) to be meaningful EHR users in a similar manner as they apply to eligible professionals under such sections. Incentive payments under paragraph (3) shall be made to and payment adjustments under paragraph (4) shall apply to such qualifying organizations. [<-Struck out]

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      ‘(2) ELIGIBLE PROFESSIONAL DESCRIBED- With respect to a qualifying MA organization, an eligible professional described in this paragraph is an eligible professional (as defined for purposes of section 1848(o)) who-- [<-Struck out]

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        ‘(A)(i) is employed by the organization; or [<-Struck out]

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        ‘(ii)(I) is employed by, or is a partner of, an entity that through contract with the organization furnishes at least 80 percent of the entity’s patient care services to enrollees of such organization; and [<-Struck out]

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        ‘(II) furnishes at least 80 percent of the professional services of the eligible professional to enrollees of the organization; and [<-Struck out]

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        ‘(B) furnishes, on average, at least 20 hours per week of patient care services. [<-Struck out]

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      ‘(3) ELIGIBLE PROFESSIONAL INCENTIVE PAYMENTS- [<-Struck out]

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        ‘(A) IN GENERAL- In applying section 1848(o) under paragraph (1), instead of the additional payment amount under section 1848(o)(1)(A) and subject to subparagraph (B), the Secretary may substitute an amount determined by the Secretary to the extent feasible and practical to be similar to the estimated amount in the aggregate that would be payable if payment for services furnished by such professionals was payable under part B instead of this part. [<-Struck out]

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        ‘(B) AVOIDING DUPLICATION OF PAYMENTS- [<-Struck out]

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          ‘(i) IN GENERAL- If an eligible professional described in paragraph (2) is eligible for the maximum incentive payment under section 1848(o)(1)(A) for the same payment period, the payment incentive shall be made only under such section and not under this subsection. [<-Struck out]

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          ‘(ii) METHODS- In the case of an eligible professional described in paragraph (2) who is eligible for an incentive payment under section 1848(o)(1)(A) but is not described in clause (i) for the same payment period, the Secretary shall develop a process-- [<-Struck out]

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            ‘(I) to ensure that duplicate payments are not made with respect to an eligible professional both under this subsection and under section 1848(o)(1)(A); and [<-Struck out]

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            ‘(II) to collect data from Medicare Advantage organizations to ensure against such duplicate payments. [<-Struck out]

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        ‘(C) FIXED SCHEDULE FOR APPLICATION OF LIMITATION ON INCENTIVE PAYMENTS FOR ALL ELIGIBLE PROFESSIONALS- In applying section 1848(o)(1)(B)(ii) under subparagraph (A), in accordance with rules specified by the Secretary, a qualifying MA organization shall specify a year (not earlier than 2011) that shall be treated as the first payment year for all eligible professionals with respect to such organization. [<-Struck out]

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      ‘(4) PAYMENT ADJUSTMENT- [<-Struck out]

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        ‘(A) IN GENERAL- In applying section 1848(a)(7) under paragraph (1), instead of the payment adjustment being an applicable percent of the fee schedule amount for a year under such section, subject to subparagraph (D), the payment adjustment under paragraph (1) shall be equal to the percent specified in subparagraph (B) for such year of the payment amount otherwise provided under this section for such year. [<-Struck out]

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        ‘(B) SPECIFIED PERCENT- The percent specified under this subparagraph for a year is 100 percent minus a number of percentage points equal to the product of-- [<-Struck out]

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          ‘(i) the number of percentage points by which the applicable percent (under section 1848(a)(7)(A)(ii)) for the year is less than 100 percent; and [<-Struck out]

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          ‘(ii) the Medicare physician expenditure proportion specified in subparagraph (C) for the year. [<-Struck out]

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        ‘(C) MEDICARE PHYSICIAN EXPENDITURE PROPORTION- The Medicare physician expenditure proportion under this subparagraph for a year is the Secretary’s estimate of the proportion, of the expenditures under parts A and B that are not attributable to this part, that are attributable to expenditures for physicians’ services. [<-Struck out]

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        ‘(D) APPLICATION OF PAYMENT ADJUSTMENT- In the case that a qualifying MA organization attests that not all eligible professionals are meaningful EHR users with respect to a year, the Secretary shall apply the payment adjustment under this paragraph based on the proportion of such eligible professionals that are not meaningful EHR users for such year. [<-Struck out]

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      ‘(5) QUALIFYING MA ORGANIZATION DEFINED- In this subsection and subsection (m), the term ‘qualifying MA organization’ means a Medicare Advantage organization that is organized as a health maintenance organization (as defined in section 2791(b)(3) of the Public Health Service Act). [<-Struck out]

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      ‘(6) MEANINGFUL EHR USER ATTESTATION- For purposes of this subsection and subsection (m), a qualifying MA organization shall submit an attestation, in a form and manner specified by the Secretary which may include the submission of such attestation as part of submission of the initial bid under section 1854(a)(1)(A)(iv), identifying-- [<-Struck out]

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        ‘(A) whether each eligible professional described in paragraph (2), with respect to such organization is a meaningful EHR user (as defined in section 1848(o)(2)) for a year specified by the Secretary; and [<-Struck out]

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        ‘(B) whether each eligible hospital described in subsection (m)(1), with respect to such organization, is a meaningful EHR user (as defined in section 1886(n)(3)) for an applicable period specified by the Secretary.’. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (d) Conforming Amendments- Section 1853 of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 1395w-23) is amended-- [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (1) in subsection (a)(1)(A), by striking ‘and (i)’ and inserting ‘(i), and (l)’; [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (2) in subsection (c)-- [<-Struck out]

        [Struck out->] (A) in paragraph (1)(D)(i), by striking ‘section 1886(h)’ and inserting ‘sections 1848(o) and 1886(h)’; and [<-Struck out]

        [Struck out->] (B) in paragraph (6)(A), by inserting after ‘under part B,’ the following: ‘excluding expenditures attributable to subsections (a)(7) and (o) of section 1848,’; and [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (3) in subsection (f), by inserting ‘and for payments under subsection (l)’ after ‘with the organization’. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (e) Conforming Amendments to e-Prescribing- [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (1) Section 1848(a)(5)(A) of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 1395w-4(a)(5)(A)) is amended-- [<-Struck out]

        [Struck out->] (A) in clause (i), by striking ‘or any subsequent year’ and inserting ‘, 2013, 2014, or 2015’; and [<-Struck out]

        [Struck out->] (B) in clause (ii), by striking ‘and each subsequent year’ and inserting ‘and 2015’. [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (2) Section 1848(m)(2) of such Act (42 U.S.C. 1395w-4(m)(2)) is amended-- [<-Struck out]

        [Struck out->] (A) in subparagraph (A), by striking ‘For 2009’ and inserting ‘Subject to subparagraph (D), for 2009’; and [<-Struck out]

        [Struck out->] (B) by adding at the end the following new subparagraph: [<-Struck out]

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        ‘(D) LIMITATION WITH RESPECT TO EHR INCENTIVE PAYMENTS- The provisions of this paragraph shall not apply to an eligible professional (or, in the case of a group practice under paragraph (3)(C), to the group practice) if, for the reporting period the eligible professional (or group practice) receives an incentive payment under subsection (o)(1)(A) with respect to a certified EHR technology (as defined in subsection (o)(4)) that has the capability of electronic prescribing.’. [<-Struck out]

[Struck out->] SEC. 4312. INCENTIVES FOR HOSPITALS. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (a) Incentive Payment- Section 1886 of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 1395ww) is amended by adding at the end the following new subsection: [<-Struck out]

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    ‘(n) Incentives for Adoption and Meaningful Use of Certified EHR Technology- [<-Struck out]

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      ‘(1) IN GENERAL- Subject to the succeeding provisions of this subsection, with respect to inpatient hospital services furnished by an eligible hospital during a payment year (as defined in paragraph (2)(G)), if the eligible hospital is a meaningful EHR user (as determined under paragraph (3)) for the reporting period with respect to such year, in addition to the amount otherwise paid under this section, there also shall be paid to the eligible hospital, from the Federal Hospital Insurance Trust Fund established under section 1817, an amount equal to the applicable amount specified in paragraph (2)(A) for the hospital for such payment year. [<-Struck out]

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      ‘(2) PAYMENT AMOUNT- [<-Struck out]

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        ‘(A) IN GENERAL- Subject to the succeeding subparagraphs of this paragraph, the applicable amount specified in this subparagraph for an eligible hospital for a payment year is equal to the product of the following: [<-Struck out]

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          ‘(i) INITIAL AMOUNT- The sum of-- [<-Struck out]

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            ‘(I) the base amount specified in subparagraph (B); plus [<-Struck out]

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            ‘(II) the discharge related amount specified in subparagraph (C) for a 12-month period selected by the Secretary with respect to such payment year. [<-Struck out]

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          ‘(ii) MEDICARE SHARE- The Medicare share as specified in subparagraph (D) for the hospital for a period selected by the Secretary with respect to such payment year. [<-Struck out]

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          ‘(iii) TRANSITION FACTOR- The transition factor specified in subparagraph (E) for the hospital for the payment year. [<-Struck out]

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        ‘(B) BASE AMOUNT- The base amount specified in this subparagraph is $2,000,000. [<-Struck out]

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        ‘(C) DISCHARGE RELATED AMOUNT- The discharge related amount specified in this subparagraph for a 12-month period selected by the Secretary shall be determined as the sum of the amount, based upon total discharges (regardless of any source of payment) for the period, for each discharge up to the 23,000th discharge as follows: [<-Struck out]

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          ‘(i) For the 1,150th through the 23,000th discharge, $200. [<-Struck out]

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          ‘(ii) For any discharge greater than the 23,000th, $0. [<-Struck out]

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        ‘(D) MEDICARE SHARE- The Medicare share specified under this subparagraph for a hospital for a period selected by the Secretary for a payment year is equal to the fraction-- [<-Struck out]

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          ‘(i) the numerator of which is the sum (for such period and with respect to the hospital) of-- [<-Struck out]

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            ‘(I) the number of inpatient-bed-days (as established by the Secretary) which are attributable to individuals with respect to whom payment may be made under part A; and [<-Struck out]

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            ‘(II) the number of inpatient-bed-days (as so established) which are attributable to individuals who are enrolled with a Medicare Advantage organization under part C; and [<-Struck out]

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          ‘(ii) the denominator of which is the product of-- [<-Struck out]

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            ‘(I) the total number of inpatient-bed-days with respect to the hospital during such period; and [<-Struck out]

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            ‘(II) the total amount of the hospital’s charges during such period, not including any charges that are attributable to charity care (as such term is used for purposes of hospital cost reporting under this title), divided by the total amount of the hospital’s charges during such period. [<-Struck out]

        [Struck out->] Insofar as the Secretary determines that data are not available on charity care necessary to calculate the portion of the formula specified in clause (ii)(II), the Secretary shall use data on uncompensated care and may adjust such data so as to be an appropriate proxy for charity care including a downward adjustment to eliminate bad debt data from uncompensated care data. In the absence of the data necessary, with respect to a hospital, for the Secretary to compute the amount described in clause (ii)(II), the amount under such clause shall be deemed to be 1. In the absence of data, with respect to a hospital, necessary to compute the amount described in clause (i)(II), the amount under such clause shall be deemed to be 0. [<-Struck out]

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        ‘(E) TRANSITION FACTOR SPECIFIED- [<-Struck out]

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          ‘(i) IN GENERAL- Subject to clause (ii), the transition factor specified in this subparagraph for an eligible hospital for a payment year is as follows: [<-Struck out]

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            ‘(I) For the first payment year for such hospital, 1. [<-Struck out]

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            ‘(II) For the second payment year for such hospital, 3/4 . [<-Struck out]

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            ‘(III) For the third payment year for such hospital, 1/2 . [<-Struck out]

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            ‘(IV) For the fourth payment year for such hospital, 1/4 . [<-Struck out]

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            ‘(V) For any succeeding payment year for such hospital, 0. [<-Struck out]

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          ‘(ii) PHASE DOWN FOR ELIGIBLE HOSPITALS FIRST ADOPTING EHR AFTER 2013- If the first payment year for an eligible hospital is after 2013, then the transition factor specified in this subparagraph for a payment year for such hospital is the same as the amount specified in clause (i) for such payment year for an eligible hospital for which the first payment year is 2013. If the first payment year for an eligible hospital is after 2015 then the transition factor specified in this subparagraph for such hospital and for such year and any subsequent year shall be 0. [<-Struck out]

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        ‘(F) FORM OF PAYMENT- The payment under this subsection for a payment year may be in the form of a single consolidated payment or in the form of such periodic installments as the Secretary may specify. [<-Struck out]

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        ‘(G) PAYMENT YEAR DEFINED- [<-Struck out]

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          ‘(i) IN GENERAL- For purposes of this subsection, the term ‘payment year’ means a fiscal year beginning with fiscal year 2011. [<-Struck out]

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          ‘(ii) FIRST, SECOND, ETC. PAYMENT YEAR- The term ‘first payment year’ means, with respect to inpatient hospital services furnished by an eligible hospital, the first fiscal year for which an incentive payment is made for such services under this subsection. The terms ‘second payment year’, ‘third payment year’, and ‘fourth payment year’ mean, with respect to an eligible hospital, each successive year immediately following the first payment year for that hospital. [<-Struck out]

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      ‘(3) MEANINGFUL EHR USER- [<-Struck out]

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        ‘(A) IN GENERAL- For purposes of paragraph (1), an eligible hospital shall be treated as a meaningful EHR user for a reporting period for a payment year (or, for purposes of subsection (b)(3)(B)(ix), for a reporting period under such subsection for a fiscal year) if each of the following requirements are met: [<-Struck out]

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          ‘(i) MEANINGFUL USE OF CERTIFIED EHR TECHNOLOGY- The eligible hospital demonstrates to the satisfaction of the Secretary, in accordance with subparagraph (C)(i), that during such period the hospital is using certified EHR technology in a meaningful manner. [<-Struck out]

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          ‘(ii) INFORMATION EXCHANGE- The eligible hospital demonstrates to the satisfaction of the Secretary, in accordance with subparagraph (C)(i), that during such period such certified EHR technology is connected in a manner that provides, in accordance with law and standards applicable to the exchange of information, for the electronic exchange of health information to improve the quality of health care, such as promoting care coordination. [<-Struck out]

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          ‘(iii) REPORTING ON MEASURES USING EHR- Subject to subparagraph (B)(ii) and using such certified EHR technology, the eligible hospital submits information for such period, in a form and manner specified by the Secretary, on such clinical quality measures and such other measures as selected by the Secretary under subparagraph (B)(i). [<-Struck out]

        [Struck out->] The Secretary shall seek to improve the use of electronic health records and health care quality over time by requiring more stringent measures of meaningful use selected under this paragraph. [<-Struck out]

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        ‘(B) REPORTING ON MEASURES- [<-Struck out]

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          ‘(i) SELECTION- The Secretary shall select measures for purposes of subparagraph (A)(iii) but only consistent with the following: [<-Struck out]

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            ‘(I) The Secretary shall provide preference to clinical quality measures that have been selected for purposes of applying subsection (b)(3)(B)(viii) or that have been endorsed by the entity with a contract with the Secretary under section 1890(a). [<-Struck out]

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            ‘(II) Prior to any measure (other than a clinical quality measure that has been selected for purposes of applying subsection (b)(3)(B)(viii)) being selected under this subparagraph, the Secretary shall publish in the Federal Register such measure and provide for a period of public comment on such measure. [<-Struck out]

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          ‘(ii) LIMITATIONS- The Secretary may not require the electronic reporting of information on clinical quality measures under subparagraph (A)(iii) unless the Secretary has the capacity to accept the information electronically, which may be on a pilot basis. [<-Struck out]

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          ‘(iii) COORDINATION OF REPORTING OF INFORMATION- In selecting such measures, and in establishing the form and manner for reporting measures under subparagraph (A)(iii), the Secretary shall seek to avoid redundant or duplicative reporting with reporting otherwise required, including reporting under subsection (b)(3)(B)(viii). [<-Struck out]

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        ‘(C) DEMONSTRATION OF MEANINGFUL USE OF CERTIFIED EHR TECHNOLOGY AND INFORMATION EXCHANGE- [<-Struck out]

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          ‘(i) IN GENERAL- A hospital may satisfy the demonstration requirement of clauses (i) and (ii) of subparagraph (A) through means specified by the Secretary, which may include-- [<-Struck out]

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            ‘(I) an attestation; [<-Struck out]

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            ‘(II) the submission of claims with appropriate coding (such as a code indicating that inpatient care was documented using certified EHR technology); [<-Struck out]

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            ‘(III) a survey response; [<-Struck out]

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            ‘(IV) reporting under subparagraph (A)(iii); and [<-Struck out]

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            ‘(V) other means specified by the Secretary. [<-Struck out]

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          ‘(ii) USE OF PART D DATA- Notwithstanding sections 1860D-15(d)(2)(B) and 1860D-15(f)(2), the Secretary may use data regarding drug claims submitted for purposes of section 1860D-15 that are necessary for purposes of subparagraph (A). [<-Struck out]

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      ‘(4) APPLICATION- [<-Struck out]

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        ‘(A) LIMITATIONS ON REVIEW- There shall be no administrative or judicial review under section 1869, section 1878, or otherwise of the determination of any incentive payment under this subsection and the payment adjustment under subsection (b)(3)(B)(ix), including the determination of a meaningful EHR user under paragraph (3), determination of measures applicable to services furnished by eligible hospitals under this subsection, and the exception under subsection (b)(3)(B)(ix)(II). [<-Struck out]

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        ‘(B) POSTING ON WEBSITE- The Secretary shall post on the Internet website of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, in an easily understandable format, a list of the names of the eligible hospitals that are meaningful EHR users under this subsection or subsection (b)(3)(B)(ix) and other relevant data as determined appropriate by the Secretary. The Secretary shall ensure that a hospital has the opportunity to review the other relevant data that are to be made public with respect to the hospital prior to such data being made public. [<-Struck out]

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      ‘(5) CERTIFIED EHR TECHNOLOGY DEFINED- The term ‘certified EHR technology’ has the meaning given such term in section 1848(o)(4). [<-Struck out]

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      ‘(6) DEFINITIONS- For purposes of this subsection: [<-Struck out]

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        ‘(A) ELIGIBLE HOSPITAL- The term ‘eligible hospital’ means a subsection (d) hospital. [<-Struck out]

