Department of the Interior
Makes appropriations for FY2012 to the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) for: (1) land and resource management; (2) construction; (3) land acquisition; (4) Oregon and California grant lands; (5) range improvements; (6) service charges, deposits, and forfeitures with respect to public lands; and (7) miscellaneous trust funds.
Appropriates funds for FY2012 to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) for:
(1) resource management;
(3) land acquisition;
(4) expenses related to state conservation programs under the Endangered Species Act of 1973;
(5) the National Wildlife Refuge Fund;
(6) expenses related to carrying out the North American Wetlands Conservation Act;
(7) financial assistance for projects to promote the conservation of neotropical migratory birds;
(8) expenses related to carrying out, through the Multinational Species Conservation Fund, the African Elephant Conservation Act, the Asian Elephant Conservation Act of 1997, the Rhinoceros and Tiger Conservation Act of 1994, the Great Ape Conservation Act of 2000, and the Marine Turtle Conservation Act of 2004; and
(9) wildlife conservation grants to states, the District of Columbia, U.S. territories, and Indian tribes.
Makes appropriations for FY2012 to the National Park Service (NPS) (including rescission and transfer of funds) for: (1) the National Park System, (2) expenses for national recreation and preservation programs, (3) expenses related to carrying out the National Historic Preservation Act and the Omnibus Parks and Public Lands Management Act of 1996, (4) construction, and (5) land acquisition and state assistance from the Land and Water Conservation Fund.
Rescinds specified contract authority to obligate funds from the Land and Water Conservation Fund for FY2012.
Makes appropriations for FY2012 to:
(1) the U.S. Geological Survey for surveys, investigations, and research (including for satellite operations);
(2) the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, for ocean energy management (including expenses related to promoting volunteer beach and marine cleanup activities);
(3) the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement for offshore safety and environmental enforcement and oil spill research;
(4) the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement for regulation and technology and the Abandoned Mine Reclamation Fund;
(5) the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) and the Bureau of Indian Education (BIE) for operation of Indian programs, (including transfer of funds), construction (including transfer of funds), Indian land and water claim settlements and miscellaneous payments to Indians, and for Indian guaranteed loans;
(6) the Office of the Secretary for departmental offices;
(7) provide assistance to U.S. territories (including transfer of funds) and to carry out the Compacts of Free Association with respect to the Marshall Islands, Palau, and Micronesia;
(8) the Office of the Solicitor;
(9) the Office of Inspector General;
(10) provide for the operation of trust programs for Indians (including transfers of funds);
(11) wildland fire management, including for wildfire suppression to support federal emergency response actions (including transfers and rescission of funds);
(12) the FLAME Wildfire Suppression Reserve Fund for necessary expenses for large fire suppression operations and as a reserve fund for suppression and federal emergency response activities (including a transfer of funds);
(13) the Central Hazardous Materials Fund for expenses of the Department of the Interior and its component offices and bureaus for response action, including associated activities, performed pursuant to the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act of 1980 (CERCLA); and
(14) the Department of the Interior for natural resource damage assessment and restoration.
Amends the Chesapeake Bay Initiative Act of 1998 to extend the authorization of appropriations for the Chesapeake Bay Gateways and Watertrails Network through FY2013.
Allows a single procurement for the project to repair the damage done to the Washington Monument to be issued, so long as the solicitation and contract contain the clause "availability of funds" as found in a specified federal regulation.
Declares that, for FY2012, not less than 50% of the inspection fees collected by the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement will be used to fund personnel and mission-related costs to expand capacity and expedite the development, subject to environmental safeguards, of the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) pursuant to the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act, including the review of applications for permits to drill.
Authorizes the use of funds under title IV of P.L. 95-87 (Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977) for any required non-federal share of the cost of projects funded by the federal government for the purpose of environmental restoration related to the treatment or abatement of acid mine drainage from abandoned mines. States that such projects must be consistent with such Act's purposes and priorities.
Makes funds appropriated under the heading Wildland Fire Management made available for assistance to or through the Department of State in connection with forest and rangeland assistance in foreign countries available to support forestry, wildland fire management, and related natural resource activities outside of the United States and U.S. territories and possessions.
Rescinds a specified amount for wildland fire suppression in FY2011 from the funds made available under such heading.
Sets forth authorized and prohibited uses of specified funds.
