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    by Representative Harold Rogers

    Posted on 2015-01-13

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    ROGERS of Kentucky. I thank Chairman Carter for his great work in putting this bill together and for yielding the time.



    Mr. Chair, I rise in support of this bill that funds the Department of Homeland Security.

    In December, the House passed, on a bipartisan basis, an aggregated appropriations bill that funded most of the Federal Government, 11 of the 12 annual appropriations bills, and today we consider the last remaining of those bills.

    The security of our homeland is one of our highest priorities. This bill provides $39.7 billion for that purpose: to protect our borders, defend against the threats of terrorism, and enforce our Nation's laws.

    Today we will also consider amendments to the bill that will reverse the President's declaration of executive amnesty for illegal aliens. One of these amendments would change existing law to prohibit any funding, including fees, from being used to implement the order. As the chairman of the subcommittee has said, there are no appropriations in this bill for the illegal amnesty decree--that is being funded by fees--and this amendment would get at that problem.

    The American people have spoken loud and clear. They want our immigration laws enforced rather than unilaterally changed by executive decree in an unlawful way that undermines our Constitution and the integrity of our laws. I will vote for these amendments because the Presidential amnesty decree grossly exceeds this authority and violates the Constitution.

    The base legislation before us ensures that our immigration laws are upheld, that our border is fortified, and that the men and women on our front line remain well-equipped and trained. The bill provides $10.7 billion for Customs and Border Protection. That is an increase of $118- plus million above last year to support the largest operation force levels in the history of the country and to ensure around-the-clock border surveillance.

    Funding for Immigration and Customs Enforcement, ICE, is also boosted above last year, totaling $5.96 billion, including significant increases to detention bed capacity for both individuals and families, and full funding for E-Verify to ensure companies are hiring employees who can legally work in the U.S.

    In addition, the legislation provides funding to ensure the safety of our skies and our coasts. The Transportation Security Administration is funded at $4.8 billion, targeting funding to passenger security, cargo inspections, and intelligence.

    The Coast Guard receives $10 billion, denying the President's proposed cuts that would have gutted vital operations of the Coast Guard.

    The security of this Nation is also dependent on a secure cyber network, and recent headlines have only underscored our need to be prepared against new and advanced cyber attacks and foreign espionage. To improve our cybersecurity programs, the bill includes $753.2 million for these activities in the National Protection and Programs Directorate.

    The bill also includes increased funding to address critical lapses in Secret Service communications and training at the White House and to start preparations for the 2016 Presidential election.

    In addition to providing for these important security efforts, the Department bill also provides funding for disaster recovery and response. There is $7 billion in the bill for FEMA's programs, fully funding their requirements. It also provides $2.5 billion for important first responder grants that help States and communities act in the critical early moments following a disaster.

    And finally, Mr. Chair, in all, this legislation before us takes the necessary steps to ensure the responsible, transparent use of taxpayer dollars, including streamlining DHS operations, reducing overhead costs, and trimming funds for lower priority programs.

    I want to thank the gentleman from Texas, Chairman Carter, and the entire subcommittee and staff for their hard work in reaching that bipartisan agreement back in December which now is reflected in this bill on the floor, and to also thank the staff for their many hours putting this legislation into final form.

    Nearly halfway into the fiscal year, it is high time we get this bill enacted to strengthen our homeland security efforts, ensure our personnel are well-equipped and trained, and maintain our readiness for any threats that may come our way. We cannot put our security at risk with outdated funding levels and the uncertainty of a continuing resolution.

    So I urge my colleagues to vote responsibly for the security of our country and the security of our borders. I urge Members to vote ``yes'' on the bill.

    [[Page H275]] EXPLANATORY STATEMENT SUBMITTED BY MR. ROGERS OF KENTUCKY, CHAIRMAN OF THE HOUSE COMMITTEE ON APPROPRIATIONS, REGARDING H.R. 240 ____ DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY APPROPRIATIONS ACT, 2015 The following is an explanation of the effects of this Act, which makes appropriations for the Department of Homeland Security for fiscal year 2015. Unless otherwise noted, references to the House and Senate reports are to House Report 113-481 and Senate Report 113-198, respectively. The language and allocations contained in the House and Senate reports warrant full compliance and carry the same weight as language included in this explanatory statement, unless specifically addressed to the contrary in the bill or this explanatory statement. While repeating some language from the House or Senate report for emphasis, this explanatory statement does not intend to negate the language referred to above unless expressly provided herein. When this explanatory statement refers to the Committees or the Committees on Appropriations, this reference is to the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Homeland Security and the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on the Department of Homeland Security.