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        ‘(B) REPORTING PERIOD- The term ‘reporting period’ means any period (or periods), with respect to a payment year, as specified by the Secretary.’. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (b) Incentive Market Basket Adjustment- Section 1886(b)(3)(B) of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 1395ww(b)(3)(B)) is amended-- [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (1) in clause (viii)(I), by inserting ‘(or, beginning with fiscal year 2016, by one-quarter)’ after ‘2.0 percentage points’; and [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (2) by adding at the end the following new clause: [<-Struck out]

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    ‘(ix)(I) For purposes of clause (i) for fiscal year 2016 and each subsequent fiscal year, in the case of an eligible hospital (as defined in subsection (n)(6)(A)) that is not a meaningful EHR user (as defined in subsection (n)(3)) for the reporting period for such fiscal year, three-quarters of the applicable percentage increase otherwise applicable under clause (i) for such fiscal year shall be reduced by 33 1/3 percent for fiscal year 2016, 66 2/3 percent for fiscal year 2017, and 100 percent for fiscal year 2018 and each subsequent fiscal year. Such reduction shall apply only with respect to the fiscal year involved and the Secretary shall not take into account such reduction in computing the applicable percentage increase under clause (i) for a subsequent fiscal year. [<-Struck out]

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    ‘(II) The Secretary may, on a case-by-case basis, exempt a subsection (d) hospital from the application of subclause (I) with respect to a fiscal year if the Secretary determines, subject to annual renewal, that requiring such hospital to be a meaningful EHR user during such fiscal year would result in a significant hardship, such as in the case of a hospital in a rural area without sufficient Internet access. In no case may a hospital be granted an exemption under this subclause for more than 5 years. [<-Struck out]

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    ‘(III) For fiscal year 2016 and each subsequent fiscal year, a State in which hospitals are paid for services under section 1814(b)(3) shall adjust the payments to each subsection (d) hospital in the State that is not a meaningful EHR user (as defined in subsection (n)(3)) in a manner that is designed to result in an aggregate reduction in payments to hospitals in the State that is equivalent to the aggregate reduction that would have occurred if payments had been reduced to each subsection (d) hospital in the State in a manner comparable to the reduction under the previous provisions of this clause. The State shall report to the Secretary the methodology it will use to make the payment adjustment under the previous sentence. [<-Struck out]

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    ‘(IV) For purposes of this clause, the term ‘reporting period’ means, with respect to a fiscal year, any period (or periods), with respect to the fiscal year, as specified by the Secretary.’. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (c) Application to Certain HMO-Affiliated Eligible Hospitals- Section 1853 of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 1395w-23), as amended by section 4311(c), is further amended by adding at the end the following new subsection: [<-Struck out]

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    ‘(m) Application of Eligible Hospital Incentives for Certain MA Organizations for Adoption and Meaningful Use of Certified EHR Technology- [<-Struck out]

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      ‘(1) APPLICATION- Subject to paragraphs (3) and (4), in the case of a qualifying MA organization, the provisions of sections 1886(n) and 1886(b)(3)(B)(ix) shall apply with respect to eligible hospitals described in paragraph (2) of the organization which the organization attests under subsection (l)(6) to be meaningful EHR users in a similar manner as they apply to eligible hospitals under such sections. Incentive payments under paragraph (3) shall be made to and payment adjustments under paragraph (4) shall apply to such qualifying organizations. [<-Struck out]

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      ‘(2) ELIGIBLE HOSPITAL DESCRIBED- With respect to a qualifying MA organization, an eligible hospital described in this paragraph is an eligible hospital that is under common corporate governance with such organization and serves individuals enrolled under an MA plan offered by such organization. [<-Struck out]

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      ‘(3) ELIGIBLE HOSPITAL INCENTIVE PAYMENTS- [<-Struck out]

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        ‘(A) IN GENERAL- In applying section 1886(n)(2) under paragraph (1), instead of the additional payment amount under section 1886(n)(2), there shall be substituted an amount determined by the Secretary to be similar to the estimated amount in the aggregate that would be payable if payment for services furnished by such hospitals was payable under part A instead of this part. In implementing the previous sentence, the Secretary-- [<-Struck out]

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          ‘(i) shall, insofar as data to determine the discharge related amount under section 1886(n)(2)(C) for an eligible hospital are not available to the Secretary, use such alternative data and methodology to estimate such discharge related amount as the Secretary determines appropriate; and [<-Struck out]

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          ‘(ii) shall, insofar as data to determine the medicare share described in section 1886(n)(2)(D) for an eligible hospital are not available to the Secretary, use such alternative data and methodology to estimate such share, which data and methodology may include use of the inpatient bed days (or discharges) with respect to an eligible hospital during the appropriate period which are attributable to both individuals for whom payment may be made under part A or individuals enrolled in an MA plan under a Medicare Advantage organization under this part as a proportion of the total number of patient-bed-days (or discharges) with respect to such hospital during such period. [<-Struck out]

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        ‘(B) AVOIDING DUPLICATION OF PAYMENTS- [<-Struck out]

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          ‘(i) IN GENERAL- In the case of a hospital that for a payment year is an eligible hospital described in paragraph (2), is an eligible hospital under section 1886(n), and for which at least one-third of their discharges (or bed-days) of Medicare patients for the year are covered under part A, payment for the payment year shall be made only under section 1886(n) and not under this subsection. [<-Struck out]

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          ‘(ii) METHODS- In the case of a hospital that is an eligible hospital described in paragraph (2) and also is eligible for an incentive payment under section 1886(n) but is not described in clause (i) for the same payment period, the Secretary shall develop a process-- [<-Struck out]

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            ‘(I) to ensure that duplicate payments are not made with respect to an eligible hospital both under this subsection and under section 1886(n); and [<-Struck out]

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            ‘(II) to collect data from Medicare Advantage organizations to ensure against such duplicate payments. [<-Struck out]

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      ‘(4) PAYMENT ADJUSTMENT- [<-Struck out]

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        ‘(A) Subject to paragraph (3), in the case of a qualifying MA organization (as defined in section 1853(l)(5)), if, according to the attestation of the organization submitted under subsection (l)(6) for an applicable period, one or more eligible hospitals (as defined in section 1886(n)(6)(A)) that are under common corporate governance with such organization and that serve individuals enrolled under a plan offered by such organization are not meaningful EHR users (as defined in section 1886(n)(3)) with respect to a period, the payment amount payable under this section for such organization for such period shall be the percent specified in subparagraph (B) for such period of the payment amount otherwise provided under this section for such period. [<-Struck out]

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        ‘(B) SPECIFIED PERCENT- The percent specified under this subparagraph for a year is 100 percent minus a number of percentage points equal to the product of-- [<-Struck out]

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          ‘(i) the number of the percentage point reduction effected under section 1886(b)(3)(B)(ix)(I) for the period; and [<-Struck out]

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          ‘(ii) the Medicare hospital expenditure proportion specified in subparagraph (C) for the year. [<-Struck out]

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        ‘(C) MEDICARE HOSPITAL EXPENDITURE PROPORTION- The Medicare hospital expenditure proportion under this subparagraph for a year is the Secretary’s estimate of the proportion, of the expenditures under parts A and B that are not attributable to this part, that are attributable to expenditures for inpatient hospital services. [<-Struck out]

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        ‘(D) APPLICATION OF PAYMENT ADJUSTMENT- In the case that a qualifying MA organization attests that not all eligible hospitals are meaningful EHR users with respect to an applicable period, the Secretary shall apply the payment adjustment under this paragraph based on a methodology specified by the Secretary, taking into account the proportion of such eligible hospitals, or discharges from such hospitals, that are not meaningful EHR users for such period.’. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (d) Conforming Amendments- [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (1) Section 1814(b) of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 1395f(b)) is amended-- [<-Struck out]

        [Struck out->] (A) in paragraph (3), in the matter preceding subparagraph (A), by inserting ‘, subject to section 1886(d)(3)(B)(ix)(III),’ after ‘then’; and [<-Struck out]

        [Struck out->] (B) by adding at the end the following: ‘For purposes of applying paragraph (3), there shall be taken into account incentive payments, and payment adjustments under subsection (b)(3)(B)(ix) or (n) of section 1886.’. [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (2) Section 1851(i)(1) of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 1395w-21(i)(1)) is amended by striking ‘and 1886(h)(3)(D)’ and inserting ‘1886(h)(3)(D), and 1853(m)’. [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (3) Section 1853 of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 1395w-23), as amended by section 4311(d)(1), is amended-- [<-Struck out]

        [Struck out->] (A) in subsection (c)-- [<-Struck out]

          [Struck out->] (i) in paragraph (1)(D)(i), by striking ‘1848(o)’ and inserting ‘, 1848(o), and 1886(n)’; and [<-Struck out]

          [Struck out->] (ii) in paragraph (6)(A), by inserting ‘and subsections (b)(3)(B)(ix) and (n) of section 1886’ after ‘section 1848’; and [<-Struck out]

        [Struck out->] (B) in subsection (f), by inserting ‘and subsection (m)’ after ‘under subsection (l)’. [<-Struck out]

[Struck out->] SEC. 4313. TREATMENT OF PAYMENTS AND SAVINGS; IMPLEMENTATION FUNDING. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (a) Premium Hold Harmless- [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (1) IN GENERAL- Section 1839(a)(1) of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 1395r(a)(1)) is amended by adding at the end the following: ‘In applying this paragraph there shall not be taken into account additional payments under section 1848(o) and section 1853(l)(3) and the Government contribution under section 1844(a)(3).’. [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (2) PAYMENT- Section 1844(a) of such Act (42 U.S.C. 1395w(a)) is amended-- [<-Struck out]

        [Struck out->] (A) in paragraph (2), by striking the period at the end and inserting ‘; plus’; and [<-Struck out]

        [Struck out->] (B) by adding at the end the following new paragraph: [<-Struck out]

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      ‘(3) a Government contribution equal to the amount of payment incentives payable under sections 1848(o) and 1853(l)(3).’. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (b) Medicare Improvement Fund- Section 1898 of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 1395iii), as added by section 7002(a) of the Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2008 (Public Law 110-252) and as amended by section 188(a)(2) of the Medicare Improvements for Patients and Providers Act of 2008 (Public Law 110-275; 122 Stat. 2589) and by section 6 of the QI Program Supplemental Funding Act of 2008, is amended-- [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (1) in subsection (a)-- [<-Struck out]

        [Struck out->] (A) by inserting ‘medicare’ before ‘fee-for-service’; and [<-Struck out]

        [Struck out->] (B) by inserting before the period at the end the following: ‘including, but not limited to, an increase in the conversion factor under section 1848(d) to address, in whole or in part, any projected shortfall in the conversion factor for 2014 relative to the conversion factor for 2008 and adjustments to payments for items and services furnished by providers of services and suppliers under such original medicare fee-for-service program’; and [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (2) in subsection (b)-- [<-Struck out]

        [Struck out->] (A) in paragraph (1), by striking ‘during fiscal year 2014,’ and all that follows and inserting the following: ‘during-- [<-Struck out]

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        ‘(A) fiscal year 2014, $22,290,000,000; and [<-Struck out]

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        ‘(B) fiscal year 2020 and each subsequent fiscal year, the Secretary’s estimate, as of July 1 of the fiscal year, of the aggregate reduction in expenditures under this title during the preceding fiscal year directly resulting from the reduction in payment amounts under sections 1848(a)(7), 1853(l)(4), 1853(m)(4), and 1886(b)(3)(B)(ix).’; and [<-Struck out]

        [Struck out->] (B) by adding at the end the following new paragraph: [<-Struck out]

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      ‘(4) NO EFFECT ON PAYMENTS IN SUBSEQUENT YEARS- In the case that expenditures from the Fund are applied to, or otherwise affect, a payment rate for an item or service under this title for a year, the payment rate for such item or service shall be computed for a subsequent year as if such application or effect had never occurred.’. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (c) Implementation Funding- In addition to funds otherwise available, out of any funds in the Treasury not otherwise appropriated, there are appropriated to the Secretary of Health and Human Services for the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services Program Management Account, $60,000,000 for each of fiscal years 2009 through 2015 and $30,000,000 for each succeeding fiscal year through fiscal year 2019, which shall be available for purposes of carrying out the provisions of (and amendments made by) this part. Amounts appropriated under this subsection for a fiscal year shall be available until expended. [<-Struck out]

[Struck out->] SEC. 4314. STUDY ON APPLICATION OF EHR PAYMENT INCENTIVES FOR PROVIDERS NOT RECEIVING OTHER INCENTIVE PAYMENTS. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (a) Study- [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (1) IN GENERAL- The Secretary of Health and Human Services shall conduct a study to determine the extent to which and manner in which payment incentives (such as under title XVIII or XIX of the Social Security Act) and other funding for purposes of implementing and using certified EHR technology (as defined in section 3000 of the Public Health Service Act) should be made available to health care providers who are receiving minimal or no payment incentives or other funding under this Act, under title XVIII or XIX of the Social Security Act, or otherwise, for such purposes. [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (2) DETAILS OF STUDY- Such study shall include an examination of-- [<-Struck out]

        [Struck out->] (A) the adoption rates of certified EHR technology by such health care providers; [<-Struck out]

        [Struck out->] (B) the clinical utility of such technology by such health care providers; [<-Struck out]

        [Struck out->] (C) whether the services furnished by such health care providers are appropriate for or would benefit from the use of such technology; [<-Struck out]

        [Struck out->] (D) the extent to which such health care providers work in settings that might otherwise receive an incentive payment or other funding under this Act, title XVIII or XIX of the Social Security Act, or otherwise; [<-Struck out]

        [Struck out->] (E) the potential costs and the potential benefits of making payment incentives and other funding available to such health care providers; and [<-Struck out]

        [Struck out->] (F) any other issues the Secretary deems to be appropriate. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (b) Report- Not later than June 30, 2010, the Secretary shall submit to Congress a report on the findings and conclusions of the study conducted under subsection (a). [<-Struck out]

[Struck out->] PART III--MEDICAID FUNDING [<-Struck out]

[Struck out->] SEC. 4321. MEDICAID PROVIDER HIT ADOPTION AND OPERATION PAYMENTS; IMPLEMENTATION FUNDING. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (a) In General- Section 1903 of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 1396b) is amended-- [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (1) in subsection (a)(3)-- [<-Struck out]

        [Struck out->] (A) by striking ‘and’ at the end of subparagraph (D); [<-Struck out]

        [Struck out->] (B) by striking ‘plus’ at the end of subparagraph (E) and inserting ‘and’; and [<-Struck out]

        [Struck out->] (C) by adding at the end the following new subparagraph: [<-Struck out]

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        ‘(F)(i) 100 percent of so much of the sums expended during such quarter as are attributable to payments for certified EHR technology (and support services including maintenance and training that is for, or is necessary for the adoption and operation of, such technology) by Medicaid providers described in subsection (t)(1); and [<-Struck out]

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        ‘(ii) 90 percent of so much of the sums expended during such quarter as are attributable to payments for reasonable administrative expenses related to the administration of payments described in clause (i) if the State meets the condition described in subsection (t)(9); plus’; and [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (2) by inserting after subsection (s) the following new subsection: [<-Struck out]

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    ‘(t)(1)(A) For purposes of subsection (a)(3)(F), the payments for certified EHR technology (and support services including maintenance that is for, or is necessary for the operation of, such technology) by Medicaid providers described in this paragraph are payments made by the State in accordance with this subsection of the applicable percent (as specified in subparagraph (B)) of the net allowable costs of Medicaid providers (as defined in paragraph (2)) for such technology (and support services). [<-Struck out]

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    ‘(B) For purposes of subparagraph (A), the applicable percent is-- [<-Struck out]

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      ‘(i) in the case of a Medicaid provider described in paragraph (2)(A), 85 percent; and [<-Struck out]

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      ‘(ii) in the case of a Medicaid provider described in paragraph (2)(B), 100 percent. [<-Struck out]

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    ‘(2) In this subsection and subsection (a)(3)(F), the term ‘Medicaid provider’ means-- [<-Struck out]

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      ‘(A) an eligible professional (as defined in paragraph (3)(B)) who is not hospital-based and has at least 30 percent of the professional’s patient volume (as estimated in accordance with standards established by the Secretary) attributable to individuals who are receiving medical assistance under this title; and [<-Struck out]

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      ‘(B)(i) a children’s hospital, (ii) an acute-care hospital that is not described in clause (i) and that has at least 10 percent of the hospital’s patient volume (as estimated in accordance with standards established by the Secretary) attributable to individuals who are receiving medical assistance under this title, or (iii) a Federally-qualified health center or rural health clinic that has at least 30 percent of the center’s or clinic’s patient volume (as estimated in accordance with standards established by the Secretary) attributable to individuals who are receiving medical assistance under this title. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] An eligible professional shall not qualify as a Medicaid provider under this subsection unless the eligible professional has waived, in a manner specified by the Secretary, any right to payment under section 1848(o) with respect to the adoption or support of certified EHR technology by the professional. In applying clauses (ii) and (iii) of subparagraph (B), the standards established by the Secretary for patient volume shall include individuals enrolled in a Medicaid managed care plan (under section 1903(m) or section 1932). [<-Struck out]

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    ‘(3) In this subsection and subsection (a)(3)(F): [<-Struck out]

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      ‘(A) The term ‘certified EHR technology’ means a qualified electronic health record (as defined in 3000(13) of the Public Health Service Act) that is certified pursuant to section 3001(c)(5) of such Act as meeting standards adopted under section 3004 of such Act that are applicable to the type of record involved (as determined by the Secretary, such as an ambulatory electronic health record for office-based physicians or an inpatient hospital electronic health record for hospitals). [<-Struck out]

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      ‘(B) The term ‘eligible professional’ means a physician as defined in paragraphs (1) and (2) of section 1861(r), and includes a certified nurse mid-wife and a nurse practitioner. [<-Struck out]

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      ‘(C) The term ‘hospital-based’ means, with respect to an eligible professional, a professional (such as a pathologist, anesthesiologist, or emergency physician) who furnishes substantially all of the individual’s professional services in a hospital setting (whether inpatient or outpatient) and through the use of the facilities and equipment, including computer equipment, of the hospital. [<-Struck out]

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    ‘(4)(A) The term ‘allowable costs’ means, with respect to certified EHR technology of a Medicaid provider, costs of such technology (and support services including maintenance and training that is for, or is necessary for the adoption and operation of, such technology) as determined by the Secretary to be reasonable. [<-Struck out]