Authorizes appropriations to the Department of the Interior for: (1) remedial actions under CERCLA; and (2) natural resource damage assessment and restoration activities to carry out CERCLA activities, the Federal Water Pollution Control Act (commonly known as the Clean Water Act [CWA]), the Oil Pollution Act of 1990, and provisions concerning managing certain National Park System resources.
Authorizes the NPS to implement modifications to the Tamiami Trail in accordance with the preferred alternative identified in the final environmental impact statement noticed in the Federal Register on December 14, 2010, relating to the restoration of the Everglades ecosystem.
Authorizes the Secretary of the Interior to acquire lands, waters, or interests therein for the purpose of operating and maintaining facilities in the support of transportation and accommodation of visitors to Ellis, Governors, and Liberty Islands.
Directs the Secretary of the Interior, in FY2012, to collect a nonrefundable inspection fee from the designated operator for facilities subject to inspection under the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act. Requires such fee to be deposited in the Ocean Energy Management account.
Requires annual fees to be collected, as prescribed by this section, for facilities that are above the waterline, excluding drilling rigs, and that are in place at the start of FY2012.
Requires fees for drilling rigs to be assessed, as prescribed by this section, for all inspections completed in FY2012.
Grants the Secretary of the Interior the authority to establish an oil and gas leasing Internet program, under which lease sales may be conducted through methods other than oral bidding.
Amends P.L. 109-54 (Department of the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2006) to provide that, for purposes of adjudicating Indian probate cases in the Department of the Interior, certain hearing requirements under provisions regarding descent and distribution of Indian lands are deemed satisfied by a proceeding conducted by an Indian probate judge appointed by the Secretary without regard to provisions governing competitive service appointments.
Authorizes the Secretary of the Interior, in order to implement a reorganization of the Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement (BOEMRE), to establish accounts and transfer funds among and between its affected offices and bureaus only in conformance with the reprogramming guidelines in the report accompanying this Act.
Requires, beginning July 1, 2008, any funds (except for construction funds) held by a P.L. 100-297 tribally controlled grant school or a P.L. 93-638 tribally controlled contract school, upon retrocession to or re-assumption by the BIE, to remain available for a five-year period for the benefit of the programs approved for such a school on October 1, 1995.
Authorizes the Secretary of the Interior to enter into certain multiyear cooperative agreements with nonprofits and other appropriate entities, and certain multiyear contracts for the long-term care and maintenance of excess wild free roaming horses and burros by nonprofits and other appropriate entities on private lands. Limits such an agreement or contract to ten years, subject to renewal at the discretion of the Secretary.
Authorizes the head of a BIE-operated school or the Director's designee, to enter into agreements with public and private persons and entities that provide for them to rent or lease such land or facilities of a BIE-operated school for such periods of time as the school is Bureau operated, in exchange for a consideration in the form of funds that benefits the school.
Requires funds received by such a school to be retained and used for school purposes otherwise authorized by law.
Permits education personnel who are under the direction and supervision of the Secretary of the Interior to participate in fundraising activities for the benefit of a BIE-operated school as part of their official duties.
Requires the Secretary to promulgate regulations to carry out this section within 16 months of enactment of this Act.
Makes the provisions of this section applicable through FY2014.
Amends P.L. 111-212 (Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2010) to extend, through FY2012, the requirements regarding the use of the National Park Service Recreation Fee Program account for the cost of adjustment and changes within the original scope of contracts for NPS projects funded by P.L. 111-5 (American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009) and for associated administrative costs when no funds are otherwise available for those purposes.
Directs the USFWS, in carrying out responsibilities to protect threatened and endangered species of salmon, to implement a system of mass marketing of salmonid stocks, intended for harvest, that are released from federally operated or financed hatcheries.
Bars any proposed new use of the Arizona & California Railroad Company's right-of-way for the conveyance of water from proceeding unless the Secretary of the Interior certifies that such use is within the scope of the right-of-way.
Prohibits funds made available to the Department of the Interior from being used, in relation to any proposal to store water underground for the purpose of export, for approval of any right-of-way or similar authorization on the Mojave National Preserve or lands managed by the Needles Field Office of the BLM, or for carrying out any activities associated with such right-of-way or similar approval.
Prohibits funds under this Act from being used by the Secretary of the Interior to implement or enforce regulations concerning boating within the Yukon-Charley Rivers National Preserve in Alaska, including waters subject to U.S. jurisdiction or any other authority. Prohibits this section from affecting the authority of the Coast Guard to regulate the use of waters subject to the jurisdiction of the United States within the Preserve.