    In cases where this explanatory statement directs the submission of a report or a briefing, such report or briefing shall be provided to the Committees not later than April 15, 2015, unless otherwise directed in the statement. Reports and briefings required by the House or Senate report are due on the dates specified; in instances where the date specified occurred prior to the date of enactment of this Act, the report or briefing shall be due not later than April 15, 2015.

    This explanatory statement refers to certain laws and organizations as follows: the Implementing Recommendations of the 9/11 Commission Act of 2007, Public Law 110-53, is referenced as the 9/11 Act; the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act, Public Law 93-288, is referenced as the Stafford Act; the Department of Homeland Security is referenced as DHS or the Department; the Government Accountability Office is referenced as GAO; and the Office of Inspector General of the Department of Homeland Security is referenced as OIG. In addition, ``full-time equivalents'' shall be referred to as FTE; the DHS ``Working Capital Fund'' shall be referred to as WCF; ``program, project, and activity'' shall be referred to as PPA; and any reference to ``the Secretary'' shall be interpreted to mean the Secretary of Homeland Security.

    Classified Programs Recommended adjustments to classified programs are addressed in a classified annex accompanying this explanatory statement.

    TITLE I--DEPARTMENTAL MANAGEMENT AND OPERATIONS Office of the Secretary and Executive Management A total of $132,573,000 is provided for the Office of the Secretary and Executive Management (OSEM). The funding provided addresses the Unity of Effort realignment requested by the Department.

    The amount provided for this appropriation by PPA is as follows: ( $000 ) ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Budget Estimate Final Bill ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Immediate Office of the Secretary............................. $3,950 $7,939 Immediate Office of the Deputy Secretary...................... 1,751 1,740 Office of the Chief of Staff.................................. 2,112 2,782 Executive Secretary........................................... 7,719 5,589 Office of Policy.............................................. 38,470 38,073 Office of Public Affairs...................................... 8,741 5,591 Office of Legislative Affairs................................. 5,583 5,403 Office of Intergovernmental Affairs/Partnership and Engagement 2,429 9,848 Office of General Counsel..................................... 21,310 19,950 Office for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties................... 22,003 21,800 Citizenship and Immigration Services Ombudsman................ 6,428 5,825 Privacy Officer............................................... 8,273 8,033 ------------------------------------------------- Total, Office of the Secretary and Executive Management... $128,769 $132,573 ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- DHS Unity of Effort Throughout the bill, funds have been realigned to support the Secretary's Unity of Effort initiative. The Department shall provide frequent updates on progress and adoption of new policies, procedures, and guidelines related to this evolving effort.

    Unaccompanied Alien Children The President's fiscal year 2015 budget request for DHS failed to include funds necessary to address the arrival of children and families who will be ferried to the Nation's borders by a network of illicit transnational criminal organizations and to manage the populations of these illegal migrants who cross our border. This bill rectifies these mistakes by adding $553,589,000 for costs related to deterring such illegal migration, interdicting these migrants, caring for and transporting an estimated 58,000 undocumented children to the custody of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), and facilitating the movement of thousands of undocumented families through removal proceedings after they illegally cross the U.S. border during this fiscal year.

    Both the House and Senate reports contain instructions relative to the humanitarian crisis and law enforcement nightmare created by the phenomenon of children crossing the Southwest border. That guidance, which is aimed at being prepared for another potential influx of children, remains as valid today as it was in June 2014. To assure the Committees that the directives are being carried out, DHS is directed to coordinate an interagency update with other responsible Federal agencies, including the Departments of State, HHS, and Justice, that addresses the activities each agency is undertaking to deter, prepare for, and manage a surge of illegally migrating children and families. Quarterly briefings to the Committees are required beginning January 15, 2015, to cover operational statistics on all apprehensions, including unaccompanied alien children (UAC) and families, detention, non-detention forms of supervision, and removals. Furthermore, DHS shall notify the Committees immediately in the event that UAC are held in U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) custody longer than 72 hours or if UAC apprehensions surpass fiscal year 2013 levels.

