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S. 3302 (91st): An Act to amend the Defense Production Act of 1950, and for other purposes

The text of the bill below is as of Aug 15, 1970 (Passed Congress).

796                                        PUBLIC LAW 91-379-AUG. 15, 1970                   [84 STAT.

                                                     SECRETARIAL      REPORTS

  J o i n t annual          SEC. 4. Upon completion of each year's pilot program, the Secretary
report to P r e s i -
dent for t r a n s -     of the Interior and Secretary of Agriculture shall prepare a joint report
mittal to Con-           detailing the contribution of the program toward achieving the pur-
gress,                   poses of the Act and providing recommendations. Each report shall be
                         submitted to the President not later than one hundred and eighty
                         days following completion of that year's pilot program. The President
                         shall transmit the report to the Congress for review and appropriate
                                                  AUTHORIZATION       OP   FUNDS

                           SEC. 5. F o r three years following enactment of this Act, there are
                         hereby authorized to be appropriated amounts not to exceed $3,500,000
                         annually to be made available to the Secretary of the Interior and the
                         Secretary of Agriculture to carry out the purposes of this Act.
                           Approved August 13, 1970.

                         Public Law 91-379
August 15, 1970
                                                              AN A C T
   [S. 3302]                  To amend the Defense Production Act of 1950, and for other purposes.

                          Be it enacted hy the Senate and House of Represe'titatives of the
   Defense Produc-       United States of America in Congress assemhled^
tion Act of 1950,
                         § lOL Extension of Act
                            The first sentence of section 717(a) of the Defense Production Act
  Ante,    p . 694.      of 1950 (50 U.S.C. App, 2166(a)) is amended—
                                 (1) by striking out "August 15, 1970'- and inserting in lieu
                              thereof "June 30, 1972"; and
                                 (2) by striking out "section 714" and inserting in lieu thereof
  Infra,                      "sections 714 and 719".
                         §102. Definitions
                            Section 702 of the Defense Production Act of 1950 (50 U.S.C. App.
  64 Stat. 815;          2152) is amended—
67 Stat. 130.
                                 (1) by inserting "space," after "stockpiling," in subsection (d) ;
                                 (2) by adding at the end thereof a new subsection as follows:
  " D e f e n s e con-     "(f) The term 'defense contractor' means any person who enters
                         into a contract with the United States for the production of material
                         or the performance of services for the national defense."
                         § 103. Uniform cost-accounting standards
  82 Stat. 279.            Title V I I of the Defense Production Act of 1950 is amended by
  50 u s e app.
2151-2167,               adding at the end thereof a new section as follows:

                                            T O S T - A C C O U N T I N G STANDARDS BOARD

                            "SEC. 719. (a) There is established, as an agent of the Congress, a
                         Cost-Accounting Standards Board which shall be independent of the
                         executive departments and shall consist of the Comptroller General of
                         the United States who shall serve as Chairman of the Board and four
                         members to be appointed by the Comptroller General, Of the members
                         ai^pointed to the Board, two, of whom one shall be particularly knowl-
                         edgeable about the cost accounting problems of small business, shall be
                         from the accounting profession, one shall be representative of indus-

