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S. 2299 (93rd): Joint Funding Simplification Act

The text of the bill below is as of Dec 5, 1974 (Passed Congress).

1604                                          PUBLIC LAW 93-510-DEC. 5, 1974                              [88 STAT.

                           management of the National Wildlife Refuge System or for enforce-
  16 use 710.              ment of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act shall not be diminished by
                           the amendments made to this subsection by the National AVildlife
                           Refuge System Administration Act Amendments of 1974, unless by
                           specific Act of Congress.".
                             Approved December 3, 1974.

                           Public Law 93-510
D e c e m b e r s , 1974                                           AN    ACT
      [S.2299]             rjy^ providc authority to expedite procedures for consideration and approval of
                             projects drawing upon more than one Federal assistance program, to simplify
                             requirements for operation of those projects, and for other purposes.

                             Be it enacted hy the Senate and How^e of Representatives of the
sii°Hfirrt'io!i"^          United States of America in Congress assembled^ That this Act may
Act of 1974.               be cited as the "Joint Funding Simplification Act of 1974".
  42 u s e 4251

  42 u s e 4 2 5 1 .         SEC. 2. The purpose of this Act is to enable State and local govern-
                           ments and private, nonprofit organizations to use Federal assistance
                           more effectively and efficiently, and to adapt that assistance more
                           readily to their particular needs through the wider use of projects
                           drawing upon resources available from more than one Federal agency,
                           program, or appropriation. I t is the further purpose of this Act to
                           encourage Federal-State arrangements under which local governments
                           and private, nonprofit organizations may more effectively and effi-
                           ciently combine State and Federal resources in support of projects
                           of common interest to the governments and organizations concerned.

                              BASIC R E S P O N S I B I L I T I E S OF T H E P R E S I D E N T AND HEADS OF FEDERAL

  42^usc'4°25^2              '^^^" ^' (^) The President shall promulgate such regulations as may
                           be necessary or appropriate to assure that this Act is applied by all
                           Federal agencies in a consistent manner and in accordance with its
                           purposes. He may, for this purpose, require that Federal agencies
                           adopt or prescribe procedures that will assure that applicants for
                           assistance to projects funded pursuant to the provisions of this Act
                           make appropriate efforts (1) to secure the views and recommendations
                           of non-Federal agencies that may be significantly affected by such
                           projects, and (2) to resolve questions of common interest to those
                           agencies prior to submission of any application.
                              (b) Subject to such regulations as the President may prescribe,
                           and to other applicable law, the heads of Federal agencies, by internal
                           agency oi-der or interagency agreement, may takfe the following
                                   (1) Identification of related programs likely to be particularly
                                suitable or appropriate for providing joint support for specific
                                kinds of projects thereunder.
                                   (2) Development and promulgation of guidelines, model or
                                illustrative projects, joint or common application forms, and other
                                material or guidance to assist in the planning and development of
                                projects drawing support from different programs.
                                   (3) Review of administratively established program require-
                                ments in order to determine which of those requirements may
                                impede joint support of projects thereunder and the extent to
                                which such requirements may be modified, making such modifica-

88 STAT. ] PUBLIC LAW 93-510-DEC. 5, 1974 160$ tions where appropriate. (4) Establishment of common technical or administrative rules with respect to related programs to assist in the joint use of funds in the support of specific projects or classes of projects under such programs. (5) Creation of joint or common application processing and project supervision procedures or mechanisms including proce- dures for designating lead agencies to assume responsibilities for processing applications on behalf of several agencies and for designation of managing agencies to assume responsibilities for project supervision on behalf of several agencies. (c) The head of each Federal agency shall be responsible for taking actions, to the maximum extent permitted under applicable law, that will further the purpose of this Act with respect to Federal assistance programs administered by his agency. Each Federal agency head shall also consult and cooperate with the heads of other Federal agen- cies in order similarly to promote the purposes of this Act with respect to Federal assistance programs of different agencies that may be used jointly in support of projects undertaken by State or local govern- ments, or private, nonprofit organizations. APPLICATION PROCESSING SEC. 4. Actions taken by Federal agency heads pursuant to this Act 42 u s e 4253. that relate to the processing of applications or requests for assistance under two or more Federal programs in support of any project shall be designed to assure, so far as reasonably possible, that (1) all required reviews and approvals are handled expeditiously; (2) full account is taken of any special considerations of timing that are made known by the applicant that would affect the feasibility of a jointly funded project; (3) the applicant is required to deal with a minimum number of Federal representatives, acting separately or as a common board or panel; (4) the applicant is promptly informed of decisions with respect to an application and of any special problems or impedi- ments that may affect the feasibility of Federal provision of assistance on a joint basis; and (5) the applicant is not required by representa- tives of any one Federal agency or program to obtain information or assurances concerning the requirements or actions of another Federal agency that could more appropriately be secured through direct com- munication among the Federal agencies involved. SPECIAL AUl'HORITIES—^BASIC CONDITIONS SEC. 5. Where appropriate to further the purposes of this Act, and ''^ use 4254. subject to the conditions prescribed in this section, heads of Federal agencies may use the authorities described in sections 6, 7, and 8 (relating to the establishment of uniform technical or administrative requirements, delegation of powers and responsibilities, and estab- lishment of joint management funds) with respect to projects assisted under more than one Federal assistance program. These authorities shall be exercised only pursuant to regulations prescribed by the Presi- dent. Those regulations shall include criteria or procedures to assure that the authorities are limited in use to problems that cannot be adequately dealt with through other actions pursuant to this Act or other applicable law, that they are applied only as necessary to promote expeditious processing of applications or effective and efficient admin- istration of projects, and that they are applied in a manner consistent with the protection of the Federal interest and with program purposes and statutory requirements. 1QA r» _ 7ft _ 1Q Dt
1606 PUBLIC LAW 93-510-DEC. 5, 1974 [88 STAT. ESTABLISHMENT OF UNIFORM TECHNICAL OR ADMINISTRATIVE REQUIREMENTS 42 use 4255. §£0. 6. (a) iln order to provide for projects that would otherwise be subject to varying or conflicting technical or administrative rules and procedures not required by law, the heads of Federal agencies may adopt uniform provisions with respect to— (1) inconsistent or conflicting requirements relating to financial administration of such projects, including accounting, reporting and auditing, and maintaining separate bank accounts, but only to the extent consistent with the requirements of section 8; (2) inconsistent or conflicting requirements relating to the timing of Federal payments for such projects where a single or combined schedule is to be established for the project as a whole; (3) inconsistent or conflicting requirements that assistance be extended in the form of a grant rather than a contract, or a contract rather than a grant; and (4) inconsistent or conflicting requirements relating to account- ability for, or the disposition of, records, property, or structures acquired or constructed with Federal assistance where common rules are established for the project as a whole. (b) In order to permit processing of applications in accordance with the purposes of this Act, Federal agency heads may provide for review of proposals for projects by a single panel, board, or committee in lieu of review by separate panels, boards, or committees except when such review is specifically required by law. (c) In promoting the more effective and efficient use of Federal assistance resources. Federal agency heads may waive requirements that a single or specific public agency be utilized or designated to receive, supervise, or otherwise administer a part of the Federal assist- ance drawn upon by any jointly funded project to the extent that administration by another public agency is determined to be fully con- sistent with applicable State or local law and with the objectives of the Federal assistance program involved. This authority may be exer- cised only (1) upon request of the head of a unit of general govern- ment, with respect to agencies that he certifies to be under his jurisdiction, or (2) with the agreement of the several State or local public agencies concerned. DELEGATION OF POWERS 42 u s e 4256. SEC. 7. With the approval of the President, agency heads may dele- gate to other Federal agencies powers and functions relating to the supervision or administration of Federal assistance, or otherwise arrange for other agencies to perform such activities, with respect to projects or classes of projects funded under the terms of this Act. Delegations under this section shall be made only on such conditions as may be appropriate to assure that the powers and functions dele- gated are exercised in full conformity with applicable statutory pro- visions and policies, and shall not relieve agency heads of responsibility for the proper and efficient management of projects funded by their agencies. F U N D I N G A R R A N G E M E N T S AND PROCEDURES 42 u s e 4257. SEC, 8. (a) In order to provide for the more effective administration of funds drawn from more than one Federal program or appropriation in support of projects under this Act, there may be established joint management funds with respect to such projects. There shall be trans-
88 STAT.] PUBLIC LAW 93-510-DEC. 5, 1974 1607 ferred to the joint management fund from each affected program or appropriation, from time to time, its proportionate share of amounts needed for payment to the grantee. Any unexpended amounts shall be returned to the joint management fund by the grantee at the comple- tion of the project. (b) Any account in a joint management fund shall be subject to such agreements, not inconsistent with this section and other appli- cable law, as may be entered into by the Federal agencies concerned w4th respect to the discharge of the responsibilities of those agencies and shall assure the availability of necessary information to those agencies and to the Congress. These agreements shall also pi'ovide that the agency administering a joint management fund shall be respon- sible and accountable by program and appropriation for the amounts provided for the purposes of each account established in the fund; and shall include procedures for determining, from time to time, whether amounts in the account are in excess of the amounts required, and for returning that excess to the participating Federal agencies according to the applicable appropriations, subject to fiscal year limitations. Excess amounts applicable to expired appropriations will be lapsed from that fund. (c) For each project financed through an account in a joint manage- Recordkeeping. ment fund established pursuant to this section, the recipients of moneys draw^n from the fund shall keep such records as the head of the Federal agency responsible for administering the fund will pre- scribe. Such records shall, as a minimum, fully disclose the amount and disposition by such recipient of Federal assistance received under each program and appropriation, the total cost of the project in connection with which such Federal assistance was given or used, the amount of that portion of the cost of the project supplied by other sources, and such other records as will facilitate an effective audit. (d) The head of the Federal agency responsible for administering Audit. such joint management fund and the Comptroller General of the United States or any of their duly authorized representatives, shall have access for the purpose of audit and examination to any books, documents, papers, and records of such recipients that are pertinent to the moneys received from such fund. (e) In the case of any project covered in a joint management fund, a single non-Federal share may be established according to the Federal share ratios applicable to the several Federal assistance programs involved and the proportion of funds transferred to the project account from each of those programs. A U X I L I A R Y PROVISIONS SEC. 9. Appropriations available to any Federal assistance program 42 u s e 4258. for technical assistance or the training of personnel may be made available for the provision of technical assistance and training in connection with projects proposed or approved for joint funding involving that program and any other Federal assistance program. FEDERAL-STATE ASSISTANCE A N D AGREEMENTS SEC. 10. Subject to such regulations as the President may prescribe. Regulations, 42 u s e 4259. Federal agencies may enter into agreements with States as appropriate to extend the benefits of this Act to projects involving assistance from one or more Federal agencies and one or more State agencies. These agreements may include arrangements for the processing of requests for, or the administration of, assistance to such projects on a joint basis.
1608 PUBLIC LAW 93-511-DEC. 5, 1974 [88 STAT. REPORTING Report to Con- gj,^^ n ^ ^ least OHe jesiT prior to the expiration of this Act, the ^42 use 4260. President shall submit a comprehensive report to the Congress on actions taken under this Act, and make recommendations for its con- tinuation, modification, or termination. The report shall provide a detailed evaluation of the functioning of this Act, including informa- tion regarding the benefits and costs of jointly funded projects accru- ing to the participating State and local governments and private, nonprofit organizations, and to the Federal Government. DEFINITIONS 42 u s e 4261. g^^^ -^2. A s UScd i u t h i s A c t — (1) the term "Federal assistance programs" means programs that provide assistance through grant or contractual arrange- ments, but does not include assistance in the form of revenue sharing, loans, loan guarantees, or insurance; (2) the term "applicant" means any State or local government or private, nonprofit organization acting separately or together in seeking assistance with respect to a single project; (3) the term "project" means any undertaking, whether of a temporary or continuing nature that includes components pro- posed or approved for assistance under more than one Federal program, or one or more Federal and one or more State programs, if each of those components contributes materially to the accom- plishment of a single purpose or closely related purposes; (4) the term "Federal agency" means any agency, department, corporation, independent establishment, or other entity of the executive branch of the Government of the United States; (5) the term "State" means any of the several States of the United States, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, any territory or possession of the United States, or any agency or instrumentality of a State, and any tribe as 25 use 1452. defined in section 3(c) of the Indian Financing Act (88"Stat. 7 7 ) ; (6) the term "local government" means a local unit of govern- ment including a city, county, parish, town, township, village, school district, council of governments, or other agency or instru- mentality of a local unit of government. EFFECTIVE DATE AND EXPIRATION "^^^use 4251 gEQ_ 13 This Act shall become effective sixty days following the note. date of enactment, and shall expire five years following the date upon which it becomes effective; except that the expiration of this Act shall not affect the status of any project approved prior to the date of such expiration. Approved December 5, 1974. Public Law 93-511 December 5, 1974 AN A C T [H. R. 16757] rp^ extend the Emergency Petroleum Allocation Act of 1973 until August 31, 1975. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled^ That section 4(g) 15 use 753. (1) of the Emergency Petroleum Allocation Act of 1973 is amended by striking out "February 28,1975" wherever it appears, and inserting in lieu thereof "August 31,1975". Approved December 5, 1974.