    A general provision is included in Title V of this Act to ensure the President's fiscal year 2016 budget request addresses DHS needs related to UAC and families.

    Reporting of Operational Statistics The Department shall continue quarterly submission of the Border Security Status reports, as required by the Senate. The requirement for Detention and Removal Operations reports is discontinued, as further discussed under the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) heading later in this statement.

    In addition, the Department is directed to continue improving its public reporting of immigration enforcement and border security operations statistics both in terms of completeness and timeliness. The Department shall ensure that immigration enforcement data is collected and reported to reflect the entire lifecycle from encounter through removal and return, not just starting with apprehension and arrest. As directed in the Senate report, the Department and the relevant components shall brief the Committees on these efforts.

    Joint Requirements Council An additional $4,000,000 is provided in the Immediate Office of the Secretary for the newly created Joint Requirements Council. The Department shall brief the Committees regularly on the status and activities of the Council.

    U.S. Customs and Border Protection and Coast Guard Aviation Commonality As referenced in the House report, the Department shall continue to pursue joint aviation requirements, as applicable, for the Coast Guard and CBP. Both components shall maximize commonality between their aircraft fleets. Further, CBP shall develop a flying hour program using the Coast Guard program as a model.

    Over-Classification of Information When the Department submits a document to the Committees that is classified for official use only (FOUO), the document shall include specific reasons for the classification based on requirements detailed in DHS Management Directive 11042.1, which provides guidance for safeguarding sensitive but unclassified FOUO information. The signatory of each document will be held accountable for verifying the classification.

    International Costs Reduction As referenced in the Senate report, the Department is to develop a plan with the goal of reducing international operations costs by up to 10 percent in fiscal year 2015. DHS shall brief the Committees not later than 60 days after the date of enactment of this Act on this plan, including efforts to reduce unnecessary overlap and redundancies in its attache laydown while maintaining a strong presence internationally.

    Expenditure Plans in Budget Justification As part of the justification accompanying the President's budget proposal for fiscal year 2016, the Secretary shall include expenditure plans for fiscal year 2016 for the Office of Policy, the Office of Intergovernmental Affairs/ Partnership and Engagement, the Office for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties (OCRCL), the Citizenship and Immigration Services Ombudsman, and the Office of Privacy.

    [[Page H276]] Situational Awareness of Illegal Border Activity As directed in both the House and Senate reports, the Secretary shall submit to the Committees the results of a review and draft plan for situational awareness along the Southwest border and in the associated maritime environment not later than 180 days after the date of enactment of this Act. The effort may include attaining a common operating picture but must include enabling operational control through full and persistent situational awareness.

    Office of the Under Secretary for Management A total of $187,503,000 is provided for the Office of the Under Secretary for Management (USM). The funding provided fully incorporates the Unity of Effort realignment requested by the Department. Each office shall prioritize efforts within the amount provided.

    The amount provided for this appropriation by PPA is as follows: ( $000 ) ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Budget Estimate Final Bill ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Immediate Office of the Under Secretary for Management........ $2,757 $2,740 Office of the Chief Security Officer.......................... 63,597 64,308 Office of the Chief Procurement Officer....................... 64,036 60,107 ------------------------------------------------- Subtotal.............................................. 130,390 127,155 Office of the Chief Human Capital Officer: Salaries and Expenses..................................... 21,253 20,944 Human Resources Information Technology.................... 9,878 6,000 ------------------------------------------------- Subtotal.............................................. 31,131 26,944 Office of the Chief Readiness Support Officer: Salaries and Expenses..................................... 29,272 28,911 Nebraska Avenue Complex................................... 4,493 4,493 ------------------------------------------------- Subtotal.............................................. 33,765 33,404 ------------------------------------------------- Total, Office of the Under Secretary for Management....... $195,286 $187,503 ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Headquarters Consolidation Pursuant to a general provision in Title V of this Act, $48,600,000 is provided for headquarters consolidation and associated operational support. Not later than 60 days after the date of enactment of this Act, the USM shall submit to the Committees an expenditure plan detailing how this funding will be allocated, including revised schedule and cost estimates for the headquarters consolidation project. Quarterly briefings are required on headquarters and mission support consolidation activities, which should highlight any deviation from the expenditure plan. The briefings shall also discuss progress on lease replacement and consolidation efforts.

