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H.R. 4025 (98th): A bill to authorize the Administrator of General Services to transfer to the Smithsonian Institution without reimbursement the General Post Office Building and the site thereof located in the District of Columbia, and for other purposes.


The text of the bill below is as of Oct 19, 1984 (Passed Congress).


PUBLIC LAW 98-523—OCT. 19, 1984                                 98 STAT. 2433
Public Law 98-523
98th Congress
                                   An Act
To authorize the Administrator of General Services to transfer to the Smithsonian     Oct. 19, 1984
  Institution without reimbursement the General Post Office Building and the site
  thereof located in the District of Columbia, and for other purposes.                [H.R. 4025]

   Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the
United States of America in Congress assembled, That at such time                   Public buildings
as it is declared to be excess property pursuant to section 2(d) of this            and grounds.
Act, the Administrator of General Services (hereinafter in this Act                 Real property.
                                                                                    20 u s e 71 note.
referred to as the "Administrator") is authorized to transfer to the
Smithsonian Institution, in accordance with section 202 of the Fed-
eral Property and Administrative Services Act of 1949 (40 U.S.C.
483), without reimbursement, and for use by the Smithsonian Insti-
tution for certain art galleries and related functions, the General
Post Office Building with any attached underground structures and
the site of such building, located between Seventh and Eighth
Streets Northwest and E and F Streets Northwest, in the District of
Columbia.
   SEC. 2. (a) The Administrator, at the earliest practicable date,                 20 u s e 71 note.
shall relocate all operations of the United States International
Trade Commission (hereinafter in this Act referred to as the "Com-
mission") to a building in downtown Washington, District of Colum-
bia. The Administrator's determination as to such relocation shall                  Study.
be based on studies and investigations in which the Chairman of the
Commission shall have full opportunity to consult and cooperate
with the Administrator. Such consultation shall include opportunity
for the Chairman to participate jointly with the Administrator in
surveys of available buildings and to submit views and recommenda-
tions to the Administrator with respect to space suitable for the
Commission's operations. The Administrator shall advise the Chair-
man in writing of the building to which the operations of the
Commission are to be relocated. The Administrator's determination                   Effective date.
of such relocation shall not take effect for a period of at least sixty
days after the date such determination is made and the Chairman is
advised of the building to which the operations of the Commission
are to be relocated. In the event the Chairman disagrees with the                   Study.
Administrator's determination of such relocation, the Chairman,
within thirty days after the Chairman is advised of the building to
which the operations of the Commission are to be relocated, may
make a written request for review of such determination to the
Administrator, and the Administrator shall conduct a formal review
of such determination.
   (b) The Administrator and the Chairman shall each report sepa-                   Report.
rately in writing to the Committees on Environment and Public
Works, Finance, Rules and Administration, and Governmental Af-
fairs of the Senate and to the Committees on Public Works and
Transportation, Ways and Means, House Administration, and Gov-
ernment Operations of the House of Representatives not later than
sixty days after the date of enactment of this Act and every thirty

98 STAT. 2434 PUBLIC LAW 98-523—OCT. 19, 1984 days thereafter on the status of the relocation required by this section. Safety. (c) During the period in which the Commission and the United Historic States Postal Service continue to occupy the General Post Office preservation. Building referred to in the first section of this Act, the Administra- tor shall maintain such building in order to prevent its deterioration and to assure that conditions therein are safe and the building is presentable and suitable to the normal operations of the Commis- sion and such Service. (d) Upon accomplishment of the relocation required by subsection (a) of this section, the Administrator shall declare the property referred to in the first section of this Act to be excess property as defined in section 3 of the Federal Property and Administrative Services Act of 1949 (40 U.S.C. 472). Appropriation SEC. 3. There is authorized to be appropriated to the Board of authorization. Regents of the Smithsonian Institution $40,000,000 for fiscal years 20 u s e 71 note. Contracts with beginning after September 30, 1984, for renovation and repair, after U.S. the transfer made under the first section of this Act, of the General Post Office Building referred to in such section. Any portion of the sums appropriated under this section may be transferred to the General Services Administration which, in consultation with the Smithsonian Institution, is authorized to enter into contracts and take such other action, to the extent of the sums so transferred to it, as may be necessary to carry out such renovation and repair. No contract for such renovation or repair shall be advertised or entered into before the end of the period of thirty days of continuous session of Congress beginning on the date the Smithsonian Institution submits to the Committees on Public Works and Transportation and House Administration of the House of Representatives and the Committees on Environment and Public Works and Rules and Administration of the Senate the plans and advanced engineering and design for such renovation and repair. For purposes of this section, continuity of session is broken only by an adjournment of Congress sine die, and the days on which either House is not in session because of an adjournment of more than three days to a day certain are excluded in the computation of any period of time in which Congress is in continuous session. Approved October 19, 1984. LEGISLATIVE HISTORY—H.R. 4025: HOUSE REPORT No. 98-778, Pt. 1 (Comm. on Public Works and Transportation). SENATE REPORT No. 98-651 (Comm. on Environment and Pubhc Works and Comm. on Rules and Administration). CONGRESSIONAL RECORD, Vol. 130 (1984): Sept. 18, considered and passed House. Oct. 5, considered and passed Senate.