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    ‘(B) The term ‘net allowable costs’ means allowable costs reduced by any payment that is made to the Medicaid provider involved from any other source that is directly attributable to payment for certified EHR technology or services described in subparagraph (A). [<-Struck out]

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    ‘(C) In no case shall-- [<-Struck out]

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      ‘(i) the aggregate allowable costs under this subsection (covering one or more years) with respect to a Medicaid provider described in paragraph (2)(A) for purchase and initial implementation of certified EHR technology (and services described in subparagraph (A)) exceed $25,000 or include costs over a period of longer than 5 years; [<-Struck out]

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      ‘(ii) for costs not described in clause (i) relating to the operation, maintenance, or use of certified EHR technology, the annual allowable costs under this subsection with respect to such a Medicaid provider for costs not described in clause (i) for any year exceed $10,000; [<-Struck out]

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      ‘(iii) payment described in paragraph (1) for costs described in clause (ii) be made with respect to such a Medicaid provider over a period of more than 5 years; [<-Struck out]

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      ‘(iv) the aggregate allowable costs under this subsection with respect to such a Medicaid provider for all costs exceed $75,000; or [<-Struck out]

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      ‘(v) the allowable costs, whether for purchase and initial implementation, maintenance, or otherwise, for a Medicaid provider described in paragraph (2)(B)(iii) exceed such aggregate or annual limitation as the Secretary shall establish, based on an amount determined by the Secretary as being adequate to adopt and maintain certified EHR technology, consistent with paragraph (6). [<-Struck out]

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    ‘(5) Payments described in paragraph (1) are not in accordance with this subsection unless the following requirements are met: [<-Struck out]

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      ‘(A) The State provides assurances satisfactory to the Secretary that amounts received under subsection (a)(3)(F) with respect to costs of a Medicaid provider are paid directly to such provider without any deduction or rebate. [<-Struck out]

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      ‘(B) Such Medicaid provider is responsible for payment of the costs described in such paragraph that are not provided under this title. [<-Struck out]

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      ‘(C) With respect to payments to such Medicaid provider for costs other than costs related to the initial adoption of certified EHR technology, the Medicaid provider demonstrates meaningful use of certified EHR technology through a means that is approved by the State and acceptable to the Secretary, and that may be based upon the methodologies applied under section 1848(o) or 1886(n). [<-Struck out]

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      ‘(D) To the extent specified by the Secretary, the certified EHR technology is compatible with State or Federal administrative management systems. [<-Struck out]

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    ‘(6)(A) In no case shall the payments described in paragraph (1), with respect to a hospital, exceed in the aggregate the product of-- [<-Struck out]

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      ‘(i) the overall hospital EHR amount for the hospital computed under subparagraph (B); and [<-Struck out]

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      ‘(ii) the Medicaid share for such hospital computed under subparagraph (C). [<-Struck out]

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    ‘(B) For purposes of this paragraph, the overall hospital EHR amount, with respect to a hospital, is the sum of the applicable amounts specified in section 1886(n)(2)(A) for such hospital for the first 4 payment years (as estimated by the Secretary) determined as if the Medicare share specified in clause (ii) of such section were 1. The Secretary shall publish in the Federal Register the overall hospital EHR amount for each hospital eligible for payments under this subsection. In computing amounts under paragraph 1886(n)(2)(C) for payment years after the first payment year, the Secretary shall assume that in subsequent payment years discharges increase at the average annual rate of growth of the most recent 3 years for which discharge data are available per year. [<-Struck out]

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    ‘(C) The Medicaid share computed under this subparagraph, for a hospital for a period specified by the Secretary, shall be calculated in the same manner as the Medicare share under section 1886(n)(2)(D) for such a hospital and period, except that there shall be substituted for the numerator under clause (i) of such section the amount that is equal to the number of inpatient-bed-days (as established by the Secretary) which are attributable to individuals who are receiving medical assistance under this title and who are not described in section 1886(n)(2)(D)(i). In computing inpatient-bed-days under the previous sentence, the Secretary shall take into account inpatient-bed-days attributable to inpatient-bed-days that are paid for individuals enrolled in a Medicaid managed care plan (under section 1903(m) or section 1932). [<-Struck out]

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    ‘(7) With respect to health care providers other than hospitals, the Secretary shall ensure coordination of the different programs for payment of such health care providers for adoption or use of health information technology (including certified EHR technology), as well as payments for such health care providers provided under this title or title XVIII, to assure no duplication of funding. [<-Struck out]

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    ‘(8) In carrying out paragraph (5)(C), the State and Secretary shall seek, to the maximum extent practicable, to avoid duplicative requirements from Federal and State Governments to demonstrate meaningful use of certified EHR technology under this title and title XVIII. In doing so, the Secretary may deem satisfaction of requirements for such meaningful use for a payment year under title XVIII to be sufficient to qualify as meaningful use under this subsection. The Secretary may also specify the reporting periods under this subsection in order to carry out this paragraph. [<-Struck out]

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    ‘(9) In order to be provided Federal financial participation under subsection (a)(3)(F)(ii), a State must demonstrate to the satisfaction of the Secretary, that the State-- [<-Struck out]

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      ‘(A) is using the funds provided for the purposes of administering payments under this subsection, including tracking of meaningful use by Medicaid providers; [<-Struck out]

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      ‘(B) is conducting adequate oversight of the program under this subsection, including routine tracking of meaningful use attestations and reporting mechanisms; and [<-Struck out]

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      ‘(C) is pursuing initiatives to encourage the adoption of certified EHR technology to promote health care quality and the exchange of health care information under this title, subject to applicable laws and regulations governing such exchange. [<-Struck out]

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    ‘(10) The Secretary shall periodically submit reports to the Committee on Energy and Commerce of the House of Representatives and the Committee on Finance of the Senate on status, progress, and oversight of payments under paragraph (1).’. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (b) Implementation Funding- In addition to funds otherwise available, out of any funds in the Treasury not otherwise appropriated, there are appropriated to the Secretary of Health and Human Services for the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services Program Management Account, $40,000,000 for each of fiscal years 2009 through 2015 and $20,000,000 for each succeeding fiscal year through fiscal year 2019, which shall be available for purposes of carrying out the provisions of (and the amendments made by) this part. Amounts appropriated under this subsection for a fiscal year shall be available until expended. [<-Struck out]

[Struck out->] SEC. 4322. MEDICAID NURSING FACILITY GRANT PROGRAM. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (a) In General- The Secretary shall establish a grant program to enhance the meaningful use of certified electronic health records in nursing facilities. In establishing such program, the Secretary shall use payment incentives for meaningful use of certified EHR technology, similar to those specified in sections 4311, 4312, and 4321, as appropriate. For the purpose of such incentives, the Secretary shall define meaningful use in a manner so as to be consistent with such sections to the extent practicable. The Secretary shall award funds to not more than 10 States to carry out activities under this section. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (b) Activities- The Secretary shall require a State participating in the grant program to-- [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (1) provide payment incentives to nursing facilities contingent on the demonstration of meaningful use of certified electronic health records; [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (2) require participating nursing facilities to engage in programs to improve the quality and coordination of care through the use of certified EHR technology, including for persons who are repeatedly admitted to acute care hospitals from the nursing facility and persons who receive services across multiple medical and social services providers (including facility and community-based providers); and [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (3) provide for training of appropriate personnel in the use of certified electronic health records. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (c) Targeting- The Secretary shall require a State participating in the grant program to target nursing facilities with a significant percentage (but not less than the average in the State) of the facility’s patient volume (as estimated in accordance with standards established by the Secretary) attributable to individuals who are receiving medical assistance under title XIX of the Social Security Act. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (d) Priority- In making grants under this section, the Secretary shall give priority to States with a high proportion of total national nursing facility days paid under title XIX of the Social Security Act. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (e) Limitations on Use of Funds- A State may not make payments to a nursing facility in excess of 90 percent of the costs of such nursing facility for the adoption and operation of certified EHR technology. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (f) Application- No grant may be made to a State under this section unless the State submits an application to the Secretary in a form and manner specified by the Secretary. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (g) Report- Not later than the end of the 3-year period beginning on the date that grants under this section are first awarded, the Secretary shall submit a report to Congress on the activities under this grant program and the effect of this program on quality and coordination of care under title XIX of the Social Security Act. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (h) Appropriation- Out of any money in the Treasury not otherwise appropriated, there is appropriated to the Secretary of Health and Human Services to carry out this section $600,000,000, to remain available until expended. [<-Struck out]

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Subtitle D--Privacy

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[Struck out->] SEC. 4400. DEFINITIONS. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] In this subtitle, except as specified otherwise: [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (1) BREACH- The term ‘breach’ means the unauthorized acquisition, access, use, or disclosure of protected health information which compromises the security, privacy, or integrity of protected health information maintained by or on behalf of a person. Such term does not include any unintentional acquisition, access, use, or disclosure of such information by an employee or agent of the covered entity or business associate involved if such acquisition, access, use, or disclosure, respectively, was made in good faith and within the course and scope of the employment or other contractual relationship of such employee or agent, respectively, with the covered entity or business associate and if such information is not further acquired, accessed, used, or disclosed by such employee or agent. [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (2) BUSINESS ASSOCIATE- The term ‘business associate’ has the meaning given such term in section 160.103 of title 45, Code of Federal Regulations. [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (3) COVERED ENTITY- The term ‘covered entity’ has the meaning given such term in section 160.103 of title 45, Code of Federal Regulations. [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (4) DISCLOSE- The terms ‘disclose’ and ‘disclosure’ have the meaning given the term ‘disclosure’ in section 160.103 of title 45, Code of Federal Regulations. [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (5) ELECTRONIC HEALTH RECORD- The term ‘electronic health record’ means an electronic record of health-related information on an individual that is created, gathered, managed, and consulted by authorized health care clinicians and staff. [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (6) HEALTH CARE OPERATIONS- The term ‘health care operation’ has the meaning given such term in section 164.501 of title 45, Code of Federal Regulations. [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (7) HEALTH CARE PROVIDER- The term ‘health care provider’ has the meaning given such term in section 160.103 of title 45, Code of Federal Regulations. [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (8) HEALTH PLAN- The term ‘health plan’ has the meaning given such term in section 1171(5) of the Social Security Act. [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (9) NATIONAL COORDINATOR- The term ‘National Coordinator’ means the head of the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology established under section 3001(a) of the Public Health Service Act, as added by section 4101. [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (10) PAYMENT- The term ‘payment’ has the meaning given such term in section 164.501 of title 45, Code of Federal Regulations. [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (11) PERSONAL HEALTH RECORD- The term ‘personal health record’ means an electronic record of individually identifiable health information on an individual that can be drawn from multiple sources and that is managed, shared, and controlled by or for the individual. [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (12) PROTECTED HEALTH INFORMATION- The term ‘protected health information’ has the meaning given such term in section 160.103 of title 45, Code of Federal Regulations. [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (13) SECRETARY- The term ‘Secretary’ means the Secretary of Health and Human Services. [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (14) SECURITY- The term ‘security’ has the meaning given such term in section 164.304 of title 45, Code of Federal Regulations. [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (15) STATE- The term ‘State’ means each of the several States, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, Guam, American Samoa, and the Northern Mariana Islands. [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (16) TREATMENT- The term ‘treatment’ has the meaning given such term in section 164.501 of title 45, Code of Federal Regulations. [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (17) USE- The term ‘use’ has the meaning given such term in section 160.103 of title 45, Code of Federal Regulations. [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (18) VENDOR OF PERSONAL HEALTH RECORDS- The term ‘vendor of personal health records’ means an entity, other than a covered entity (as defined in paragraph (3)), that offers or maintains a personal health record. [<-Struck out]

[Struck out->] PART I--IMPROVED PRIVACY PROVISIONS AND SECURITY PROVISIONS [<-Struck out]

[Struck out->] SEC. 4401. APPLICATION OF SECURITY PROVISIONS AND PENALTIES TO BUSINESS ASSOCIATES OF COVERED ENTITIES; ANNUAL GUIDANCE ON SECURITY PROVISIONS. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (a) Application of Security Provisions- Sections 164.308, 164.310, 164.312, and 164.316 of title 45, Code of Federal Regulations, shall apply to a business associate of a covered entity in the same manner that such sections apply to the covered entity. The additional requirements of this title that relate to security and that are made applicable with respect to covered entities shall also be applicable to such a business associate and shall be incorporated into the business associate agreement between the business associate and the covered entity. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (b) Application of Civil and Criminal Penalties- In the case of a business associate that violates any security provision specified in subsection (a), sections 1176 and 1177 of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 1320d-5, 1320d-6) shall apply to the business associate with respect to such violation in the same manner such sections apply to a covered entity that violates such security provision. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (c) Annual Guidance- For the first year beginning after the date of the enactment of this Act and annually thereafter, the Secretary of Health and Human Services shall, in consultation with industry stakeholders, annually issue guidance on the most effective and appropriate technical safeguards for use in carrying out the sections referred to in subsection (a) and the security standards in subpart C of part 164 of title 45, Code of Federal Regulations, including the use of standards developed under section 3002(b)(2)(B)(vi) of the Public Health Service Act, as added by section 4101, as such provisions are in effect as of the date before the enactment of this Act. [<-Struck out]

[Struck out->] SEC. 4402. NOTIFICATION IN THE CASE OF BREACH. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (a) In General- A covered entity that accesses, maintains, retains, modifies, records, stores, destroys, or otherwise holds, uses, or discloses unsecured protected health information (as defined in subsection (h)(1)) shall, in the case of a breach of such information that is discovered by the covered entity, notify each individual whose unsecured protected health information has been, or is reasonably believed by the covered entity to have been, accessed, acquired, or disclosed as a result of such breach. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (b) Notification of Covered Entity by Business Associate- A business associate of a covered entity that accesses, maintains, retains, modifies, records, stores, destroys, or otherwise holds, uses, or discloses unsecured protected health information shall, following the discovery of a breach of such information, notify the covered entity of such breach. Such notice shall include the identification of each individual whose unsecured protected health information has been, or is reasonably believed by the business associate to have been, accessed, acquired, or disclosed during such breach. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (c) Breaches Treated as Discovered- For purposes of this section, a breach shall be treated as discovered by a covered entity or by a business associate as of the first day on which such breach is known to such entity or associate, respectively, (including any person, other than the individual committing the breach, that is an employee, officer, or other agent of such entity or associate, respectively) or should reasonably have been known to such entity or associate (or person) to have occurred. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (d) Timeliness of Notification- [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (1) IN GENERAL- Subject to subsection (g), all notifications required under this section shall be made without unreasonable delay and in no case later than 60 calendar days after the discovery of a breach by the covered entity involved (or business associate involved in the case of a notification required under subsection (b)). [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (2) BURDEN OF PROOF- The covered entity involved (or business associate involved in the case of a notification required under subsection (b)), shall have the burden of demonstrating that all notifications were made as required under this part, including evidence demonstrating the necessity of any delay. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (e) Methods of Notice- [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (1) INDIVIDUAL NOTICE- Notice required under this section to be provided to an individual, with respect to a breach, shall be provided promptly and in the following form: [<-Struck out]

        [Struck out->] (A) Written notification by first-class mail to the individual (or the next of kin of the individual if the individual is deceased) at the last known address of the individual or the next of kin, respectively, or, if specified as a preference by the individual, by electronic mail. The notification may be provided in one or more mailings as information is available. [<-Struck out]

        [Struck out->] (B) In the case in which there is insufficient, or out-of-date contact information (including a phone number, email address, or any other form of appropriate communication) that precludes direct written (or, if specified by the individual under subparagraph (A), electronic) notification to the individual, a substitute form of notice shall be provided, including, in the case that there are 10 or more individuals for which there is insufficient or out-of-date contact information, a conspicuous posting for a period determined by the Secretary on the home page of the Web site of the covered entity involved or notice in major print or broadcast media, including major media in geographic areas where the individuals affected by the breach likely reside. Such a notice in media or web posting will include a toll-free phone number where an individual can learn whether or not the individual’s unsecured protected health information is possibly included in the breach. [<-Struck out]

        [Struck out->] (C) In any case deemed by the covered entity involved to require urgency because of possible imminent misuse of unsecured protected health information, the covered entity, in addition to notice provided under subparagraph (A), may provide information to individuals by telephone or other means, as appropriate. [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (2) MEDIA NOTICE- Notice shall be provided to prominent media outlets serving a State or jurisdiction, following the discovery of a breach described in subsection (a), if the unsecured protected health information of more than 500 residents of such State or jurisdiction is, or is reasonably believed to have been, accessed, acquired, or disclosed during such breach. [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (3) NOTICE TO SECRETARY- Notice shall be provided to the Secretary by covered entities of unsecured protected health information that has been acquired or disclosed in a breach. If the breach was with respect to 500 or more individuals than such notice must be provided immediately. If the breach was with respect to less than 500 individuals, the covered entity involved may maintain a log of any such breach occurring and annually submit such a log to the Secretary documenting such breaches occurring during the year involved. [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (4) POSTING ON HHS PUBLIC WEBSITE- The Secretary shall make available to the public on the Internet website of the Department of Health and Human Services a list that identifies each covered entity involved in a breach described in subsection (a) in which the unsecured protected health information of more than 500 individuals is acquired or disclosed. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (f) Content of Notification- Regardless of the method by which notice is provided to individuals under this section, notice of a breach shall include, to the extent possible, the following: [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (1) A brief description of what happened, including the date of the breach and the date of the discovery of the breach, if known. [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (2) A description of the types of unsecured protected health information that were involved in the breach (such as full name, Social Security number, date of birth, home address, account number, or disability code). [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (3) The steps individuals should take to protect themselves from potential harm resulting from the breach. [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (4) A brief description of what the covered entity involved is doing to investigate the breach, to mitigate losses, and to protect against any further breaches. [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (5) Contact procedures for individuals to ask questions or learn additional information, which shall include a toll-free telephone number, an e-mail address, Web site, or postal address. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (g) Delay of Notification Authorized for Law Enforcement Purposes- If a law enforcement official determines that a notification, notice, or posting required under this section would impede a criminal investigation or cause damage to national security, such notification, notice, or posting shall be delayed in the same manner as provided under section 164.528(a)(2) of title 45, Code of Federal Regulations, in the case of a disclosure covered under such section. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (h) Unsecured Protected Health Information- [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (1) DEFINITION- [<-Struck out]

