< Back to S. 465 (113th Congress, 2013–2015)

Text of A bill to permit flexibility in the application of the budget sequester by Federal agencies.

This bill was introduced on March 5, 2013, in a previous session of Congress, but was not enacted. The text of the bill below is as of Mar 5, 2013 (Introduced).

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113th CONGRESS

1st Session

S. 465

IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

March 5, 2013

(for herself andMr. Udall of Colorado) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to theCommittee on the Budget

A BILL

To permit flexibility in the application of the budget sequester by Federal agencies.

1.

Definition

In this Act, the termagencymeans—

(1)

an Executive agency (as defined insection 105 of title 5, United States Code);

(2)

an office, agency, or other establishment in the legislative branch which is not a part of another office, agency, or other establishment in the legislative branch; and

(3)

an office, agency, or other establishment in the judicial branch which is not a part of another office, agency, or other establishment in the judicial branch.

2.

2013 sequester cancellation

Notwithstanding any other provision of law, the sequestration of budgetary resources for fiscal year 2013 ordered on March 1, 2013, pursuant tosection 251A of the Balanced Budget and Emergency Deficit Control Act of 1985is cancelled.

3.

Flexible sequester implemented by agency heads

(a)

In general

Notwithstanding any other provision of law, the budget sequester for an account in the security and non-security categories required bysection 251A of the Balanced Budget and Emergency Deficit Control Act of 1985for fiscal year 2013 shall be implemented within each account as determined by the head of the agency with spending authority over such account.

(b)

Appropriations oversight

(1)

In general

The head of an agency may not exercise the authority provided insubsection (a)unless the head has submitted a notice of implementation describing the proposed exercise of authority to the Committees on Appropriations of both Houses not later than 15 days before exercising such authority and each such committee approves the implementation as provided inparagraph (2).

(2)

Appropriations approval

After the committees receive an executive branch proposal for administering the sequester underparagraph (1)and not later than 5 days after such receipt, each committee, using standard procedures for reprogramming, shall accept or reject the proposal. If a proposal is accepted by both committees, the proposal may be implemented. If either committee rejects a proposal and notwithstandingsection 2, sequestration within the relevant agency will be administered through across the board cuts consistent withsection 251A of the Balanced Budget and Emergency Deficit Control Act of 1985.

4.

Department of Defense flexibility in management of multiyear contracts

(a)

In general

In implementing under section 251(a)(1) of the Balanced Budget and Emergency Deficit Control Act of 1985(2 U.S.C. 901(a)(1))the discretionary spending reductions required bysection 251A(7) of the Balanced Budget and Emergency Deficit Control Act of 1985, theSecretary of Defensemay, in consultation with theDirector of the Office of Management and Budget, take appropriate actions in the management of current multiyear contracts of theDepartment of Defenseto minimize the effects of such reductions in the carrying out of such contracts.

(b)

Authority for commencement of certain programs, projects, and activities of the Department of Defense

Notwithstanding section 102 of the Continuing Appropriations Resolution, 2013(Public Law 112–175), appropriations or funds made available or authority granted pursuant tosection 101 of that Resolutionfor theDepartment of Defensemay be used for the programs, projects, and activities specified inH.R. 5856, Department of Defense Appropriations Act, 2013, as reported with an amendment in theSenateon August 2, 2012 in the 112th Congress or the funding tables in division D of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2013(Public Law 112–239), including the following:

(1)

The new production of items not funded for production in fiscal year 2012 or prior fiscal years.

(2)

The increase in production rates above those sustained with fiscal year 2012 funds.

(3)

The initiation, resumption, or continuation of any project, activity, operation, or organization for which appropriations, funds, or other authority were not available during fiscal year 2012.

(c)

Clarification of availability of multiyear procurement authority for the Department of Defense

Notwithstanding section 102 of the Continuing Appropriations Resolution, 2013(Public Law 112–175),subsection (l)(3) of section 2306b of title 10, United States Code, or any other provision of law, theSecretary of Defenseand the Secretaries of the military departments may enter into contracts for multiyear procurements that are authorized by the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2013(Public Law 112–239).

(d)

Availability of certain Shipbuilding and Conversion funds

Of the amounts provided by section 101 of the Continuing Appropriations Resolution, 2013(Public Law 112–175)forShipbuilding and Conversion, Navy, $372,573,000 shall be available to fund prior year shipbuilding cost increases. The funds so available shall be transferred to, and merged with, the following appropriations accounts in the amounts specified:

(1)

Shipbuilding and Conversion, Navy, 2009/2013for the CVN Refueling Overhauls Program, $135,000,000.

(2)

Shipbuilding and Conversion, Navy, 2007/2013for the LHA Replacement Program, $156,685,000.

(3)

Shipbuilding and Conversion, Navy, 2008/2013for the LPD–17 Amphibious Transport Dock Program, $80,888,000.