84 STAT. ] PUBLIC LAW 91-379-AUG. 15, 1970 797 try, and one shall be from a department or agency of the Federal Gov- ernment who shall be appointed with the consent of the head of the department or agency concerned. The term of office of each of the appointed members of the Board shall be four years, except that any member appointed to fill a vacancy in the Board shall serve for the remainder of the term for which his predecessor was appointed. Each member of the Board appointed from private life shall receive com- pensation at the rate of one two-hundred-sixtieth of the rate prescribed for level IV of the Federal Executive Salary Schedule for each day so stat. 46i; (including traveltime) in which he is engaged in the actual perform- *Vusc ^531*5 and ance of duties vested in the Board. note. "(b) The Board shall have the power to appoint, fix the compensa- tion of, and remove an executive secretary and two additional staff members without regard to chapter 51, subchapters I I I and V I of chapter 53, and chapter 75 of title 5, United States Code, and those 5 u s e 5101, 5331, 5361,7501. provisions of such title relating to appointment in the competitive serv- ice. The executive secretary and the two additional staff members may be paid compensation at rates not to exceed the rates prescribed for levels I V and V of the Federal Executive Salary Schedule, respectively. "(c) The Board is authorized to appoint and fix the compensation of such other personnel as the Board deems necessary to carry out its functions. " ( d ) The Board may utilize personnel from the Federal Govern- ment (with the consent of the head of the agency concerned) or appoint personnel from private life without regard to chapter 51, sub- chapters I I I and V I of chap'ter 53, and chapter 75 of title 5, ITnited States Code, and those provisions of such title relating to appointment in the competitive service, to serve on advisory committees and task forces to assist the Board in carrying out its functions and responsibili- ties under this section. "(e) Except as otherwise provided in subsection ( a ) , members of the Board and officers or employees of other agencies of the Federal Government utilized under this section shall receive no compensation for their services as such but shall continue to receive the compensation of their regular positions. Appointees under subsection (d) from pri- vate life shall receive compensation at rates fixed by the Board, not to exceed one two-hundred-sixtieth of the rate prescribed for level V in the Federal Executive Salary Schedule for each day (including travel- 83^313^8*64^^' time) in which they are engaged in the actual performance of their 5 use 531*6 duties as prescribed by the Board. While serving away from their ^"'^ "°t^' homes or regular place of business. Board members and other appointees serving on an intermittent basis under this section shall be allowed travel expenses in accordance with section 5703 of title 5, United States Code. 83'stau'i9'*o!" "(f) All departments and agencies of the Government are author- ized to cooperate with the Board and to furnish information, appropriate personnel with or without reimbursement, and such financial and other assistance as may be agreed to between the Board and the department or agency concerned. " ( g ) The Board shall from time to time promulgate cost-accounting promuita'tton standards designed to achieve uniformity and consistency in the cost-accounting principles followed by defense contractors and sub- contractors under Federal contracts. Such promulgated standards shall be used by all relevant Federal agencies and by defense contractors and subcontractors in estimating, accumulating, and reporting costs in connection with the pricing, administration and settlement of all negotiated prime contract and subcontract national
798 PUBLIC LAW 91-379-AUG. 15, 1970 [84 STAT. defense procurements with the United States in excess of $100,000, other than contracts or subcontracts where the price negotiated is based on (1) established catalog or market prices of commercial items sold in substantial quantities to the general public, or (2) prices set by law or regulation. In promulgating such standards the Board shall take into account the probable costs of implementation compared to the probable benefits. Cost-accounting methods, advance " ( h ) (1) The Board is authorized to make, promulgate, amend, and d i s c l o s u r e by rescind rules and regulations for the implementation of cost-account- defense contrac- tors. ing standards promulgated under subsection (g). Such regulations shall require defense contractors and subcontractors as a condition of contracting to disclose in writing their cost-accounting principles, including methods of distinguishing direct costs from indirect costs and the basis used for allocating indirect costs, and to agree to a contract price adjustment, with interest, for any increased costs paid to the defense contractor by the United States because of the defense contractor's failure to comply with duly promulgated cost-accounting standards or to follow consistently his disclosed cost-accounting practices in pricing contract proposals and in accumulating and Interest ceiling, reporting coutract performance cost data. Such interest shall not exceed 7 per centum per annum measured from the time such payments were made to the contractor or subcontractor to the time such price adjustment is effected. If the parties fail to agree as to whether tlie defense contractor or subcontractor has complied with cost-accounting standards, the rules and regulations relating thereto, and cost adjust- ments demanded by the United States, such disagreement will constitute a dispute under the contract dispute clause. Exemption, ''(2) The Board is authorized, as soon as practicable after the date of enactment of this section, to prescribe rules and regulations exempt- ing from the requirements of this section such classes or categories of defense contractors or subcontractors under contracts negotiated in connection with national defense procurements as it determines, on the basis of the size of the contracts involved or otherwise, are appro- priate and consistent with the purposes souglit to l)e achieved by this section. Proposed s t a n d a r d s , trans' "(3) Cost-accounting standards promulgated under subsection (g) mittal to and rules and regulations prescribed under this subsection shall take Congress. effect not earlier than the expiration of the first period of sixty cal- endar days of continuous session of the ('ongress following the date on which a co])y of the proposed standards, rules, or regulations is trans- mitted to the Congress; if, between the date of transmittal and the expiration of such sixty-day period, there is not passed by the two Houses a concurrent