Provides for FY2012 assistance levels to Palau. Limits assistance to FY2009 levels. Withholds such assistance if trust fund withdrawals exceed $5 million.
Authorizes the appointment, without regard to the civil service examination, certification, and appointment provisions, of certain former resource assistants of the Public Lands Corps who have subsequently earned an undergraduate or graduate degree from an accredited institution of higher education to a position with a land managing agency of the Department of the Interior. Bars such direct hire authority from being exercised with respect to any specific qualified candidate after the end of the two-year period beginning on the date on which such candidate completed such degree.
Amends the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act of 1980 (ANILCA) to direct the Secretary to establish an excepted service appointment authority for the hiring of individuals who have lived or worked near public lands situated in Alaska and who have special knowledge or expertise concerning natural or cultural resources and the management of such public lands to positions within those lands.
Gives an employment preference in the excepted service to individuals within those local hires who are eligible to be selected for such a position and who are preference eligibles.
Provides for individuals appointed on or after March 30, 2009, and who satisfactorily complete two years of continuous service in such an excepted service appointment and who meet satisfactory performance and competitive service qualification requirements, to have their appointments converted to competitive service career-conditional or career employment as appropriate.
Requires employees who do not meet competitive service qualification requirements after completing two years of such service in such an appointment to be converted upon meeting such requirements.
States that temporary and time-limited appointments will be made in the excepted service and that there is no provision for conversion to the competitive service when appointments are time-limited.
Authorizes, for FY2012-FY2013, the use of funds made available in this title for the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management and the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement by the Secretary of the Interior to establish higher minimum rates of basic pay for employees of the Department of the Interior in the Gulf of Mexico Region in the Geophysicist (GS-1313), Geologist (GS-1350), and Petroleum Engineer (GS-0881) job series at grades 5 through 15 at rates no greater than 25% above the minimum basic pay rates normally scheduled.
Allows, for FY2012-FY2013, a person to bring a civil action challenging a decision of the BLM concerning grazing on public lands only if the person has exhausted the administrative hearings and appeals procedures established by the Department of the Interior, including having filed a timely appeal and a request for stay, subject to an exception.
Permits consideration of an issue in the judicial review of such decision only if such issue was raised in such administrative review process.
Directs the Secretary of the Interior to accept the donation of valid existing permits or leases that authorize grazing on public lands in the California Desert Conservation Area.
Requires the Secretary to terminate each donated permit or lease, ensure a permanent end to grazing on the land covered by such permit or lease, and make the land available for mitigation by allocating the forage to wildlife use consistent with any applicable Habitat Conservation Plan, section 10 (a)(1)(B) permit, or section 7 consultation under the Endangered Species Act of 1973.
Instructs the Secretary if the land covered by a donated permit or lease is also covered by another valid existing permit or lease that is not donated, to reduce the authorized grazing level on the covered land to reflect the donation. Prohibits the Secretary from allowing grazing use to exceed the authorized level under such remaining valid existing permit or lease so as to ensure that there is a permanent reduction in the level of grazing on such land.
Authorizes the BLM, during FY2012-FY2013 and at its sole discretion, to review planning and implementation decisions regarding the trailing of livestock across public lands, including the issuance of crossing or trailing authorizations or permits under the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA). Prohibits subjecting temporary trailing or crossing authorizations across public lands to protest and/or appeal under specified federal regulations.
Authorizes the Secretary of the Interior to lease to the Savannah Bar Pilots Association or a successor organization up to 30,000 square feet of land and improvements in Fort Pulaski National Monument in Georgia at the location on Cockspur Island that has been used continuously by the Association since 1940.
Instructs the Secretary to require a rental fee based on fair market value adjusted, as deemed appropriate, for amounts to be spent by the lessee for property preservation, maintenance, or repair and related expenses.
Requires the proceeds from such fee to be deposited into a special account in the Treasury and made available for infrastructure needs at units of the National Park System.
Requires such a lease to: (1) be made for a term of no more than 10 years and, at the discretion of the Secretary, for successive terms; and (2) include any terms and conditions necessary for the protection of the resources of the Monument and the public interest.
Prohibits funds under this Act, or any other Act, from being used to implement, administer, or enforce Secretarial Order No. 3310 issued by the Secretary of the Interior on December 22, 2010, relating to the protection of wilderness characteristics on public lands under the management of the BLM. Prohibits anything in this section from restricting the Secretary's authorities under the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976 to inventory and identify public lands on a continual basis and to develop and revise land use plans.