        [Struck out->] (A) IN GENERAL- Subject to subparagraph (B), for purposes of this section, the term ‘unsecured protected health information’ means protected health information that is not secured through the use of a technology or methodology specified by the Secretary in the guidance issued under paragraph (2). [<-Struck out]

        [Struck out->] (B) EXCEPTION IN CASE TIMELY GUIDANCE NOT ISSUED- In the case that the Secretary does not issue guidance under paragraph (2) by the date specified in such paragraph, for purposes of this section, the term ‘unsecured protected health information’ shall mean protected health information that is not secured by a technology standard that renders protected health information unusable, unreadable, or indecipherable to unauthorized individuals and is developed or endorsed by a standards developing organization that is accredited by the American National Standards Institute. [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (2) GUIDANCE- For purposes of paragraph (1) and section 407(f)(3), not later than the date that is 60 days after the date of the enactment of this Act, the Secretary shall, after consultation with stakeholders, issue (and annually update) guidance specifying the technologies and methodologies that render protected health information unusable, unreadable, or indecipherable to unauthorized individuals, including use of standards developed under section 3002(b)(2)(B)(vi) of the Public Health Service Act, as added by section 4101. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (i) Report to Congress on Breaches- [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (1) IN GENERAL- Not later than 12 months after the date of the enactment of this Act and annually thereafter, the Secretary shall prepare and submit to the Committee on Finance and the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions of the Senate and the Committee on Ways and Means and the Committee on Energy and Commerce of the House of Representatives a report containing the information described in paragraph (2) regarding breaches for which notice was provided to the Secretary under subsection (e)(3). [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (2) INFORMATION- The information described in this paragraph regarding breaches specified in paragraph (1) shall include-- [<-Struck out]

        [Struck out->] (A) the number and nature of such breaches; and [<-Struck out]

        [Struck out->] (B) actions taken in response to such breaches. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (j) Regulations; Effective Date- To carry out this section, the Secretary of Health and Human Services shall promulgate interim final regulations by not later than the date that is 180 days after the date of the enactment of this title. The provisions of this section shall apply to breaches that are discovered on or after the date that is 30 days after the date of publication of such interim final regulations. [<-Struck out]

[Struck out->] SEC. 4403. EDUCATION ON HEALTH INFORMATION PRIVACY. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (a) Regional Office Privacy Advisors- Not later than 6 months after the date of the enactment of this Act, the Secretary shall designate an individual in each regional office of the Department of Health and Human Services to offer guidance and education to covered entities, business associates, and individuals on their rights and responsibilities related to Federal privacy and security requirements for protected health information. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (b) Education Initiative on Uses of Health Information- Not later than 12 months after the date of the enactment of this Act, the Office for Civil Rights within the Department of Health and Human Services shall develop and maintain a multi-faceted national education initiative to enhance public transparency regarding the uses of protected health information, including programs to educate individuals about the potential uses of their protected health information, the effects of such uses, and the rights of individuals with respect to such uses. Such programs shall be conducted in a variety of languages and present information in a clear and understandable manner. [<-Struck out]

[Struck out->] SEC. 4404. APPLICATION OF PRIVACY PROVISIONS AND PENALTIES TO BUSINESS ASSOCIATES OF COVERED ENTITIES. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (a) Application of Contract Requirements- In the case of a business associate of a covered entity that obtains or creates protected health information pursuant to a written contract (or other written arrangement) described in section 164.502(e)(2) of title 45, Code of Federal Regulations, with such covered entity, the business associate may use and disclose such protected health information only if such use or disclosure, respectively, is in compliance with each applicable requirement of section 164.504(e) of such title. The additional requirements of this subtitle that relate to privacy and that are made applicable with respect to covered entities shall also be applicable to such a business associate and shall be incorporated into the business associate agreement between the business associate and the covered entity. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (b) Application of Knowledge Elements Associated With Contracts- Section 164.504(e)(1)(ii) of title 45, Code of Federal Regulations, shall apply to a business associate described in subsection (a), with respect to compliance with such subsection, in the same manner that such section applies to a covered entity, with respect to compliance with the standards in sections 164.502(e) and 164.504(e) of such title, except that in applying such section 164.504(e)(1)(ii) each reference to the business associate, with respect to a contract, shall be treated as a reference to the covered entity involved in such contract. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (c) Application of Civil and Criminal Penalties- In the case of a business associate that violates any provision of subsection (a) or (b), the provisions of sections 1176 and 1177 of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 1320d-5, 1320d-6) shall apply to the business associate with respect to such violation in the same manner as such provisions apply to a person who violates a provision of part C of title XI of such Act. [<-Struck out]

[Struck out->] SEC. 4405. RESTRICTIONS ON CERTAIN DISCLOSURES AND SALES OF HEALTH INFORMATION; ACCOUNTING OF CERTAIN PROTECTED HEALTH INFORMATION DISCLOSURES; ACCESS TO CERTAIN INFORMATION IN ELECTRONIC FORMAT. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (a) Requested Restrictions on Certain Disclosures of Health Information- In the case that an individual requests under paragraph (a)(1)(i)(A) of section 164.522 of title 45, Code of Federal Regulations, that a covered entity restrict the disclosure of the protected health information of the individual, notwithstanding paragraph (a)(1)(ii) of such section, the covered entity must comply with the requested restriction if-- [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (1) except as otherwise required by law, the disclosure is to a health plan for purposes of carrying out payment or health care operations (and is not for purposes of carrying out treatment); and [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (2) the protected health information pertains solely to a health care item or service for which the health care provider involved has been paid out of pocket in full. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (b) Disclosures Required To Be Limited to the Limited Data Set or the Minimum Necessary- [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (1) IN GENERAL- [<-Struck out]

        [Struck out->] (A) IN GENERAL- Subject to subparagraph (B), a covered entity shall be treated as being in compliance with section 164.502(b)(1) of title 45, Code of Federal Regulations, with respect to the use, disclosure, or request of protected health information described in such section, only if the covered entity limits such protected health information, to the extent practicable, to the limited data set (as defined in section 164.514(e)(2) of such title) or, if needed by such entity, to the minimum necessary to accomplish the intended purpose of such use, disclosure, or request, respectively. [<-Struck out]

        [Struck out->] (B) GUIDANCE- Not later than 18 months after the date of the enactment of this section, the Secretary shall issue guidance on what constitutes ‘minimum necessary’ for purposes of subpart E of part 164 of title 45, Code of Federal Regulation. In issuing such guidance the Secretary shall take into consideration the guidance under section 4424(c). [<-Struck out]

        [Struck out->] (C) SUNSET- Subparagraph (A) shall not apply on and after the effective date on which the Secretary issues the guidance under subparagraph (B). [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (2) DETERMINATION OF MINIMUM NECESSARY- For purposes of paragraph (1), in the case of the disclosure of protected health information, the covered entity or business associate disclosing such information shall determine what constitutes the minimum necessary to accomplish the intended purpose of such disclosure. [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (3) APPLICATION OF EXCEPTIONS- The exceptions described in section 164.502(b)(2) of title 45, Code of Federal Regulations, shall apply to the requirement under paragraph (1) as of the effective date described in section 4423 in the same manner that such exceptions apply to section 164.502(b)(1) of such title before such date. [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (4) RULE OF CONSTRUCTION- Nothing in this subsection shall be construed as affecting the use, disclosure, or request of protected health information that has been de-identified. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (c) Accounting of Certain Protected Health Information Disclosures Required if Covered Entity Uses Electronic Health Record- [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (1) IN GENERAL- In applying section 164.528 of title 45, Code of Federal Regulations, in the case that a covered entity uses or maintains an electronic health record with respect to protected health information-- [<-Struck out]

        [Struck out->] (A) the exception under paragraph (a)(1)(i) of such section shall not apply to disclosures through an electronic health record made by such entity of such information; and [<-Struck out]

        [Struck out->] (B) an individual shall have a right to receive an accounting of disclosures described in such paragraph of such information made by such covered entity during only the three years prior to the date on which the accounting is requested. [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (2) REGULATIONS- The Secretary shall promulgate regulations on what information shall be collected about each disclosure referred to in paragraph (1)(A) not later than 18 months after the date on which the Secretary adopts standards on accounting for disclosure described in the section 3002(b)(2)(B)(iv) of the Public Health Service Act, as added by section 4101. Such regulations shall only require such information to be collected through an electronic health record in a manner that takes into account the interests of individuals in learning the circumstances under which their protected health information is being disclosed and takes into account the administrative burden of accounting for such disclosures. [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (3) CONSTRUCTION- Nothing in this subsection shall be construed as requiring a covered entity to account for disclosures of protected health information that are not made by such covered entity or by a business associate acting on behalf of the covered entity. [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (4) EFFECTIVE DATE- [<-Struck out]

        [Struck out->] (A) CURRENT USERS OF ELECTRONIC RECORDS- In the case of a covered entity insofar as it acquired an electronic health record as of January 1, 2009, paragraph (1) shall apply to disclosures, with respect to protected health information, made by the covered entity from such a record on and after January 1, 2014. [<-Struck out]

        [Struck out->] (B) OTHERS- In the case of a covered entity insofar as it acquires an electronic health record after January 1, 2009, paragraph (1) shall apply to disclosures, with respect to protected health information, made by the covered entity from such record on and after the later of the following: [<-Struck out]

          [Struck out->] (i) January 1, 2011; or [<-Struck out]

          [Struck out->] (ii) the date that it acquires an electronic health record. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (d) Review of Health Care Operations- Not later than 18 months after the date of the enactment of this title, the Secretary shall promulgate regulations to eliminate from the definition of health care operations under section 164.501 of title 45, Code of Federal Regulations, those activities that can reasonably and efficiently be conducted through the use of information that is de-identified (in accordance with the requirements of section 164.514(b) of such title) or that should require a valid authorization for use or disclosure. In promulgating such regulations, the Secretary may choose to narrow or clarify activities that the Secretary chooses to retain in the definition of health care operations and the Secretary shall take into account the report under section 424(d). In such regulations the Secretary shall specify the date on which such regulations shall apply to disclosures made by a covered entity, but in no case would such date be sooner than the date that is 24 months after the date of the enactment of this section. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (e) Prohibition on Sale of Electronic Health Records or Protected Health Information- [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (1) IN GENERAL- Except as provided in paragraph (2), a covered entity or business associate shall not directly or indirectly receive remuneration in exchange for any protected health information of an individual unless the covered entity obtained from the individual, in accordance with section 164.508 of title 45, Code of Federal Regulations, a valid authorization that includes, in accordance with such section, a specification of whether the protected health information can be further exchanged for remuneration by the entity receiving protected health information of that individual. [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (2) EXCEPTIONS- Paragraph (1) shall not apply in the following cases: [<-Struck out]

        [Struck out->] (A) The purpose of the exchange is for research or public health activities (as described in sections 164.501, 164.512(i), and 164.512(b) of title 45, Code of Federal Regulations) and the price charged reflects the costs of preparation and transmittal of the data for such purpose. [<-Struck out]

        [Struck out->] (B) The purpose of the exchange is for the treatment of the individual and the price charges reflects not more than the costs of preparation and transmittal of the data for such purpose. [<-Struck out]

        [Struck out->] (C) The purpose of the exchange is the health care operation specifically described in subparagraph (iv) of paragraph (6) of the definition of health care operations in section 164.501 of title 45, Code of Federal Regulations. [<-Struck out]

        [Struck out->] (D) The purpose of the exchange is for remuneration that is provided by a covered entity to a business associate for activities involving the exchange of protected health information that the business associate undertakes on behalf of and at the specific request of the covered entity pursuant to a business associate agreement. [<-Struck out]

        [Struck out->] (E) The purpose of the exchange is to provide an individual with a copy of the individual’s protected health information pursuant to section 164.524 of title 45, Code of Federal Regulations. [<-Struck out]

        [Struck out->] (F) The purpose of the exchange is otherwise determined by the Secretary in regulations to be similarly necessary and appropriate as the exceptions provided in subparagraphs (A) through (E). [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (3) REGULATIONS- The Secretary shall promulgate regulations to carry out paragraph (this subsection, including exceptions described in paragraph (2), not later than 18 months after the date of the enactment of this title. [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (4) EFFECTIVE DATE- Paragraph (1) shall apply to exchanges occurring on or after the date that is 6 months after the date of the promulgation of final regulations implementing this subsection. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (f) Access to Certain Information in Electronic Format- In applying section 164.524 of title 45, Code of Federal Regulations, in the case that a covered entity uses or maintains an electronic health record with respect to protected health information of an individual-- [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (1) the individual shall have a right to obtain from such covered entity a copy of such information in an electronic format; and [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (2) notwithstanding paragraph (c)(4) of such section, any fee that the covered entity may impose for providing such individual with a copy of such information (or a summary or explanation of such information) if such copy (or summary or explanation) is in an electronic form shall not be greater than the entity’s labor costs in responding to the request for the copy (or summary or explanation). [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (g) Clarification- Nothing in this subtitle shall constitute a waiver of any privilege otherwise applicable to an individual with respect to the protected health information of such individual. [<-Struck out]

[Struck out->] SEC. 4406. CONDITIONS ON CERTAIN CONTACTS AS PART OF HEALTH CARE OPERATIONS. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (a) Marketing- [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (1) IN GENERAL- A communication by a covered entity or business associate that is about a product or service and that encourages recipients of the communication to purchase or use the product or service shall not be considered a health care operation for purposes of subpart E of part 164 of title 45, Code of Federal Regulations, unless the communication is made as described in subparagraph (i), (ii), or (iii) of paragraph (1) of the definition of marketing in section 164.501 of such title. [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (2) PAYMENT FOR CERTAIN COMMUNICATIONS- A covered entity or business associate may not receive direct or indirect payment in exchange for making any communication described in subparagraph (i), (ii), or (iii) of paragraph (1) of the definition of marketing in section 164.501 of title 45, Code of Federal Regulations, except-- [<-Struck out]

        [Struck out->] (A) a business associate of a covered entity may receive payment from the covered entity for making any such communication on behalf of the covered entity that is consistent with the written contract (or other written arrangement) described in section 164.502(e)(2) of such title between such business associate and covered entity; or [<-Struck out]

        [Struck out->] (B) a covered entity may receive payment in exchange for making any such communication if the entity obtains from the recipient of the communication, in accordance with section 164.508 of title 45, Code of Federal Regulations, a valid authorization (as described in paragraph (b) of such section) with respect to such communication. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (b) Fundraising- Fundraising for the benefit of a covered entity shall not be considered a health care operation for purposes of section 164.501 of title 45, Code of Federal Regulations. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (c) Effective Date- This section shall apply to contracting occurring on or after the effective date specified under section 4423. [<-Struck out]

[Struck out->] SEC. 4407. TEMPORARY BREACH NOTIFICATION REQUIREMENT FOR VENDORS OF PERSONAL HEALTH RECORDS AND OTHER NON-HIPAA COVERED ENTITIES. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (a) In General- In accordance with subsection (c), each vendor of personal health records, following the discovery of a breach of security of unsecured PHR identifiable health information that is in a personal health record maintained or offered by such vendor, and each entity described in clause (ii) or (iii) of section 4424(b)(1)(A), following the discovery of a breach of security of such information that is obtained through a product or service provided by such entity, shall-- [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (1) notify each individual who is a citizen or resident of the United States whose unsecured PHR identifiable health information was acquired by an unauthorized person as a result of such a breach of security; and [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (2) notify the Federal Trade Commission. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (b) Notification by Third Party Service Providers- A third party service provider that provides services to a vendor of personal health records or to an entity described in clause (ii) or (iii) of section 4424(b)(1)(A) in connection with the offering or maintenance of a personal health record or a related product or service and that accesses, maintains, retains, modifies, records, stores, destroys, or otherwise holds, uses, or discloses unsecured PHR identifiable health information in such a record as a result of such services shall, following the discovery of a breach of security of such information, notify such vendor or entity, respectively, of such breach. Such notice shall include the identification of each individual whose unsecured PHR identifiable health information has been, or is reasonably believed to have been, accessed, acquired, or disclosed during such breach. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (c) Application of Requirements for Timeliness, Method, and Content of Notifications- Subsections (c), (d), (e), and (f) of section 402 shall apply to a notification required under subsection (a) and a vendor of personal health records, an entity described in subsection (a) and a third party service provider described in subsection (b), with respect to a breach of security under subsection (a) of unsecured PHR identifiable health information in such records maintained or offered by such vendor, in a manner specified by the Federal Trade Commission. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (d) Notification of the Secretary- Upon receipt of a notification of a breach of security under subsection (a)(2), the Federal Trade Commission shall notify the Secretary of such breach. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (e) Enforcement- A violation of subsection (a) or (b) shall be treated as an unfair and deceptive act or practice in violation of a regulation under section 18(a)(1)(B) of the Federal Trade Commission Act (15 U.S.C. 57a(a)(1)(B)) regarding unfair or deceptive acts or practices. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (f) Definitions- For purposes of this section: [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (1) BREACH OF SECURITY- The term ‘breach of security’ means, with respect to unsecured PHR identifiable health information of an individual in a personal health record, acquisition of such information without the authorization of the individual. [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (2) PHR IDENTIFIABLE HEALTH INFORMATION- The term ‘PHR identifiable health information’ means individually identifiable health information, as defined in section 1171(6) of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 1320d(6)), and includes, with respect to an individual, information-- [<-Struck out]

        [Struck out->] (A) that is provided by or on behalf of the individual; and [<-Struck out]

        [Struck out->] (B) that identifies the individual or with respect to which there is a reasonable basis to believe that the information can be used to identify the individual. [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (3) UNSECURED PHR IDENTIFIABLE HEALTH INFORMATION- [<-Struck out]

        [Struck out->] (A) IN GENERAL- Subject to subparagraph (B), the term ‘unsecured PHR identifiable health information’ means PHR identifiable health information that is not protected through the use of a technology or methodology specified by the Secretary in the guidance issued under section 4402(h)(2). [<-Struck out]

        [Struck out->] (B) EXCEPTION IN CASE TIMELY GUIDANCE NOT ISSUED- In the case that the Secretary does not issue guidance under section 4402(h)(2) by the date specified in such section, for purposes of this section, the term ‘unsecured PHR identifiable health information’ shall mean PHR identifiable health information that is not secured by a technology standard that renders protected health information unusable, unreadable, or indecipherable to unauthorized individuals and that is developed or endorsed by a standards developing organization that is accredited by the American National Standards Institute. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (g) Regulations; Effective Date; Sunset- [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (1) REGULATIONS; EFFECTIVE DATE- To carry out this section, the Secretary of Health and Human Services shall promulgate interim final regulations by not later than the date that is 180 days after the date of the enactment of this section. The provisions of this section shall apply to breaches of security that are discovered on or after the date that is 30 days after the date of publication of such interim final regulations. [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (2) SUNSET- The provisions of this section shall not apply to breaches of security occurring on or after the earlier of the following the dates: [<-Struck out]