resolution stating in substance that the Congress does not favor the proposed standards, rules, or regulations. For the purposes of this subparagraph, in the computation of the sixty-day period there shall be excluded the days on which either House is not in session because of adjournment of more than three days to a day certain or an adjournment of the Congress sine die. The provisions of this paragraph do not apply to modifications of cost accounting standards, rules, or regulations which have become effective in conformity with those provisions. Publication in Federal Register "(i) (A) Prior to the promulgation under this section of rules, reg- ulations, cost-accounting standards, and modifications thereof, notice of the action proposed to be taken, including a description of the terms and substance thereof, shall be published in the Federal Register. All l)iirties affected thereby shall be afforded a i^eriod of not less than thirty days after such publication in which to submit their views and comments with respect to the action proposed to be taken. After full
84 STAT.] PUBLIC LAW 91-379-AUG. 15, 1970 799 consideration of the views and comments so submitted the Board may ])romii]grtte rules, remilations, cost-accounting standards, and modifi- cations thereof which shall have the full force and effect of law and shall become effective not later than the start of the second fiscal quar- ter beginning after the expiration of not less than thirty days after publication in the Federal Register. " ( B ) The functions exercised under this section are excluded from the operation of sections 551, 553-559. and 701-706 of title 5, LTnited States Code. 80 Stat. 3 8 1 , 392. " ( C ) The provisions of paragraph (A) of this subsection shall not be applicable to rules and regulations prescribed by the Board pursu- ant to subsection (h) (2). " ( j ) For the purpose of detennining whether a defense contractor Records, availability. or subcontractor has complied with duly promulgated cost-accounting standards and has followed consistently his disclosed cost-accounting l)i-actices, any authorized representative of the head of the agency concerned, of the Board, or of the Comptroller General of the United States shall have the right to examine and make copies of any docu- ments, papers, or records of such contractor or subcontractor relating to compliance with such cost-ac<?ounting standards and principles. "(k) The Board shall report to the Congress, not later than Report to Congress. twenty-four months after the date of enactment of this section, concerning its progress in promulgating cost-accounting standards under subsection (g) and rules and regulations under subsection ( h ) . Thereafter, tlie Board shall make an annual report to the Congress with respect to its activities and operations, together with such recom- mendations as it deems appropriate. "(1) There are authorized to be appropriated such sums as may be Appropriation. necessary to carry out the provisions of tins section." § 104. Loan guarantees Section 801 of the Defense Production Act of 1950 (50 U.S.C. App. 2091) is amended by adding at the end thereof a new subsection as 64 Stat. 800; 67 Stat. 129. follows: "(e) (1) P^xcept witli the approval of the Congress, tlie maximum Limitations. obligation of any guaranteeing agency under any loan, discount, advance, or commitment in connection therewitli, entered into under this section shall not exceed $20,000,000. "(2) The authority conferred by this section shall not be used l)rimarily to pre\ent the financial msohency or bankruptcy of any person, unless " ( A ) the President certifies that the insolvency or bankruptcy would have a direct and substantially adverse effect upon defense j)i'oduction; and " ( B ) a copy of such certification, together with a detailed justification thereof, is transmitted to the (^ongress and to the Committees on Banking and Currency of the respective Houses at least ten days prior to the exercise of that authority for such use." T I T L E II—(^OST O F L I V I N G S T A B I L I Z A T I O N § 201. Short title Economic Stabilization Act This title may be cited as the "Economic Stabilization Act of 1970'' of 1970. Standby con- § 202. Presidential authority trols. The President is authorized to issue such orders and regulations as he may deem appropriate to stabilize prices, rents, wages, and salaries at levels not less than those prevailing on May 25, 1970. Such orders
800 PUBLIC LAW 91-380-AUG. 18, 1970 [84 STAT. and regulations may provide for the making of snch adjustments as may be necessary to prevent gross inequities. §203. Delegation The President may delegate the performance of any function under this title to such officers, departments, and agencies of the United States as he may deem appropriate. §204. Penalty Whoever willfully violates any order or regulation under this title shall be fined not more than $5,000. §205. Injunctions Whenever it appears to any agency of the United States, authorized by the President to exercise the authority contained in this section to enforce orders and regulations issued under this title, that any person has engaged, is engaged, or is about to engage in any acts or practices constituting a violation of any regulation or order under this title, it may in its discretion bring an action, in the proper district court of the United States or the proper United States court of any territory or other place subject to the jurisdiction of the United States, to enjoin such acts or practices, and upon a proper showing a permanent or temporary injunction or restraining order shall be granted without bond. Upon application of the agency, any such court may also issue mandatory injunctions commanding any pei-son to comply with any regulation or order under this title. §206. Expiration Post. p. 1468. "pi^j, authority to issue and enforce orders and regulations under this title expires at midnight February "28, 1971, but such expiration shall iiot atfect any proceeding under section 204 for a violation of any such ordei' or regulation, or for the punishment for contempt committed in the violation of any injunction issued under section 205, connnitted prior to March 1, 1071. ' Approved August 15, 1970. [Public Law 91-381 approved August 17, 1970.] Public Law 91-380 AN ACT August 18, 1970 [H. R. 16916] Making appropriations for the Office of Education for tlie fiscal year ending June 30, 1971, and for other purposes. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the Office of Edu- United States of America In Conqress assembled^ That the following cation Appropri- •'. ^ . • , .~ ation Act, 1971. suuis are appropriated, out oi any money m the ireasury not otherwise ai)propriated, for the Office of Education for the fiscal year ending Jmie 80, 1971, and for other purposes, namely: