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P.L. 111-147, The Hiring Incentives to Restore Employment Act
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Making appropriations for the Departments of Commerce and Justice, and Science, and Related Agencies for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2010.
Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2010 - Makes appropriations for FY2010 for the Departments of Commerce and Justice, for science-related programs, and related agencies.
<b>Title I: Department of Commerce</b> - Department of Commerce Appropriations Act, 2010 - Makes appropriations for the Department of Commerce for FY2010 for: (1) the International Trade Administration; (2) the Bureau of Industry and Security; (3) the Economic Development Administration; (4) the Minority Business Development Agency; (5) economic and statistical analysis programs; (6) the Bureau of the Census; (7) the National Telecommunications and Information Administration, including for grants for public telecommunications facilities, planning and construction; (8) the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO); (9) the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), including amounts for the Hollings Manufacturing Extension Partnership, the Technology Innovation Program, and the construction of new research facilities; (10) the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), for operations, research, and procurement, and acquisition and construction of capital assets; (11) restoration of Pacific salmon populations (12) the Coastal Zone Management Fund; (13) the fisheries finance program account; and (14) departmental management, including for the Office of Inspector General and for the renovation and modernization of the Herbert C. Hoover Building.
(Sec. 105) Adopts provisions of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2008, requiring notification to Congress on the GOES-R satellite development program of NOAA.
(Sec. 108) Amends the Emergency Steel Loan Guarantee Act of 1999 to extend through 2010 the authority of the Emergency Steel Loan Guarantee Board to guarantee any loan to a qualified steel company.<br>
<b>Title II: Department of Justice</b> - Department of Justice Appropriations Act, 2010 - Makes appropriations for the Department of Justice (DOJ) for FY2010 for: (1) general administration, including for information sharing technology, the Integrated Wireless Network supporting law enforcement communications, administration of pardon and clemency petitions and immigration-related activities, the Federal Detention Trustee, and the Office of Inspector General; (2) the United States Parole Commission; (3) legal activities, including reimbursement from the Vaccine Injury Compensation Trust Fund for processing cases under the National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act of 1986, for antitrust enforcement, the Offices of the United States Attorneys, the United States Trustee Program, the Foreign Claims Settlement Commission, fees and expenses of witnesses, the Community Relations Service, and the Assets Forfeiture Fund; (4) the United States Marshals Service, including for courthouse security equipment and construction of prisoner holding areas; (5) the National Security Division; (6) interagency crime and drug enforcement; (7) the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI); (8) the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA); (9) the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF); (10) the federal prison system, including for the construction of new buildings and facilities, and the Federal Prison Industries, Incorporated (subject to certain limitations on administrative expenses); (11) the Office on Violence Against Women, for violence against women prevention and prosecution programs; and (12) the Office of Justice Programs, including state and local law enforcement assistance, the Weed and Seed Program Fund, juvenile justice programs, public safety officers benefits, and community-oriented policing services.
(Sec. 202) Prohibits the use of funds to: (1) pay for an abortion, except where the life of the mother would be endangered if the fetus were carried to term, or in the case of rape; or (2) require any person to perform or facilitate an abortion.
(Sec. 204) Reaffirms the obligation of the Director of the Bureau of Prisons to provide escort services for female inmates to receive abortions outside a federal facility.
(Sec. 206) Authorizes the Attorney General to extend through FY2011, the Personnel Management Demonstration Project without limitation on the number of employees or positions covered.
(Sec. 207) Extends certain authorities for FBI and DEA undercover investigative operations to ATF.
(Sec. 208) Prohibits: (1) funding to transport a maximum or high security prisoner other than to a prison or facility certified by the Bureau of Prisons as appropriately secure; (2) federal prisons from purchasing cable television services or equipment for use primarily for recreational purposes (allows such services or equipment for inmate training or for religious or educational programs); (3) the obligation or expenditure of funds for Sentinel, or any other major new or enhanced information technology program with estimated development costs over $100 million, without certification to the House and Senate Committees on Appropriations that appropriate management and oversight mechanisms are in place and that such programs are compatible with DOJ enterprise architecture; (4) the use of funds for public-private competitions under Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Circular A-76 for work performed by employees of the Bureau of Prisons or of Federal Prison Industries, Incorporated; (5) funding for United States attorneys who are assigned dual or additional responsibilities by the Attorney General that exempt such attorneys from applicable residency requirements; and (6) funding for future phases of the FBI's Sentinel program until the Attorney General certifies to the House and Senate Committees on Appropriations that existing phases of such program have been substantially completed under a specified performance measurement baseline.
(Sec. 216) Makes permanent the authority of the FBI to pay retention and relocation bonuses.
(Sec. 218) Allows the FBI to pay cash awards to employees who maintain proficiency in foreign languages critical to its mission.
(Sec. 219) Authorizes the Attorney General to waive certain reporting requirements for state and local governments applying for grants under Byrne Memorial Law Enforcement Assistance Grant Program.
<b>Title III: Science</b> - Science Appropriations Act, 2010 - Makes appropriations for FY2010 for: (1) the Office of Science and Technology Policy; (2) the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) for science, aeronautics, exploration, space operations, and aerospace and aeronautical education research and development activities, for construction, and for the Office of Inspector General; and (3) the National Science Foundation (NSF) for research, equipment and facilities construction, science and engineering education and human resources programs, the Office of the National Science Board, and the Office of Inspector General.
<b>Title IV: Related Agencies </b>- Makes appropriations for FY2010 for: (1) the Commission on Civil Rights; (2) the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC); (3) the International Trade Commission; (4) the Legal Services Corporation; (5) the Marine Mammal Commission; (6) the Office of the United States Trade Representative; and (7) the State Justice Institute.
<b>Title V: General Provisions </b>- (Sec. 501) Sets forth requirements, restrictions, and limitations on the use of funds appropriated by this Act.
(Sec. 506) Prohibits the use of funds to implement, administer, or enforce any EEOC guidelines covering harassment based on religion.
(Sec. 507) Renders any person who mislabels a product sold in or shipped to the United States as "Made in America" ineligible to receive any contract or subcontract funded by this Act.
(Sec. 510) Prohibits the use of funds to promote the sale or export of tobacco or tobacco products or to seek the removal of restrictions on marketing of such products.
(Sec. 511) Prohibits funding for the implementation of: (1) any user fee for background checks under the Brady Handgun Control Act of 1993; and (2) any background check system that does not require and result in the destruction of information submitted by an individual certified as eligible to possess or receive a firearm.
(Sec. 513) Prohibits the use of DOJ funds to discriminate against or denigrate the religious or moral beliefs of students who participate in DOJ programs, or of the parents or legal guardians of such students.
(Sec. 518) Prohibits the use of funds to: (1) issue patents on claims directed to or encompassing a human organism; (2) support or justify the use of torture; (3) require licenses for exporting certain firearms to Canada; (4) deny certain import applications regarding curios or relics, firearms, parts, or ammunition; (5) include in any new bilateral or multilateral trade agreement certain language of the United States-Singapore Free Trade Agreement, the United States-Australia Free Trade Agreement, or the United States-Morocco Free Trade Agreement; (6) authorize a national security letter in contravention of statutes authorizing the FBI to issue national security letters; (7) purchase first class or premium airline travel in contravention of federal regulations; and (8) pay for the attendance of more than 50 federal employees at any single conference outside the United States.
(Sec. 526) Requires departments, agencies, and commissions funded under this Act to establish and maintain on their Internet websites direct links to their Offices of Inspector General, and a mechanism for anonymously reporting waste, fraud, and abuse.
(Sec. 531) Rescinds certain unobligated fund available to DOJ from prior appropriations.
(Sec. 533) Prohibits funds made available under this Act from being distributed to the Association of Community Organizations for Reform (ACORN) or its subsidiaries.
(Sec. 534) Directs the Comptroller General to conduct and report to Congress on an audit of federal funds received by ACORN or any subsidiary or affiliate.
Status of the Legislation
Latest Major Action: 12/16/2009: Resolving differences -- House actions. Status: On motion that the House agree with an amendment to the Agreed to by recorded vote: 217 - 212 (Roll no. 991).
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