        [Struck out->] (A) The date on which a standard relating to requirements for entities that are not covered entities that includes requirements relating to breach notification has been promulgated by the Secretary. [<-Struck out]

        [Struck out->] (B) The date on which a standard relating to requirements for entities that are not covered entities that includes requirements relating to breach notification has been promulgated by the Federal Trade Commission and has taken effect. [<-Struck out]

[Struck out->] SEC. 4408. BUSINESS ASSOCIATE CONTRACTS REQUIRED FOR CERTAIN ENTITIES. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] Each organization, with respect to a covered entity, that provides data transmission of protected health information to such entity (or its business associate) and that requires access on a routine basis to such protected health information, such as a Health Information Exchange Organization, Regional Health Information Organization, E-prescribing Gateway, or each vendor that contracts with a covered entity to allow that covered entity to offer a personal health record to patients as part of its electronic health record, is required to enter into a written contract (or other written arrangement) described in section 164.502(e)(2) of title 45, Code of Federal Regulations and a written contract (or other arrangement) described in section 164.308(b) of such title, with such entity and shall be treated as a business associate of the covered entity for purposes of the provisions of this subtitle and subparts C and E of part 164 of title 45, Code of Federal Regulations, as such provisions are in effect as of the date of enactment of this title. [<-Struck out]

[Struck out->] SEC. 4409. CLARIFICATION OF APPLICATION OF WRONGFUL DISCLOSURES CRIMINAL PENALTIES. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] Section 1177(a) of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 1320d-6(a)) is amended by adding at the end the following new sentence: ‘For purposes of the previous sentence, a person (including an employee or other individual) shall be considered to have obtained or disclosed individually identifiable health information in violation of this part if the information is maintained by a covered entity (as defined in the HIPAA privacy regulation described in section 1180(b)(3)) and the individual obtained or disclosed such information without authorization.’. [<-Struck out]

[Struck out->] SEC. 4410. IMPROVED ENFORCEMENT. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (a) In General- Section 1176 of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 1320d-5) is amended-- [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (1) in subsection (b)(1), by striking ‘the act constitutes an offense punishable under section 1177’ and inserting ‘a penalty has been imposed under section 1177 with respect to such act’; and [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (2) by adding at the end the following new subsection: [<-Struck out]

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    ‘(c) Noncompliance Due to Willful Neglect- [<-Struck out]

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      ‘(1) IN GENERAL- A violation of a provision of this part due to willful neglect is a violation for which the Secretary is required to impose a penalty under subsection (a)(1). [<-Struck out]

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      ‘(2) REQUIRED INVESTIGATION- For purposes of paragraph (1), the Secretary shall formally investigate any complaint of a violation of a provision of this part if a preliminary investigation of the facts of the complaint indicate such a possible violation due to willful neglect.’. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (b) Effective Date; Regulations- [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (1) The amendments made by subsection (a) shall apply to penalties imposed on or after the date that is 24 months after the date of the enactment of this title. [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (2) Not later than 18 months after the date of the enactment of this title, the Secretary of Health and Human Services shall promulgate regulations to implement such amendments. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (c) Distribution of Certain Civil Monetary Penalties Collected- [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (1) IN GENERAL- Subject to the regulation promulgated pursuant to paragraph (3), any civil monetary penalty or monetary settlement collected with respect to an offense punishable under this subtitle or section 1176 of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 1320d-5) insofar as such section relates to privacy or security shall be transferred to the Office of Civil Rights of the Department of Health and Human Services to be used for purposes of enforcing the provisions of this subtitle and subparts C and E of part 164 of title 45, Code of Federal Regulations, as such provisions are in effect as of the date of enactment of this Act. [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (2) GAO REPORT- Not later than 18 months after the date of the enactment of this title, the Comptroller General shall submit to the Secretary a report including recommendations for a methodology under which an individual who is harmed by an act that constitutes an offense referred to in paragraph (1) may receive a percentage of any civil monetary penalty or monetary settlement collected with respect to such offense. [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (3) ESTABLISHMENT OF METHODOLOGY TO DISTRIBUTE PERCENTAGE OF CMPS COLLECTED TO HARMED INDIVIDUALS- Not later than 3 years after the date of the enactment of this title, the Secretary shall establish by regulation and based on the recommendations submitted under paragraph (2), a methodology under which an individual who is harmed by an act that constitutes an offense referred to in paragraph (1) may receive a percentage of any civil monetary penalty or monetary settlement collected with respect to such offense. [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (4) APPLICATION OF METHODOLOGY- The methodology under paragraph (3) shall be applied with respect to civil monetary penalties or monetary settlements imposed on or after the effective date of the regulation. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (d) Tiered Increase in Amount of Civil Monetary Penalties- [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (1) IN GENERAL- Section 1176(a)(1) of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 1320d-5(a)(1)) is amended by striking ‘who violates a provision of this part a penalty of not more than’ and all that follows and inserting the following: ‘who violates a provision of this part-- [<-Struck out]

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        ‘(A) in the case of a violation of such provision in which it is established that the person did not know (and by exercising reasonable diligence would not have known) that such person violated such provision, a penalty for each such violation of an amount that is at least the amount described in paragraph (3)(A) but not to exceed the amount described in paragraph (3)(D); [<-Struck out]

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        ‘(B) in the case of a violation of such provision in which it is established that the violation was due to reasonable cause and not to willful neglect, a penalty for each such violation of an amount that is at least the amount described in paragraph (3)(B) but not to exceed the amount described in paragraph (3)(D); and [<-Struck out]

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        ‘(C) in the case of a violation of such provision in which it is established that the violation was due to willful neglect-- [<-Struck out]

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          ‘(i) if the violation is corrected as described in subsection (b)(3)(A), a penalty in an amount that is at least the amount described in paragraph (3)(C) but not to exceed the amount described in paragraph (3)(D); and [<-Struck out]

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          ‘(ii) if the violation is not corrected as described in such subsection, a penalty in an amount that is at least the amount described in paragraph (3)(D). [<-Struck out]

        [Struck out->] In determining the amount of a penalty under this section for a violation, the Secretary shall base such determination on the nature and extent of the violation and the nature and extent of the harm resulting from such violation.’. [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (2) TIERS OF PENALTIES DESCRIBED- Section 1176(a) of such Act (42 U.S.C. 1320d-5(a)) is further amended by adding at the end the following new paragraph: [<-Struck out]

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      ‘(3) TIERS OF PENALTIES DESCRIBED- For purposes of paragraph (1), with respect to a violation by a person of a provision of this part-- [<-Struck out]

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        ‘(A) the amount described in this subparagraph is $100 for each such violation, except that the total amount imposed on the person for all such violations of an identical requirement or prohibition during a calendar year may not exceed $25,000; [<-Struck out]

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        ‘(B) the amount described in this subparagraph is $1,000 for each such violation, except that the total amount imposed on the person for all such violations of an identical requirement or prohibition during a calendar year may not exceed $100,000; [<-Struck out]

        [Struck out->]

        ‘(C) the amount described in this subparagraph is $10,000 for each such violation, except that the total amount imposed on the person for all such violations of an identical requirement or prohibition during a calendar year may not exceed $250,000; and [<-Struck out]

        [Struck out->]

        ‘(D) the amount described in this subparagraph is $50,000 for each such violation, except that the total amount imposed on the person for all such violations of an identical requirement or prohibition during a calendar year may not exceed $1,500,000.’. [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (3) CONFORMING AMENDMENTS- Section 1176(b) of such Act (42 U.S.C. 1320d-5(b)) is amended-- [<-Struck out]

        [Struck out->] (A) by striking paragraph (2) and redesignating paragraphs (3) and (4) as paragraphs (2) and (3), respectively; and [<-Struck out]

        [Struck out->] (B) in paragraph (2), as so redesignated-- [<-Struck out]

          [Struck out->] (i) in subparagraph (A), by striking ‘in subparagraph (B), a penalty may not be imposed under subsection (a) if’ and all that follows through ‘the failure to comply is corrected’ and inserting ‘in subparagraph (B) or subsection (a)(1)(C), a penalty may not be imposed under subsection (a) if the failure to comply is corrected’; and [<-Struck out]

          [Struck out->] (ii) in subparagraph (B), by striking ‘(A)(ii)’ and inserting ‘(A)’ each place it appears. [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (4) EFFECTIVE DATE- The amendments made by this subsection shall apply to violations occurring after the date of the enactment of this title. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (e) Enforcement Through State Attorneys General- [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (1) IN GENERAL- Section 1176 of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 1320d-5) is amended by adding at the end the following new subsection: [<-Struck out]

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    ‘(c) Enforcement by State Attorneys General- [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->]

      ‘(1) CIVIL ACTION- Except as provided in subsection (b), in any case in which the attorney general of a State has reason to believe that an interest of one or more of the residents of that State has been or is threatened or adversely affected by any person who violates a provision of this part, the attorney general of the State, as parens patriae, may bring a civil action on behalf of such residents of the State in a district court of the United States of appropriate jurisdiction-- [<-Struck out]

        [Struck out->]

        ‘(A) to enjoin further such violation by the defendant; or [<-Struck out]

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        ‘(B) to obtain damages on behalf of such residents of the State, in an amount equal to the amount determined under paragraph (2). [<-Struck out]

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      ‘(2) STATUTORY DAMAGES- [<-Struck out]

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        ‘(A) IN GENERAL- For purposes of paragraph (1)(B), the amount determined under this paragraph is the amount calculated by multiplying the number of violations by up to $100. For purposes of the preceding sentence, in the case of a continuing violation, the number of violations shall be determined consistent with the HIPAA privacy regulations (as defined in section 1180(b)(3)) for violations of subsection (a). [<-Struck out]

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        ‘(B) LIMITATION- The total amount of damages imposed on the person for all violations of an identical requirement or prohibition during a calendar year may not exceed $25,000. [<-Struck out]

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        ‘(C) REDUCTION OF DAMAGES- In assessing damages under subparagraph (A), the court may consider the factors the Secretary may consider in determining the amount of a civil money penalty under subsection (a) under the HIPAA privacy regulations. [<-Struck out]

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      ‘(3) ATTORNEY FEES- In the case of any successful action under paragraph (1), the court, in its discretion, may award the costs of the action and reasonable attorney fees to the State. [<-Struck out]

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      ‘(4) NOTICE TO SECRETARY- The State shall serve prior written notice of any action under paragraph (1) upon the Secretary and provide the Secretary with a copy of its complaint, except in any case in which such prior notice is not feasible, in which case the State shall serve such notice immediately upon instituting such action. The Secretary shall have the right-- [<-Struck out]

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        ‘(A) to intervene in the action; [<-Struck out]

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        ‘(B) upon so intervening, to be heard on all matters arising therein; and [<-Struck out]

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        ‘(C) to file petitions for appeal. [<-Struck out]

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      ‘(5) CONSTRUCTION- For purposes of bringing any civil action under paragraph (1), nothing in this section shall be construed to prevent an attorney general of a State from exercising the powers conferred on the attorney general by the laws of that State. [<-Struck out]

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      ‘(6) VENUE; SERVICE OF PROCESS- [<-Struck out]

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        ‘(A) VENUE- Any action brought under paragraph (1) may be brought in the district court of the United States that meets applicable requirements relating to venue under section 1391 of title 28, United States Code. [<-Struck out]

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        ‘(B) SERVICE OF PROCESS- In an action brought under paragraph (1), process may be served in any district in which the defendant-- [<-Struck out]

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          ‘(i) is an inhabitant; or [<-Struck out]

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          ‘(ii) maintains a physical place of business. [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->]

      ‘(7) LIMITATION ON STATE ACTION WHILE FEDERAL ACTION IS PENDING- If the Secretary has instituted an action against a person under subsection (a) with respect to a specific violation of this part, no State attorney general may bring an action under this subsection against the person with respect to such violation during the pendency of that action. [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->]

      ‘(8) APPLICATION OF CMP STATUTE OF LIMITATION- A civil action may not be instituted with respect to a violation of this part unless an action to impose a civil money penalty may be instituted under subsection (a) with respect to such violation consistent with the second sentence of section 1128A(c)(1).’. [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (2) CONFORMING AMENDMENTS- Subsection (b) of such section, as amended by subsection (d)(3), is amended-- [<-Struck out]

        [Struck out->] (A) in paragraph (1), by striking ‘A penalty may not be imposed under subsection (a)’ and inserting ‘No penalty may be imposed under subsection (a) and no damages obtained under subsection (c)’; [<-Struck out]

        [Struck out->] (B) in paragraph (2)(A)-- [<-Struck out]

          [Struck out->] (i) in the matter before clause (i), by striking ‘a penalty may not be imposed under subsection (a)’ and inserting ‘no penalty may be imposed under subsection (a) and no damages obtained under subsection (c)’; and [<-Struck out]

          [Struck out->] (ii) in clause (ii), by inserting ‘or damages’ after ‘the penalty’; [<-Struck out]

        [Struck out->] (C) in paragraph (2)(B)(i), by striking ‘The period’ and inserting ‘With respect to the imposition of a penalty by the Secretary under subsection (a), the period’; and [<-Struck out]

        [Struck out->] (D) in paragraph (3), by inserting ‘and any damages under subsection (c)’ after ‘any penalty under subsection (a)’. [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (3) EFFECTIVE DATE- The amendments made by this subsection shall apply to violations occurring after the date of the enactment of this Act. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (f) Allowing Continued Use of Corrective Action- Such section is further amended by adding at the end the following new subsection: [<-Struck out]

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    ‘(d) Allowing Continued Use of Corrective Action- Nothing in this section shall be construed as preventing the Office of Civil Rights of the Department of Health and Human Services from continuing, in its discretion, to use corrective action without a penalty in cases where the person did not know (and by exercising reasonable diligence would not have known) of the violation involved.’. [<-Struck out]

[Struck out->] SEC. 4411. AUDITS. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] The Secretary shall provide for periodic audits to ensure that covered entities and business associates that are subject to the requirements of this subtitle and subparts C and E of part 164 of title 45, Code of Federal Regulations, as such provisions are in effect as of the date of enactment of this Act, comply with such requirements. [<-Struck out]

[Struck out->] SEC. 4412. SPECIAL RULE FOR INFORMATION TO REDUCE MEDICATION ERRORS AND IMPROVE PATIENT SAFETY. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] Nothing under this subtitle shall prevent a pharmacist from communicating with patients in order to reduce medication errors and improve patient safety provided there is no remuneration other than for the treatment of the individual and payment for such treatment of the individual as defined in 45 CFR 164.501. The Secretary may by regulation authorize a pharmacy to receive remuneration that does not exceed their reasonable out-of-pocket costs for such communications if the Secretary determines that allowing this remuneration improves patient care and protects protected health information. [<-Struck out]

[Struck out->] PART II--RELATIONSHIP TO OTHER LAWS; REGULATORY REFERENCES; EFFECTIVE DATE; REPORTS [<-Struck out]

[Struck out->] SEC. 4421. RELATIONSHIP TO OTHER LAWS. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (a) Application of HIPAA State Preemption- Section 1178 of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 1320d-7) shall apply to a provision or requirement under this subtitle in the same manner that such section applies to a provision or requirement under part C of title XI of such Act or a standard or implementation specification adopted or established under sections 1172 through 1174 of such Act. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (b) Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act- The standards governing the privacy and security of individually identifiable health information promulgated by the Secretary under sections 262(a) and 264 of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 shall remain in effect to the extent that they are consistent with this subtitle. The Secretary shall by rule amend such Federal regulations as required to make such regulations consistent with this subtitle. [<-Struck out]

[Struck out->] SEC. 4422. REGULATORY REFERENCES. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] Each reference in this subtitle to a provision of the Code of Federal Regulations refers to such provision as in effect on the date of the enactment of this title (or to the most recent update of such provision). [<-Struck out]

[Struck out->] SEC. 4423. EFFECTIVE DATE. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] Except as otherwise specifically provided, the provisions of part I shall take effect on the date that is 12 months after the date of the enactment of this title. [<-Struck out]

[Struck out->] SEC. 4424. STUDIES, REPORTS, GUIDANCE. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (a) Report on Compliance- [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (1) IN GENERAL- For the first year beginning after the date of the enactment of this Act and annually thereafter, the Secretary shall prepare and submit to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions of the Senate and the Committee on Ways and Means and the Committee on Energy and Commerce of the House of Representatives a report concerning complaints of alleged violations of law, including the provisions of this subtitle as well as the provisions of subparts C and E of part 164 of title 45, Code of Federal Regulations, (as such provisions are in effect as of the date of enactment of this Act) relating to privacy and security of health information that are received by the Secretary during the year for which the report is being prepared. Each such report shall include, with respect to such complaints received during the year-- [<-Struck out]

        [Struck out->] (A) the number of such complaints; [<-Struck out]

        [Struck out->] (B) the number of such complaints resolved informally, a summary of the types of such complaints so resolved, and the number of covered entities that received technical assistance from the Secretary during such year in order to achieve compliance with such provisions and the types of such technical assistance provided; [<-Struck out]

        [Struck out->] (C) the number of such complaints that have resulted in the imposition of civil monetary penalties or have been resolved through monetary settlements, including the nature of the complaints involved and the amount paid in each penalty or settlement; [<-Struck out]

        [Struck out->] (D) the number of compliance reviews conducted and the outcome of each such review; [<-Struck out]

        [Struck out->] (E) the number of subpoenas or inquiries issued; [<-Struck out]

        [Struck out->] (F) the Secretary’s plan for improving compliance with and enforcement of such provisions for the following year; and [<-Struck out]

        [Struck out->] (G) the number of audits performed and a summary of audit findings pursuant to section 4411. [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (2) AVAILABILITY TO PUBLIC- Each report under paragraph (1) shall be made available to the public on the Internet website of the Department of Health and Human Services. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (b) Study and Report on Application of Privacy and Security Requirements to Non-HIPAA Covered Entities- [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (1) STUDY- Not later than one year after the date of the enactment of this title, the Secretary, in consultation with the Federal Trade Commission, shall conduct a study, and submit a report under paragraph (2), on privacy and security requirements for entities that are not covered entities or business associates as of the date of the enactment of this title, including-- [<-Struck out]

        [Struck out->] (A) requirements relating to security, privacy, and notification in the case of a breach of security or privacy (including the applicability of an exemption to notification in the case of individually identifiable health information that has been rendered unusable, unreadable, or indecipherable through technologies or methodologies recognized by appropriate professional organization or standard setting bodies to provide effective security for the information) that should be applied to-- [<-Struck out]

          [Struck out->] (i) vendors of personal health records; [<-Struck out]

          [Struck out->] (ii) entities that offer products or services through the website of a vendor of personal health records; [<-Struck out]

          [Struck out->] (iii) entities that are not covered entities and that offer products or services through the websites of covered entities that offer individuals personal health records; [<-Struck out]

          [Struck out->] (iv) entities that are not covered entities and that access information in a personal health record or send information to a personal health record; and [<-Struck out]

          [Struck out->] (v) third party service providers used by a vendor or entity described in clause (i), (ii), (iii), or (iv) to assist in providing personal health record products or services; [<-Struck out]

        [Struck out->] (B) a determination of which Federal government agency is best equipped to enforce such requirements recommended to be applied to such vendors, entities, and service providers under subparagraph (A); and [<-Struck out]

        [Struck out->] (C) a timeframe for implementing regulations based on such findings. [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (2) REPORT- The Secretary shall submit to the Committee on Finance, the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions, and the Committee on Commerce of the Senate and the Committee on Ways and Means and the Committee on Energy and Commerce of the House of Representatives a report on the findings of the study under paragraph (1) and shall include in such report recommendations on the privacy and security requirements described in such paragraph. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (c) Guidance on Implementation Specification To De-Identify Protected Health Information- Not later than 12 months after the date of the enactment of this title, the Secretary shall, in consultation with stakeholders, issue guidance on how best to implement the requirements for the de-identification of protected health information under section 164.514(b) of title 45, Code of Federal Regulations. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (d) GAO Report on Treatment Disclosures- Not later than one year after the date of the enactment of this title, the Comptroller General of the United States shall submit to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions of the Senate and the Committee on Ways and Means and the Committee on Energy and Commerce of the House of Representatives a report on the best practices related to the disclosure among health care providers of protected health information of an individual for purposes of treatment of such individual. Such report shall include an examination of the best practices implemented by States and by other entities, such as health information exchanges and regional health information organizations, an examination of the extent to which such best practices are successful with respect to the quality of the resulting health care provided to the individual and with respect to the ability of the health care provider to manage such best practices, and an examination of the use of electronic informed consent for disclosing protected health information for treatment, payment, and health care operations. [<-Struck out]

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Subtitle E--Miscellaneous Medicare Provisions

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[Struck out->] SEC. 4501. MORATORIA ON CERTAIN MEDICARE REGULATIONS. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (a) Delay in Phase Out of Medicare Hospice Budget Neutrality Adjustment Factor During Fiscal Year 2009- Notwithstanding any other provision of law, including the final rule published on August 8, 2008, 73 Federal Register 46464 et seq., relating to Medicare Program; Hospice Wage Index for Fiscal Year 2009, the Secretary of Health and Human Services shall not phase out or eliminate the budget neutrality adjustment factor in the Medicare hospice wage index before October 1, 2009, and the Secretary shall recompute and apply the final Medicare hospice wage index for fiscal year 2009 as if there had been no reduction in the budget neutrality adjustment factor. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (b) Non-Application of Phased-Out Indirect Medical Education (IME) Adjustment Factor for Fiscal Year 2009- [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (1) IN GENERAL- Section 412.322 of title 42, Code of Federal Regulations, shall be applied without regard to paragraph (c) of such section, and the Secretary of Health and Human Services shall recompute payments for discharges occurring on or after October 1, 2008, as if such paragraph had never been in effect. [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (2) NO EFFECT ON SUBSEQUENT YEARS- Nothing in paragraph (1) shall be construed as having any effect on the application of paragraph (d) of section 412.322 of title 42, Code of Federal Regulations. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (c) Funding for Implementation- In addition to funds otherwise available, for purposes of implementing the provisions of subsections (a) and (b), including costs incurred in reprocessing claims in carrying out such provisions, the Secretary of Health and Human Services shall provide for the transfer from the Federal Hospital Insurance Trust Fund established under section 1817 of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 1395i) to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Program Management Account of $2,000,000 for fiscal year 2009. [<-Struck out]

[Struck out->] SEC. 4502. LONG-TERM CARE HOSPITAL TECHNICAL CORRECTIONS. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (a) Payment- Subsection (c) of section 114 of the Medicare, Medicaid, and SCHIP Extension Act of 2007 (Public Law 110-173) is amended-- [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (1) in paragraph (1)-- [<-Struck out]

        [Struck out->] (A) by amending the heading to read as follows: ‘DELAY IN APPLICATION OF 25 PERCENT PATIENT THRESHOLD PAYMENT ADJUSTMENT’; [<-Struck out]

        [Struck out->] (B) by striking ‘the date of the enactment of this Act’ and inserting ‘July 1, 2007,’; and [<-Struck out]

        [Struck out->] (C) in subparagraph (A), by inserting ‘or to a long-term care hospital, or satellite facility, that as of December 29, 2007, was co-located with an entity that is a provider-based, off-campus location of a subsection (d) hospital which did not provide services payable under section 1886(d) of the Social Security Act at the off-campus location’ after ‘freestanding long-term care hospitals’; and [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (2) in paragraph (2)-- [<-Struck out]

        [Struck out->] (A) in subparagraph (B)(ii), by inserting ‘or that is described in section 412.22(h)(3)(i) of such title’ before the period; and [<-Struck out]

        [Struck out->] (B) in subparagraph (C), by striking ‘the date of the enactment of this Act’ and inserting ‘October 1, 2007 (or July 1, 2007, in the case of a satellite facility described in section 412.22(h)(3)(i) of title 42, Code of Federal Regulations)’. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (b) Moratorium- Subsection (d)(3)(A) of such section is amended by striking ‘if the hospital or facility’ and inserting ‘if the hospital or facility obtained a certificate of need for an increase in beds that is in a State for which such certificate of need is required and that was issued on or after April 1, 2005, and before December 29, 2007, or if the hospital or facility’. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (c) Effective Date- The amendments made by this section shall be effective and apply as if included in the enactment of the Medicare, Medicaid, and SCHIP Extension Act of 2007 (Public Law 110-173). [<-Struck out]

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TITLE V--MEDICAID PROVISIONS

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[Struck out->] SEC. 5000. TABLE OF CONTENTS OF TITLE. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] The table of contents of this title is as follows: [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] Sec. 5000. Table of contents of title. [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] Sec. 5001. Temporary increase of Medicaid FMAP. [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] Sec. 5002. Moratoria on certain regulations. [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] Sec. 5003. Transitional Medicaid assistance (TMA). [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] Sec. 5004. Protections for Indians under Medicaid and CHIP. [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] Sec. 5005. Consultation on Medicaid and CHIP. [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] Sec. 5006. Temporary increase in DSH allotments during recession. [<-Struck out]

[Struck out->] SEC. 5001. TEMPORARY INCREASE OF MEDICAID FMAP. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (a) Permitting Maintenance of FMAP- Subject to subsections (e), (f), and (g), if the FMAP determined without regard to this section for a State for-- [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (1) fiscal year 2009 is less than the FMAP as so determined for fiscal year 2008, the FMAP for the State for fiscal year 2008 shall be substituted for the State’s FMAP for fiscal year 2009, before the application of this section; [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (2) fiscal year 2010 is less than the FMAP as so determined for fiscal year 2008 or fiscal year 2009 (after the application of paragraph (1)), the greater of such FMAP for the State for fiscal year 2008 or fiscal year 2009 shall be substituted for the State’s FMAP for fiscal year 2010, before the application of this section; and [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (3) fiscal year 2011 is less than the FMAP as so determined for fiscal year 2008, fiscal year 2009 (after the application of paragraph (1)), or fiscal year 2010 (after the application of paragraph (2)), the greatest of such FMAP for the State for fiscal year 2008, fiscal year 2009, or fiscal year 2010 shall be substituted for the State’s FMAP for fiscal year 2011, before the application of this section, but only for the first calendar quarter in fiscal year 2011. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (b) General 4.9 Percentage Point Increase- [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (1) IN GENERAL- Subject to subsections (e), (f), and (g) and paragraph (2), for each State for calendar quarters during the recession adjustment period (as defined in subsection (h)(2)), the FMAP (after the application of subsection (a)) shall be increased (without regard to any limitation otherwise specified in section 1905(b) of the Social Security Act) by 4.9 percentage points. [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (2) SPECIAL ELECTION FOR TERRITORIES- In the case of a State that is not one of the 50 States or the District of Columbia, paragraph (1) shall only apply if the State makes a one-time election, in a form and manner specified by the Secretary and for the entire recession adjustment period, to apply the increase in FMAP under paragraph (1) and a 10 percent increase under subsection (d) instead of applying a 20 percent increase under subsection (d). [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (c) Additional Adjustment To Reflect Increase in Unemployment- [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (1) IN GENERAL- Subject to subsections (e), (f), and (g), in the case of a State that is a high unemployment State (as defined in paragraph (2)) for a calendar quarter during the recession adjustment period, the FMAP (taking into account the application of subsections (a) and (b)) for such quarter shall be further increased by the high unemployment percentage point adjustment specified in paragraph (3) for the State for the quarter. [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (2) HIGH UNEMPLOYMENT STATE- [<-Struck out]

        [Struck out->] (A) IN GENERAL- In this subsection, subject to subparagraph (B), the term ‘high unemployment State’ means, with respect to a calendar quarter in the recession adjustment period, a State that is 1 of the 50 States or the District of Columbia and for which the State unemployment increase percentage (as computed under paragraph (5)) for the quarter is not less than 1.5 percentage points. [<-Struck out]

        [Struck out->] (B) MAINTENANCE OF STATUS- If a State is a high unemployment State for a calendar quarter, it shall remain a high unemployment State for each subsequent calendar quarter ending before July 1, 2010. [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (3) HIGH UNEMPLOYMENT PERCENTAGE POINT ADJUSTMENT- [<-Struck out]

        [Struck out->] (A) IN GENERAL- The high unemployment percentage point adjustment specified in this paragraph for a high unemployment State for a quarter is equal to the product of-- [<-Struck out]

          [Struck out->] (i) the SMAP for such State and quarter (determined after the application of subsection (a) and before the application of subsection (b)); and [<-Struck out]

          [Struck out->] (ii) subject to subparagraph (B), the State unemployment reduction factor specified in paragraph (4) for the State and quarter. [<-Struck out]

        [Struck out->] (B) MAINTENANCE OF ADJUSTMENT LEVEL FOR CERTAIN QUARTERS- In no case shall the State unemployment reduction factor applied under subparagraph (A)(ii) for a State for a quarter (beginning on or after January 1, 2009, and ending before July 1, 2010) be less than the State unemployment reduction factor applied to the State for the previous quarter (taking into account the application of this subparagraph). [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (4) STATE UNEMPLOYMENT REDUCTION FACTOR- In the case of a high unemployment State for which the State unemployment increase percentage (as computed under paragraph (5)) with respect to a calendar quarter is-- [<-Struck out]

        [Struck out->] (A) not less than 1.5, but is less than 2.5, percentage points, the State unemployment reduction factor for the State and quarter is 6 percent; [<-Struck out]

        [Struck out->] (B) not less than 2.5, but is less than 3.5, percentage points, the State unemployment reduction factor for the State and quarter is 12 percent; or [<-Struck out]

        [Struck out->] (C) not less than 3.5 percentage points, the State unemployment reduction factor for the State and quarter is 14 percent. [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (5) COMPUTATION OF STATE UNEMPLOYMENT INCREASE PERCENTAGE- [<-Struck out]

        [Struck out->] (A) IN GENERAL- In this subsection, the ‘State unemployment increase percentage’ for a State for a calendar quarter is equal to the number of percentage points (if any) by which-- [<-Struck out]

          [Struck out->] (i) the average monthly unemployment rate for the State for months in the most recent previous 3-consecutive-month period for which data are available, subject to subparagraph (C); exceeds [<-Struck out]

          [Struck out->] (ii) the lowest average monthly unemployment rate for the State for any 3-consecutive-month period preceding the period described in clause (i) and beginning on or after January 1, 2006. [<-Struck out]

        [Struck out->] (B) AVERAGE MONTHLY UNEMPLOYMENT RATE DEFINED- In this paragraph, the term ‘average monthly unemployment rate’ means the average of the monthly number unemployed, divided by the average of the monthly civilian labor force, seasonally adjusted, as determined based on the most recent monthly publications of the Bureau of Labor Statistics of the Department of Labor. [<-Struck out]

        [Struck out->] (C) SPECIAL RULE- With respect to-- [<-Struck out]

          [Struck out->] (i) the first 2 calendar quarters of the recession adjustment period, the most recent previous 3-consecutive-month period described in subparagraph (A)(i) shall be the 3-consecutive-month period beginning with October 2008; and [<-Struck out]

          [Struck out->] (ii) the last 2 calendar quarters of the recession adjustment period, the most recent previous 3-consecutive-month period described in such subparagraph shall be the 3-consecutive-month period beginning with December 2009. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (d) Increase in Cap on Medicaid Payments to Territories- Subject to subsections (f) and (g) , with respect to entire fiscal years occurring during the recession adjustment period and with respect to fiscal years only a portion of which occurs during such period (and in proportion to the portion of the fiscal year that occurs during such period), the amounts otherwise determined for Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, and American Samoa under subsections (f) and (g) of section 1108 of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 1308) shall each be increased by 20 percent (or, in the case of an election under subsection (b)(2), 10 percent). [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (e) Scope of Application- The increases in the FMAP for a State under this section shall apply for purposes of title XIX of the Social Security Act and-- [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (1) the increases applied under subsections (a), (b), and (c) shall not apply with respect-- [<-Struck out]

        [Struck out->] (A) to payments under parts A, B, and D of title IV or title XXI of such Act (42 U.S.C. 601 et seq. and 1397aa et seq.); [<-Struck out]

        [Struck out->] (B) to payments under title XIX of such Act that are based on the enhanced FMAP described in section 2105(b) of such Act (42 U.S.C. 1397ee(b)); and [<-Struck out]

        [Struck out->] (C) to payments for disproportionate share hospital (DSH) payment adjustments under section 1923 of such Act (42 U.S.C. 1396r-4); and [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (2) the increase provided under subsection (c) shall not apply with respect to payments under part E of title IV of such Act. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (f) State Ineligibility and Limitation- [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (1) IN GENERAL- Subject to paragraphs (2) and (3), a State is not eligible for an increase in its FMAP under subsection (a), (b), or (c), or an increase in a cap amount under subsection (d), if eligibility standards, methodologies, or procedures under its State plan under title XIX of the Social Security Act (including any waiver under such title or under section 1115 of such Act (42 U.S.C. 1315)) are more restrictive than the eligibility standards, methodologies, or procedures, respectively, under such plan (or waiver) as in effect on July 1, 2008. [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (2) STATE REINSTATEMENT OF ELIGIBILITY PERMITTED- Subject to paragraph (3), a State that has restricted eligibility standards, methodologies, or procedures under its State plan under title XIX of the Social Security Act (including any waiver under such title or under section 1115 of such Act (42 U.S.C. 1315)) after July 1, 2008, is no longer ineligible under paragraph (1) beginning with the first calendar quarter in which the State has reinstated eligibility standards, methodologies, or procedures that are no more restrictive than the eligibility standards, methodologies, or procedures, respectively, under such plan (or waiver) as in effect on July 1, 2008. [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (3) SPECIAL RULES- A State shall not be ineligible under paragraph (1)-- [<-Struck out]

        [Struck out->] (A) for the calendar quarters before July 1, 2009, on the basis of a restriction that was applied after July 1, 2008, and before the date of the enactment of this Act, if the State, prior to July 1, 2009, reinstated eligibility standards, methodologies, or procedures that are no more restrictive than the eligibility standards, methodologies, or procedures, respectively, under such plan (or waiver) as in effect on July 1, 2008; or [<-Struck out]

        [Struck out->] (B) on the basis of a restriction that was effective under State law as of July 1, 2008, and would have been in effect as of such date, but for a delay (of not longer than 1 calendar quarter) in the approval of a request for a new waiver under section 1115 of such Act with respect to such restriction. [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (4) State’S APPLICATION TOWARD RAINY DAY FUND- A State is not eligible for an increase in its FMAP under subsection (b) or (c), or an increase in a cap amount under subsection (d), if any amounts attributable (directly or indirectly) to such increase are deposited or credited into any reserve or rainy day fund of the State. [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (5) RULE OF CONSTRUCTION- Nothing in paragraph (1) or (2) shall be construed as affecting a State’s flexibility with respect to benefits offered under the State Medicaid program under title XIX of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 1396 et seq.) (including any waiver under such title or under section 1115 of such Act (42 U.S.C. 1315)). [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (6) NO WAIVER AUTHORITY- The Secretary may not waive the application of this subsection or subsection (g) under section 1115 of the Social Security Act or otherwise. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (g) Requirement for Certain States- In the case of a State that requires political subdivisions within the State to contribute toward the non-Federal share of expenditures under the State Medicaid plan required under section 1902(a)(2) of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 1396a(a)(2)), the State is not eligible for an increase in its FMAP under subsection (a), (b), or (c), or an increase in a cap amount under subsection (d), if it requires that such political subdivisions pay a greater percentage of the non-Federal share of such expenditures for quarters during the recession adjustment period, than the percentage that would have been required by the State under such plan on September 30, 2008, prior to application of this section. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (h) Definitions- In this section, except as otherwise provided: [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (1) FMAP- The term ‘FMAP’ means the Federal medical assistance percentage, as defined in section 1905(b) of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 1396d(b)), as determined without regard to this section except as otherwise specified. [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (2) RECESSION ADJUSTMENT PERIOD- The term ‘recession adjustment period’ means the period beginning on October 1, 2008, and ending on December 31, 2010. [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (3) SECRETARY- The term ‘Secretary’ means the Secretary of Health and Human Services. [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (4) SMAP- The term ‘SMAP’ means, for a State, 100 percent minus the Federal medical assistance percentage. [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (5) STATE- The term ‘State’ has the meaning given such term in section 1101(a)(1) of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 1301(a)(1)) for purposes of title XIX of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 1396 et seq.). [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (i) Sunset- This section shall not apply to items and services furnished after the end of the recession adjustment period. [<-Struck out]

[Struck out->] SEC. 5002. MORATORIA ON CERTAIN REGULATIONS. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (a) Extension of Moratoria on Certain Medicaid Regulations- The following sections are each amended by striking ‘April 1, 2009’ and inserting ‘July 1, 2009’: [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (1) Section 7002(a)(1) of the U.S. Troop Readiness, Veterans’ Care, Katrina Recovery, and Iraq Accountability Appropriations Act, 2007 (Public Law 110-28), as amended by section 7001(a)(1) of the Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2008 (Public Law 110-252). [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (2) Section 206 of the Medicare, Medicaid, and SCHIP Extension Act of 2007 (Public Law 110-173), as amended by section 7001(a)(2) of the Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2008 (Public Law 110-252). [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (3) Section 7001(a)(3)(A) of the Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2008 (Public Law 110-252). [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (b) Additional Medicaid Moratorium- Notwithstanding any other provision of law, with respect to expenditures for services furnished during the period beginning on December 8, 2008 and ending on June 30, 2009, the Secretary of Health and Human Services shall not take any action (through promulgation of regulation, issuance of regulatory guidance, use of Federal payment audit procedures, or other administrative action, policy, or practice, including a Medical Assistance Manual transmittal or letter to State Medicaid directors) to implement the final regulation relating to clarification of the definition of outpatient hospital facility services under the Medicaid program published on November 7, 2008 (73 Federal Register 66187). [<-Struck out]

[Struck out->] SEC. 5003. TRANSITIONAL MEDICAID ASSISTANCE (TMA). [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (a) 18-Month Extension- [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (1) IN GENERAL- Sections 1902(e)(1)(B) and 1925(f) of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 1396a(e)(1)(B), 1396r-6(f)) are each amended by striking ‘September 30, 2003’ and inserting ‘December 31, 2010’. [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (2) EFFECTIVE DATE- The amendments made by this subsection shall take effect on July 1, 2009. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (b) State Option of Initial 12-Month Eligibility- Section 1925 of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 1396r-6) is amended-- [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (1) in subsection (a)(1), by inserting ‘but subject to paragraph (5)’ after ‘Notwithstanding any other provision of this title’; [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (2) by adding at the end of subsection (a) the following: [<-Struck out]

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      ‘(5) OPTION OF 12-MONTH INITIAL ELIGIBILITY PERIOD- A State may elect to treat any reference in this subsection to a 6-month period (or 6 months) as a reference to a 12-month period (or 12 months). In the case of such an election, subsection (b) shall not apply.’; and [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (3) in subsection (b)(1), by inserting ‘but subject to subsection (a)(5)’ after ‘Notwithstanding any other provision of this title’. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (c) Removal of Requirement for Previous Receipt of Medical Assistance- Section 1925(a)(1) of such Act (42 U.S.C. 1396r-6(a)(1)), as amended by subsection (b)(1), is further amended-- [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (1) by inserting ‘subparagraph (B) and’ before ‘paragraph (5)’; [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (2) by redesignating the matter after ‘REQUIREMENT- ’ as a subparagraph (A) with the heading ‘IN GENERAL- ’ and with the same indentation as subparagraph (B) (as added by paragraph (3)); and [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (3) by adding at the end the following: [<-Struck out]

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        ‘(B) STATE OPTION TO WAIVE REQUIREMENT FOR 3 MONTHS BEFORE RECEIPT OF MEDICAL ASSISTANCE- A State may, at its option, elect also to apply subparagraph (A) in the case of a family that was receiving such aid for fewer than three months or that had applied for and was eligible for such aid for fewer than 3 months during the 6 immediately preceding months described in such subparagraph.’. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (d) CMS Report on Enrollment and Participation Rates Under TMA- Section 1925 of such Act (42 U.S.C. 1396r-6), as amended by this section, is further amended by adding at the end the following new subsection: [<-Struck out]

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    ‘(g) Collection and Reporting of Participation Information- [<-Struck out]

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      ‘(1) COLLECTION OF INFORMATION FROM STATES- Each State shall collect and submit to the Secretary (and make publicly available), in a format specified by the Secretary, information on average monthly enrollment and average monthly participation rates for adults and children under this section and of the number and percentage of children who become ineligible for medical assistance under this section whose medical assistance is continued under another eligibility category or who are enrolled under the State’s child health plan under title XXI. Such information shall be submitted at the same time and frequency in which other enrollment information under this title is submitted to the Secretary. [<-Struck out]

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      ‘(2) ANNUAL REPORTS TO CONGRESS- Using the information submitted under paragraph (1), the Secretary shall submit to Congress annual reports concerning enrollment and participation rates described in such paragraph.’. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (e) Effective Date- The amendments made by subsections (b) through (d) shall take effect on July 1, 2009. [<-Struck out]

[Struck out->] SEC. 5004. PROTECTIONS FOR INDIANS UNDER MEDICAID AND CHIP. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (a) Premiums and Cost Sharing Protection Under Medicaid- [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (1) IN GENERAL- Section 1916 of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 1396o) is amended-- [<-Struck out]

        [Struck out->] (A) in subsection (a), in the matter preceding paragraph (1), by striking ‘and (i)’ and inserting ‘, (i), and (j)’; and [<-Struck out]

        [Struck out->] (B) by adding at the end the following new subsection: [<-Struck out]

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    ‘(j) No Premiums or Cost Sharing for Indians Furnished Items or Services Directly by Indian Health Programs or Through Referral Under Contract Health Services- [<-Struck out]

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      ‘(1) NO COST SHARING FOR ITEMS OR SERVICES FURNISHED TO INDIANS THROUGH INDIAN HEALTH PROGRAMS- [<-Struck out]

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        ‘(A) IN GENERAL- No enrollment fee, premium, or similar charge, and no deduction, copayment, cost sharing, or similar charge shall be imposed against an Indian who is furnished an item or service directly by the Indian Health Service, an Indian Tribe, Tribal Organization, or Urban Indian Organization or through referral under contract health services for which payment may be made under this title. [<-Struck out]

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        ‘(B) NO REDUCTION IN AMOUNT OF PAYMENT TO INDIAN HEALTH PROVIDERS- Payment due under this title to the Indian Health Service, an Indian Tribe, Tribal Organization, or Urban Indian Organization, or a health care provider through referral under contract health services for the furnishing of an item or service to an Indian who is eligible for assistance under such title, may not be reduced by the amount of any enrollment fee, premium, or similar charge, or any deduction, copayment, cost sharing, or similar charge that would be due from the Indian but for the operation of subparagraph (A). [<-Struck out]

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      ‘(2) RULE OF CONSTRUCTION- Nothing in this subsection shall be construed as restricting the application of any other limitations on the imposition of premiums or cost sharing that may apply to an individual receiving medical assistance under this title who is an Indian.’. [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (2) CONFORMING AMENDMENT- Section 1916A(b)(3) of such Act (42 U.S.C. 1396o-1(b)(3)) is amended-- [<-Struck out]

        [Struck out->] (A) in subparagraph (A), by adding at the end the following new clause: [<-Struck out]

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          ‘(vi) An Indian who is furnished an item or service directly by the Indian Health Service, an Indian Tribe, Tribal Organization or Urban Indian Organization or through referral under contract health services.’; and [<-Struck out]

        [Struck out->] (B) in subparagraph (B), by adding at the end the following new clause: [<-Struck out]

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          ‘(ix) Items and services furnished to an Indian directly by the Indian Health Service, an Indian Tribe, Tribal Organization or Urban Indian Organization or through referral under contract health services.’. [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (3) EFFECTIVE DATE- The amendments made by this subsection shall take effect on October 1, 2009. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (b) Treatment of Certain Property From Resources for Medicaid and CHIP Eligibility- [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (1) MEDICAID- Section 1902 of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 1396a), as amended by section 3003(a) of the Health Insurance Assistance for the Unemployed Act of 2009, is amended by adding at the end the following new subsection: [<-Struck out]

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    ‘(ee) Notwithstanding any other requirement of this title or any other provision of Federal or State law, a State shall disregard the following property from resources for purposes of determining the eligibility of an individual who is an Indian for medical assistance under this title: [<-Struck out]

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      ‘(1) Property, including real property and improvements, that is held in trust, subject to Federal restrictions, or otherwise under the supervision of the Secretary of the Interior, located on a reservation, including any federally recognized Indian Tribe’s reservation, pueblo, or colony, including former reservations in Oklahoma, Alaska Native regions established by the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act, and Indian allotments on or near a reservation as designated and approved by the Bureau of Indian Affairs of the Department of the Interior. [<-Struck out]

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      ‘(2) For any federally recognized Tribe not described in paragraph (1), property located within the most recent boundaries of a prior Federal reservation. [<-Struck out]

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      ‘(3) Ownership interests in rents, leases, royalties, or usage rights related to natural resources (including extraction of natural resources or harvesting of timber, other plants and plant products, animals, fish, and shellfish) resulting from the exercise of federally protected rights. [<-Struck out]

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      ‘(4) Ownership interests in or usage rights to items not covered by paragraphs (1) through (3) that have unique religious, spiritual, traditional, or cultural significance or rights that support subsistence or a traditional lifestyle according to applicable tribal law or custom.’. [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (2) APPLICATION TO CHIP- Section 2107(e)(1) of such Act (42 U.S.C. 1397gg(e)(1)) is amended by adding at the end the following new subparagraph: [<-Struck out]

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        ‘(E) Section 1902(ff) (relating to disregard of certain property for purposes of making eligibility determinations).’. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (c) Continuation of Current Law Protections of Certain Indian Property From Medicaid Estate Recovery- Section 1917(b)(3) of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 1396p(b)(3)) is amended-- [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (1) by inserting ‘(A)’ after ‘(3)’; and [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (2) by adding at the end the following new subparagraph: [<-Struck out]

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        ‘(B) The standards specified by the Secretary under subparagraph (A) shall require that the procedures established by the State agency under subparagraph (A) exempt income, resources, and property that are exempt from the application of this subsection as of April 1, 2003, under manual instructions issued to carry out this subsection (as in effect on such date) because of the Federal responsibility for Indian Tribes and Alaska Native Villages. Nothing in this subparagraph shall be construed as preventing the Secretary from providing additional estate recovery exemptions under this title for Indians.’. [<-Struck out]

[Struck out->] SEC. 5005. CONSULTATION ON MEDICAID AND CHIP. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (a) In General- Section 1139 of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 1320b-9) is amended to read as follows: [<-Struck out]

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‘CONSULTATION WITH TRIBAL TECHNICAL ADVISORY GROUP (TTAG) [<-Struck out]

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    ‘Sec. 1139. The Secretary shall maintain within the Centers for Medicaid & Medicare Services (CMS) a Tribal Technical Advisory Group, which was first established in accordance with requirements of the charter dated September 30, 2003, and the Secretary shall include in such Group a representative of the Urban Indian Organizations and the Service. The representative of the Urban Indian Organization shall be deemed to be an elected officer of a tribal government for purposes of applying section 204(b) of the Unfunded Mandates Reform Act of 1995 (2 U.S.C. 1534(b)).’. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (b) Solicitation of Advice Under Medicaid and CHIP- [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (1) MEDICAID STATE PLAN AMENDMENT- Section 1902(a) of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 1396a(a)) is amended-- [<-Struck out]

        [Struck out->] (A) in paragraph (70), by striking ‘and’ at the end; [<-Struck out]

        [Struck out->] (B) in paragraph (71), by striking the period at the end and inserting ‘; and’; and [<-Struck out]

        [Struck out->] (C) by inserting after paragraph (71), the following new paragraph: [<-Struck out]

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      ‘(72) in the case of any State in which 1 or more Indian Health Programs or Urban Indian Organizations furnishes health care services, provide for a process under which the State seeks advice on a regular, ongoing basis from designees of such Indian Health Programs and Urban Indian Organizations on matters relating to the application of this title that are likely to have a direct effect on such Indian Health Programs and Urban Indian Organizations and that-- [<-Struck out]

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        ‘(A) shall include solicitation of advice prior to submission of any plan amendments, waiver requests, and proposals for demonstration projects likely to have a direct effect on Indians, Indian Health Programs, or Urban Indian Organizations; and [<-Struck out]

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        ‘(B) may include appointment of an advisory committee and of a designee of such Indian Health Programs and Urban Indian Organizations to the medical care advisory committee advising the State on its State plan under this title.’. [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (2) APPLICATION TO CHIP- Section 2107(e)(1) of such Act (42 U.S.C. 1397gg(e)(1)), as amended by section 5004(b), is amended by adding at the end the following new subparagraph: [<-Struck out]

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        ‘(F) Section 1902(a)(72) (relating to requiring certain States to seek advice from designees of Indian Health Programs and Urban Indian Organizations).’. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (c) Rule of Construction- Nothing in the amendments made by this section shall be construed as superseding existing advisory committees, working groups, guidance, or other advisory procedures established by the Secretary of Health and Human Services or by any State with respect to the provision of health care to Indians. [<-Struck out]

[Struck out->] SEC. 5006. TEMPORARY INCREASE IN DSH ALLOTMENTS DURING RECESSION. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] Section 1923(f)(3) of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 1396r-4(f)(3)) is amended-- [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (1) in subparagraph (A), by striking ‘paragraph (6)’ and inserting ‘paragraph (6) and subparagraph (E)’; and [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (2) by adding at the end the following new subparagraph: [<-Struck out]

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        ‘(E) TEMPORARY INCREASE IN ALLOTMENTS DURING RECESSION- [<-Struck out]

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          ‘(i) IN GENERAL- Subject to clause (ii), the DSH allotment for any State-- [<-Struck out]

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            ‘(I) for fiscal year 2009 is equal to 102.5 percent of the DSH allotment that would be determined under this paragraph for the State for fiscal year 2009 without application of this subparagraph, notwithstanding subparagraph (B); [<-Struck out]

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            ‘(II) for fiscal year 2010 is equal to 102.5 percent of the DSH allotment for the State for fiscal year 2009, as determined under subclause (I); and [<-Struck out]

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            ‘(III) for each succeeding fiscal year is equal to the DSH allotment for the State under this paragraph determined without applying subclauses (I) and (II). [<-Struck out]

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          ‘(ii) APPLICATION- Clause (i) shall not apply to a State for a year in the case that the DSH allotment for such State for such year under this paragraph determined without applying clause (i) would grow higher than the DSH allotment specified under clause (i) for the State for such year.’. [<-Struck out]

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TITLE VI--BROADBAND COMMUNICATIONS

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[Struck out->] SEC. 6001. INVENTORY OF BROADBAND SERVICE CAPABILITY AND AVAILABILITY. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (a) Establishment- To provide a comprehensive nationwide inventory of existing broadband service capability and availability, the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (‘NTIA’) shall develop and maintain a broadband inventory map of the United States that identifies and depicts the geographic extent to which broadband service capability is deployed and available from a commercial provider or public provider throughout each State. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (b) Public Availability and Interactivity- Not later than 2 years after the date of enactment of this Act, the NTIA shall make the broadband inventory map developed and maintained pursuant to this section accessible by the public on a World Wide Web site of the NTIA in a form that is interactive and searchable. [<-Struck out]

[Struck out->] SEC. 6002. WIRELESS AND BROADBAND DEPLOYMENT GRANT PROGRAMS. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (a) Grants Authorized- [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (1) IN GENERAL- The National Telecommunications and Information Administration (‘NTIA’) is authorized to carry out a program to award grants to eligible entities for the non-recurring costs associated with the deployment of broadband infrastructure in rural, suburban, and urban areas, in accordance with the requirements of this section. [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (2) PROGRAM WEBSITE- The NTIA shall develop and maintain a website to make publicly available information about the program described in paragraph (1), including-- [<-Struck out]

        [Struck out->] (A) each prioritization report submitted by a State under subsection (b); [<-Struck out]

        [Struck out->] (B) a list of eligible entities that have applied for a grant under this section, and the area or areas the entity proposes to serve; and [<-Struck out]

        [Struck out->] (C) the status of each such application, whether approved, denied, or pending. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (b) State Priorities- [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (1) PRIORITIES REPORT SUBMISSION- Not later than 75 days after the date of enactment of this section, each State intending to participate in the program under this section shall submit to the NTIA a report indicating the geographic areas of the State which-- [<-Struck out]

        [Struck out->] (A) for the purposes of determining the need for Wireless Deployment Grants under subsection (c), the State considers to have the greatest priority for-- [<-Struck out]

          [Struck out->] (i) wireless voice service in unserved areas; and [<-Struck out]

          [Struck out->] (ii) advanced wireless broadband service in underserved areas; and [<-Struck out]

        [Struck out->] (B) for the purposes of determining the need for Broadband Deployment Grants under subsection (d), the State considers to have the greatest priority for-- [<-Struck out]

          [Struck out->] (i) basic broadband service in unserved areas; and [<-Struck out]

          [Struck out->] (ii) advanced broadband service in underserved areas. [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (2) LIMITATION- The unserved and underserved areas identified by a State in the report required by this subsection shall not represent, in the aggregate, more than 20 percent of the population of such State. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (c) Wireless Deployment Grants- [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (1) AUTHORIZED ACTIVITY- The NTIA shall award Wireless Deployment Grants in accordance with this subsection from amounts authorized for Wireless Deployment Grants by this subtitle to eligible entities to deploy necessary infrastructure for the provision of wireless voice service or advanced wireless broadband service to end users in designated areas. [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (2) GRANT DISTRIBUTION- The NTIA shall seek to distribute grants, to the extent possible, so that 25 percent of the grants awarded under this subsection shall be awarded to eligible entities for providing wireless voice service to unserved areas and 75 percent of grants awarded under this subsection shall be awarded to eligible entities for providing advanced wireless broadband service to underserved areas. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (d) Broadband Deployment Grants- [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (1) AUTHORIZED ACTIVITY- The NTIA shall award Broadband Deployment Grants in accordance with this subsection from amounts authorized for Broadband Deployment Grants by this subtitle to eligible entities to deploy necessary infrastructure for the provision of basic broadband service or advanced broadband service to end users in designated areas. [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (2) GRANT DISTRIBUTION- The NTIA shall seek to distribute grants, to the extent possible, so that 25 percent of the grants awarded under this subsection shall be awarded to eligible entities for providing basic broadband service to unserved areas and 75 percent of grants awarded under this subsection shall be awarded to eligible entities for providing advanced broadband service to underserved areas. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (e) Grant Requirements- The NTIA shall-- [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (1) adopt rules to protect against unjust enrichment; and [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (2) ensure that grant recipients-- [<-Struck out]

