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H.R. 221: Hydrographic Services Improvement Amendments Act

The text of the bill below is as of Jun 25, 2018 (Passed the House).


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115th CONGRESS

2d Session

H. R. 221

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

AN ACT

To reauthorize the Hydrographic Services Improvement Act of 1998, and for other purposes.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Hydrographic Services Improvement Amendments Act.

2.

Reauthorization of Hydrographic Services Improvement Act of 1998

(a)

Reauthorizations

Section 306 of the Hydrographic Services Improvement Act of 1998 (33 U.S.C. 892d) is amended—

(1)

by inserting before There are authorized the following: (a) In general.—;

(2)

in subsection (a) (as designated by paragraph (1))—

(A)

in paragraph (1), by striking surveys— and all that follows through the end of the paragraph and inserting surveys, $70,814,000 for each of fiscal years 2019 through 2023.;

(B)

in paragraph (2), by striking vessels— and all that follows through the end of the paragraph and inserting vessels, $25,000,000 for each of fiscal years 2019 through 2023.;

(C)

in paragraph (3), by striking Administration— and all that follows through the end of the paragraph and inserting Administration, $29,932,000 for each of fiscal years 2019 through 2023.;

(D)

in paragraph (4), by striking
title— and all that follows through the end of the paragraph and inserting title, $26,800,000 for each of fiscal years 2019 through 2023.; and

(E)

in paragraph (5), by striking
title— and all that follows through the end of the paragraph and inserting title, $30,564,000 for each of fiscal years 2019 through 2023.; and

(3)

by adding at the end the following new subsection:

(b)

Arctic programs

Of the amount authorized by this section for each fiscal year—

(1)

$10,000,000 is authorized for use to acquire hydrographic data, provide hydrographic services, conduct coastal change analyses necessary to ensure safe navigation, and improve the management of coastal change in the Arctic; and

(2)

$2,000,000 is authorized for use to acquire hydrographic data and provide hydrographic services in the Arctic necessary to delineate the United States extended Continental Shelf.

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(b)

Limitation on administrative expenses for surveys

Section 306 of such Act (33 U.S.C. 892d) is further amended by adding at the end the following:

(c)

Limitation on administrative expenses for surveys

Of amounts authorized by this section for each fiscal year for hydrographic surveys, not more than 5 percent is authorized for administrative costs.

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3.

GAO study

The Comptroller General of the United States shall, by not later than 18 months after the date of enactment of this Act—

(1)

conduct a study comparing the unit costs of hydrographic surveys conducted by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the unit costs of procuring performance of such surveys; and

(2)

report to the Congress on the findings of such study.

Passed the House of Representatives June 25, 2018.

Karen L. Haas,

Clerk.