    Program Accountability and Risk Management In lieu of direction in the House report regarding a new PPA for the Office of Program Accountability and Risk Management, the Department shall display funding levels and a program justification for this office within the President's budget proposal for fiscal year 2016.

    Comprehensive Acquisition Status Report The Comprehensive Acquisition Status Report shall be submitted as a part of the justification documents accompanying the President's budget proposal for fiscal year 2016 and shall contain all programs on the major acquisition oversight list and others of special interest. Funding amounts shall be displayed by appropriation and PPA. Further, the Department shall work with the Committees to post a non- FOUO version to the Department's website not later than 180 days after the date of enactment of this Act.

    Procurement of Secure Credentials As described in the House report, there is an ongoing GAO study regarding the production of secure credentials across the government. To that end, the Office of the Chief Procurement Officer (OCPO) shall brief the Committees within 90 days of the date of enactment of this Act on the Department's process for procuring secure credentials, including how OCPO decides whether to procure such products from either a private entity or a government agency and how it considers both cost and the security features of the products. Prior to the completion of the GAO study, per section 507 of this Act, the Department shall notify the Committees in writing three days prior to contracting with a private entity or signing an agreement with a government agency to requisition secure credentials and, if applicable, to provide an analysis showing how the security of the products will be equal to or greater than that of products that could be procured from private industry at a similar cost.

    GAO Review of Major Acquisition Programs As directed in the Senate report, GAO shall develop a plan for ongoing reviews of DHS' major acquisition projects.

    Procurement Process As directed in the Senate report, the Under Secretary shall outline the procurement process from the beginning when a need is identified through contract award, extension, or modification, including any protest actions or other delays. The Under Secretary shall provide a briefing on the effort to the Committees not later than 120 days after the date of enactment of this Act. As directed in the Senate report, the role of the Component Acquisition Executive shall also be addressed.

    Hiring Delays DHS shall report to the Committees not later than 60 days after the date of enactment of this Act on a strategy for reducing the time required for hiring personnel, and shall provide quarterly data on hiring timelines by component, as directed in the Senate report.

    Office of the Chief Financial Officer A total of $52,020,000 is provided for the Office of the Chief Financial Officer (OCFO), which includes staffing and funds realigned to support the Secretary's Unity of Effort initiative. It is assumed that any cost of living adjustment for Federal employees directed by the President for fiscal year 2015 will be funded from within the amounts provided for each appropriation in this Act.

    Obligation and Expenditure Plans The statement includes directives for specified components to brief the Committees on obligation and expenditure plans. The briefings shall reflect enacted appropriations; include the allocation of undistributed appropriations among and within PPAs; and specify completed transfer and reprogramming actions (pursuant to section 503 of this Act and previous appropriations Acts for DHS), including funds that have been reprogrammed below the notification threshold.

    Funding in the briefs shall be designated by PPA and cost code by quarter, and shall include the amount of funds planned to be carried over into the next fiscal year. For multi-year appropriations, the briefs shall detail the status of each appropriation by source year. In addition, the briefs shall identify the current numbers of onboard personnel by PPA, along with delineations of the numbers of personnel newly hired or lost to attrition since the beginning of the fiscal year or since the most recent report, as appropriate. These briefings shall be provided not later than 45 days after the date of enactment of this Act and on a quarterly basis thereafter to compare actual obligations against the initial plans.

    Financial Systems Modernization The CFO is directed to maintain frequent communications with the Committees on its Financial Systems Modernization (FSM) efforts, as directed in the House and Senate reports. A general provision is included in Title V of this Act to fund FSM activities, enabling the Secretary to allocate resources according to fluctuations in the FSM program execution plan. In lieu of the direction in the House report, the CFO shall submit a detailed expenditure plan for FSM not later than 45 days after the date of enactment of this Act.