        [Struck out->] (A) meet buildout requirements; [<-Struck out]

        [Struck out->] (B) maximize use of the supported infrastructure by the public; [<-Struck out]

        [Struck out->] (C) operate basic and advanced broadband service networks on an open access basis; [<-Struck out]

        [Struck out->] (D) operate advanced wireless broadband service on a wireless open access basis; and [<-Struck out]

        [Struck out->] (E) adhere to the principles contained in the Federal Communications Commission’s broadband policy statement (FCC 05-151, adopted August 5, 2005). [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (f) Applications- [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (1) SUBMISSION- To be considered for a grant awarded under subsection (c) or (d), an eligible entity shall submit to the NTIA an application at such time, in such manner, and containing such information and assurances as the NTIA may require. Such an application shall include-- [<-Struck out]

        [Struck out->] (A) a cost-study estimate for serving the particular geographic area to be served by the entity; [<-Struck out]

        [Struck out->] (B) a proposed build-out schedule to residential households and small businesses in the area; [<-Struck out]

        [Struck out->] (C) for applicants for Wireless Deployment Grants under subsection (c), a build-out schedule for geographic coverage of such areas; and [<-Struck out]

        [Struck out->] (D) any other requirements the NTIA deems necessary. [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (2) SELECTION- [<-Struck out]

        [Struck out->] (A) NOTIFICATION- The NTIA shall notify each eligible entity that has submitted a complete application whether the entity has been approved or denied for a grant under this section in a timely fashion. [<-Struck out]

        [Struck out->] (B) GRANT DISTRIBUTION CONSIDERATIONS- In awarding grants under this section, the NTIA shall, to the extent practical-- [<-Struck out]

          [Struck out->] (i) award not less than one grant in each State; [<-Struck out]

          [Struck out->] (ii) give substantial weight to whether an application is from an eligible entity to deploy infrastructure in an area that is an area-- [<-Struck out]

            [Struck out->] (I) identified by a State in a report submitted under subsection (b); or [<-Struck out]

            [Struck out->] (II) in which the NTIA determines there will be a significant amount of public safety or emergency response use of the infrastructure; [<-Struck out]

          [Struck out->] (iii) consider whether an application from an eligible entity to deploy infrastructure in an area-- [<-Struck out]

            [Struck out->] (I) will, if approved, increase the affordability of, or subscribership to, service to the greatest population of underserved users in the area; [<-Struck out]

            [Struck out->] (II) will, if approved, enhance service for health care delivery, education, or children to the greatest population of underserved users in the area; [<-Struck out]

            [Struck out->] (III) contains concrete plans for enhancing computer ownership or computer literacy in the area; [<-Struck out]

            [Struck out->] (IV) is from a recipient of more than 20 percent matching grants from State, local, or private entities for service in the area and the extent of such commitment; [<-Struck out]

            [Struck out->] (V) will, if approved, result in unjust enrichment because the eligible entity has applied for, or intends to apply for, support for the non-recurring costs through another Federal program for service in the area; and [<-Struck out]

            [Struck out->] (VI) will, if approved, significantly improve interoperable broadband communications systems available for use by public safety and emergency response; and [<-Struck out]

          [Struck out->] (iv) consider whether the eligible entity is a socially and economically disadvantaged small business concern, as defined under section 8(a) of the Small Business Act (15 U.S.C. 637). [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (g) Coordination and Consultation- The NTIA shall coordinate with the Federal Communications Commission and shall consult with other appropriate Federal agencies in implementing this section. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (h) Report Required- The NTIA shall submit an annual report to the Committee on Energy and Commerce of the House of Representatives and the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation of the Senate for 5 years assessing the impact of the grants funded under this section on the basis of the objectives and criteria described in subsection (f)(2)(B)(iii). [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (i) Rulemaking Authority- The NTIA shall have the authority to prescribe such rules as necessary to carry out the purposes of this section. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (j) Definitions- For the purpose of this section-- [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (1) the term ‘advanced broadband service’ means a service delivering data to the end user transmitted at a speed of at least 45 megabits per second downstream and at least 15 megabits per second upstream; [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (2) the term ‘advanced wireless broadband service’ means a wireless service delivering to the end user data transmitted at a speed of at least 3 megabits per second downstream and at least 1 megabit per second upstream over an end-to-end internet protocol wireless network; [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (3) the term ‘basic broadband service’ means a service delivering data to the end user transmitted at a speed of at least 5 megabits per second downstream and at least 1 megabit per second upstream; [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (4) the term ‘eligible entity’ means-- [<-Struck out]

        [Struck out->] (A) a provider of wireless voice service, advanced wireless broadband service, basic broadband service, or advanced broadband service, including a satellite carrier that provides any such service; [<-Struck out]

        [Struck out->] (B) a State or unit of local government, or agency or instrumentality thereof, that is or intends to be a provider of any such service; and [<-Struck out]

        [Struck out->] (C) any other entity, including construction companies, tower companies, backhaul companies, or other service providers, that the NTIA authorizes by rule to participate in the programs under this section, if such other entity is required to provide access to the supported infrastructure on a neutral, reasonable basis to maximize use; [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (5) the term ‘interoperable broadband communications systems’ means communications systems which enable public safety agencies to share information among local, State, Federal, and tribal public safety agencies in the same area using voice or data signals via advanced wireless broadband service; [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (6) the term ‘open access’ shall be defined by the Federal Communications Commission not later than 45 days after the date of enactment of this section; [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (7) the term ‘State’ includes the District of Columbia and the territories and possessions; [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (8) the term ‘underserved area’ shall be defined by the Federal Communications Commission not later than 45 days after the date of enactment of this section; [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (9) the term ‘unserved area’ shall be defined by the Federal Communications Commission not later than 45 days after the date of enactment of this section; [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (10) the term ‘wireless open access’ shall be defined by the Federal Communications Commission not later than 45 days after the date of enactment of this section; and [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (11) the term ‘wireless voice service’ means the provision of two-way, real-time, voice communications using a mobile service. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (k) Review of Definitions- Not later than 3 months after the date the NTIA makes a broadband inventory map of the United States accessible to the public pursuant to section 6001(b), the Federal Communications Commission shall review the definitions of ‘underserved area’ and ‘unserved area’, as defined by the Commission within 45 days after the date of enactment of this Act (as required by paragraphs (8) and (9) of subsection (j)), and shall revise such definitions based on the data used by the NTIA to develop and maintain such map. [<-Struck out]

[Struck out->] SEC. 6003. NATIONAL BROADBAND PLAN. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (a) Report Required- Not later than 1 year after the date of enactment of this section, the Federal Communications Commission shall submit to the Committee on Energy and Commerce of the House of Representatives and the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation of the Senate, a report containing a national broadband plan. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (b) Contents of Plan- The national broadband plan required by this section shall seek to ensure that all people of the United States have access to broadband capability and shall establish benchmarks for meeting that goal. The plan shall also include-- [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (1) an analysis of the most effective and efficient mechanisms for ensuring broadband access by all people of the United States; [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (2) a detailed strategy for achieving affordability of such service and maximum utilization of broadband infrastructure and service by the public; and [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (3) a plan for use of broadband infrastructure and services in advancing consumer welfare, civic participation, public safety and homeland security, community development, health care delivery, energy independence and efficiency, education, worker training, private sector investment, entrepreneurial activity, job creation and economic growth, and other national purposes. [<-Struck out]

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TITLE VII--ENERGY

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[Struck out->] SEC. 7001. TECHNICAL CORRECTIONS TO THE ENERGY INDEPENDENCE AND SECURITY ACT OF 2007. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (a) Section 543(a) of the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 (42 U.S.C. 17153(a)) is amended-- [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (1) by redesignating paragraphs (2) through (4) as paragraphs (3) through (5), respectively; and [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (2) by striking paragraph (1) and inserting the following: [<-Struck out]

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      ‘(1) 34 percent to eligible units of local government-alternative 1, in accordance with subsection (b); [<-Struck out]

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      ‘(2) 34 percent to eligible units of local government-alternative 2, in accordance with subsection (b);’. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (b) Section 543(b) of the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 (42 U.S.C. 17153(b)) is amended by striking ‘subsection (a)(1)’ and inserting ‘subsection (a)(1) or (2)’. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (c) Section 548(a)(1) of the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 (42 U.S.C. 17158(a)(1)) is amending by striking ‘; provided’ and all that follows through ‘541(3)(B)’. [<-Struck out]

[Struck out->] SEC. 7002. AMENDMENTS TO TITLE XIII OF THE ENERGY INDEPENDENCE AND SECURITY ACT OF 2007. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] Title XIII of the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 (42 U.S.C. 17381 and following) is amended as follows: [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (1) By amending subparagraph (A) of section 1304(b)(3) to read as follows: [<-Struck out]

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        ‘(A) IN GENERAL- In carrying out the initiative, the Secretary shall provide financial support to smart grid demonstration projects in urban, suburban, and rural areas, including areas where electric system assets are controlled by tax-exempt entities and areas where electric system assets are controlled by investor-owned utilities.’. [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (2) By amending subparagraph (C) of section 1304(b)(3) to read as follows: [<-Struck out]

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        ‘(C) FEDERAL SHARE OF COST OF TECHNOLOGY INVESTMENTS- The Secretary shall provide to an electric utility described in subparagraph (B) or to other parties financial assistance for use in paying an amount equal to not more than 50 percent of the cost of qualifying advanced grid technology investments made by the electric utility or other party to carry out a demonstration project.’. [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (3) By inserting after section 1304(b)(3)(D) the following new subparagraphs: [<-Struck out]

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        ‘(E) AVAILABILITY OF DATA- The Secretary shall establish and maintain a smart grid information clearinghouse in a timely manner which will make data from smart grid demonstration projects and other sources available to the public. As a condition of receiving financial assistance under this subsection, a utility or other participant in a smart grid demonstration project shall provide such information as the Secretary may require to become available through the smart grid information clearinghouse in the form and within the timeframes as directed by the Secretary. The Secretary shall assure that business proprietary information and individual customer information is not included in the information made available through the clearinghouse. [<-Struck out]

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        ‘(F) OPEN PROTOCOLS AND STANDARDS- The Secretary shall require as a condition of receiving funding under this subsection that demonstration projects utilize Internet-based or other open protocols and standards if available and appropriate.’. [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (4) By amending paragraph (2) of section 1304(c) to read as follows: [<-Struck out]

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      ‘(2) to carry out subsection (b), such sums as may be necessary.’. [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (5) By amending subsection (a) of section 1306 by striking ‘reimbursement of one-fifth (20 percent)’ and inserting ‘grants of up to one-half (50 percent)’. [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (6) By striking the last sentence of subsection (b)(9) of section 1306. [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (7) By striking ‘are eligible for’ in subsection (c)(1) of section 1306 and inserting ‘utilize’. [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (8) By amending subsection (e) of section 1306 to read as follows: [<-Struck out]

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    ‘(e) Procedures and Rules- The Secretary shall-- [<-Struck out]

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      ‘(1) establish within 60 days after the enactment of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 procedures by which applicants can obtain grants of not more than one-half of their documented costs; [<-Struck out]

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      ‘(2) require as a condition of receiving a grant under this section that grant recipients utilize Internet-based or other open protocols and standards if available and appropriate; [<-Struck out]

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      ‘(3) establish procedures to ensure that there is no duplication or multiple payment or recovery for the same investment or costs, that the grant goes to the party making the actual expenditures for qualifying smart grid investments, and that the grants made have significant effect in encouraging and facilitating the development of a smart grid; [<-Struck out]

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      ‘(4) maintain public records of grants made, recipients, and qualifying smart grid investments which have received grants; [<-Struck out]

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      ‘(5) establish procedures to provide advance payment of moneys up to the full amount of the grant award; and [<-Struck out]

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      ‘(6) have and exercise the discretion to deny grants for investments that do not qualify in the reasonable judgment of the Secretary.’. [<-Struck out]

[Struck out->] SEC. 7003. RENEWABLE ENERGY AND ELECTRIC POWER TRANSMISSION LOAN GUARANTEE PROGRAM. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (a) Amendment- Title XVII of the Energy Policy Act of 2005 (42 U.S.C. 16511 et seq.) is amended by adding the following at the end: [<-Struck out]

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‘SEC. 1705. TEMPORARY PROGRAM FOR RAPID DEPLOYMENT OF RENEWABLE ENERGY AND ELECTRIC POWER TRANSMISSION PROJECTS. [<-Struck out]

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    ‘(a) In General- Notwithstanding section 1703, the Secretary may make guarantees under this section only for commercial technology projects under subsection (b) that will commence construction not later than September 30, 2011. [<-Struck out]

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    ‘(b) Categories- Projects from only the following categories shall be eligible for support under this section: [<-Struck out]

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      ‘(1) Renewable energy systems, including incremental hydropower, that generate electricity. [<-Struck out]

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      ‘(2) Electric power transmission systems, including upgrading and reconductoring projects. [<-Struck out]

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      ‘(3) Leading edge biofuel projects that will use technologies performing at the pilot or demonstration scale that the Secretary determines are likely to become commercial technologies and will produce transportation fuels that substantially reduce life-cycle greenhouse gas emissions compared to other transportation fuels. [<-Struck out]

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    ‘(c) Factors Relating to Electric Power Transmission Systems- In determining to make guarantees to projects described in subsection (b)(2), the Secretary shall consider the following factors: [<-Struck out]

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      ‘(1) The viability of the project without guarantees. [<-Struck out]

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      ‘(2) The availability of other Federal and State incentives. [<-Struck out]

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      ‘(3) The importance of the project in meeting reliability needs. [<-Struck out]

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      ‘(4) The effect of the project in meeting a State or region’s environment (including climate change) and energy goals. [<-Struck out]

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    ‘(d) Wage Rate Requirements- The Secretary shall require that each recipient of support under this section provide reasonable assurance that all laborers and mechanics employed in the performance of the project for which the assistance is provided, including those employed by contractors or subcontractors, will be paid wages at rates not less than those prevailing on similar work in the locality as determined by the Secretary of Labor in accordance with subchapter IV of chapter 31 of part A of subtitle II of title 40, United States Code (commonly referred to as the ‘Davis-Bacon Act’). [<-Struck out]

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    ‘(e) Limitation- Funding under this section for projects described in subsection (b)(3) shall not exceed $500,000,000. [<-Struck out]

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    ‘(f) Sunset- The authority to enter into guarantees under this section shall expire on September 30, 2011.’. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (b) Table of Contents Amendment- The table of contents for the Energy Policy Act of 2005 is amended by inserting after the item relating to section 1704 the following new item: [<-Struck out]

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      ‘Sec. 1705. Temporary program for rapid deployment of renewable energy and electric power transmission projects.’. [<-Struck out]

[Struck out->] SEC. 7004. WEATHERIZATION ASSISTANCE PROGRAM AMENDMENTS. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (a) Income Level- Section 412(7) of the Energy Conservation and Production Act (42 U.S.C. 6862(7)) is amended by striking ‘150 percent’ both places it appears and inserting ‘200 percent’. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (b) Assistance Level Per Dwelling Unit- Section 415(c)(1) of the Energy Conservation and Production Act (42 U.S.C. 6865(c)(1)) is amended by striking ‘$2,500’ and inserting ‘$5,000’. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (c) Effective Use of Funds- In providing funds made available by this Act for the Weatherization Assistance Program, the Secretary may encourage States to give priority to using such funds for the most cost-effective efficiency activities, which may include insulation of attics, if, in the Secretary’s view, such use of funds would increase the effectiveness of the program. [<-Struck out]

[Struck out->] SEC. 7005. RENEWABLE ELECTRICITY TRANSMISSION STUDY. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] In completing the 2009 National Electric Transmission Congestion Study, the Secretary of Energy shall include-- [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (1) an analysis of the significant potential sources of renewable energy that are constrained in accessing appropriate market areas by lack of adequate transmission capacity; [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (2) an analysis of the reasons for failure to develop the adequate transmission capacity; [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (3) recommendations for achieving adequate transmission capacity; [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (4) an analysis of the extent to which legal challenges filed at the State and Federal level are delaying the construction of transmission necessary to access renewable energy; and [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (5) an explanation of assumptions and projections made in the Study, including-- [<-Struck out]

        [Struck out->] (A) assumptions and projections relating to energy efficiency improvements in each load center; [<-Struck out]

        [Struck out->] (B) assumptions and projections regarding the location and type of projected new generation capacity; and [<-Struck out]

        [Struck out->] (C) assumptions and projections regarding projected deployment of distributed generation infrastructure. [<-Struck out]

[Struck out->] SEC. 7006. ADDITIONAL STATE ENERGY GRANTS. [<-Struck out]

    [Struck out->] (a) In General- Amounts appropriated in paragraph (6) under the heading ‘Department of Energy--Energy Programs--Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy’ in title V of division A of this Act shall be available to the Secretary of Energy for making additional grants under part D of title III of the Energy Policy and Conservation Act (42 U.S.C. 6321 et seq.). The Secretary shall make grants under this section in excess of the base allocation established for a State under regulations issued pursuant to the authorization provided in section 365(f) of such Act only if the governor of the recipient State notifies the Secretary of Energy that the governor will seek, to the extent of his or her authority, to ensure that each of the following will occur: [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (1) The applicable State regulatory authority will implement the following regulatory policies for each electric and gas utility with respect to which the State regulatory authority has ratemaking authority: [<-Struck out]

        [Struck out->] (A) Policies that ensure that a utility’s recovery of prudent fixed costs of service is timely and independent of its retail sales, without in the process shifting prudent costs from variable to fixed charges. This cost shifting constraint shall not apply to rate designs adopted prior to the date of enactment of this Act. [<-Struck out]

        [Struck out->] (B) Cost recovery for prudent investments by utilities in energy efficiency. [<-Struck out]

        [Struck out->] (C) An earnings opportunity for utilities associated with cost-effective energy efficiency savings. [<-Struck out]

      [Struck out->] (2) The State, or the applicable units of local government that have authority to adopt building codes, will implement the following: [<-Struck out]

        [Struck out->] (A) A building energy code (or codes) for residential buildings that meets or exceeds the most recently published International Energy Conservation Code, or achieves equivalent or greater ener