    Office of the Chief Information Officer A total of $288,122,000 is provided for the Office of the Chief Information Officer (OCIO), of which $189,094,000 is available until September 30, 2016. The funding provided fully incorporates the realignment to support the Secretary's Unity of Effort initiative. An additional $1,000,000 is provided for the DHS Data Framework initiative, and an additional $500,000 is provided for cyber remediation tools, as outlined in the House report. The amount provided for this appropriation by PPA is as follows: [[Page H277]] ( $000 ) ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Budget Estimate Final Bill ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Salaries and Expenses......................................... $95,444 $99,028 Information Technology Services............................... 38,627 68,298 Infrastructure and Security Activities........................ 52,140 52,640 Homeland Secure Data Network.................................. 70,132 68,156 ------------------------------------------------- Total, Office of the Chief Information Officer............ $256,343 $288,122 ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Unity of Effort To support the Department's Unity of Effort initiative, a total of $32,621,000 and 25 FTE are realigned from Analysis and Operations to OCIO for the Homeland Security Information Network Program and the Common Operating Picture.

    Sharing and Safeguarding Classified Information As directed in House and Senate reports and not later than 90 days after the date of enactment of this Act, the CIO shall brief the Committees on its program execution and strategy to protect national security information held by DHS, including the cost and schedule details of the Homeland Secure Data Network, Identity Credential Access Management programs, and other large or multi-agency projects. The briefing shall also include details on other steps the Department is taking to safeguard classified information.

    Analysis and Operations A total of $255,804,000 is provided for Analysis and Operations, of which $102,479,000 shall remain available until September 30, 2016. The funding provided fully incorporates the Unity of Effort realignment requested by the Department. Other funding details are included within the classified annex accompanying this explanatory statement.

    Criminal Intelligence Enterprise The Committees encourage Intelligence and Analysis (I&A) to coordinate with the Chiefs of Police and Sheriffs from the Nation's major urban areas to strengthen the Criminal Intelligence Enterprise, which is aimed at integrating state and local criminal intelligence and counterterrorism operations. I&A is to brief the Committees not later than 60 days after the date of enactment of this Act on its efforts to date and plans for fiscal year 2015.

    Office of Inspector General A total of $142,617,000 is provided for the OIG, including $118,617,000 in direct appropriations and $24,000,000 transferred from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Disaster Relief Fund (DRF) for audits and investigations related to the DRF. The level of OIG funding has been reduced from the budget request for reasons outlined in the Senate report as well as to reflect more realistic expectations for hiring in fiscal year 2015. The OIG is directed to submit an expenditure plan for all fiscal year 2015 funds not later than 30 days after the date of enactment of this Act and, for fiscal year 2016 and future years, to submit an expenditure plan within its annual budget justification. The OIG is directed to include DRF transfers in the CFO's monthly budget execution reports submitted to the Committees, which shall satisfy the requirements for notification of DRF transfers under a general provision in Title V of this Act.

    TITLE II--SECURITY, ENFORCEMENT, AND INVESTIGATIONS U.S. Customs and Border Protection SALARIES AND EXPENSES A total of $8,459,657,000 is provided for Salaries and Expenses. The amount provided for this appropriation by PPA is as follows: ( $000 ) ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Budget Estimate Final Bill ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Headquarters, Management, and Administration: Commissioner.............................................. $27,245 $27,151 Chief Counsel............................................. 45,663 45,483 Congressional Affairs..................................... 2,514 2,504 Internal Affairs.......................................... 140,141 139,493 Public Affairs............................................ 13,064 13,009 Training and Development.................................. 71,926 71,585 Technology, Innovation, and Acquisition................... 25,374 25,277 Intelligence/Investigative Liaison........................ 61,512 62,235 Administration............................................ 386,793 382,870 Rent...................................................... 409,490 598,593 ------------------------------------------------- Subtotal, Headquarters, Management, and Administration.... 1,183,722 1,368,200 Border Security Inspections and Trade Facilitation: Inspections, Trade, and Travel Facilitation at Ports of 2,830,872 2,810,524 Entry....................................................

    Harbor Maintenance Fee Collection (Trust Fund)............ 3,274 3,274 International Cargo Screening............................. 69,173 68,902 Other International Programs.............................. 25,706 25,548 Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism............... 40,841 41,619 Trusted Traveler Programs................................. 5,811 5,811 Inspection and Detection Technology Investments........... 123,866 122,811 National Targeting Center................................. 70,592 74,623 Training.................................................. 33,906 33,880 ------------------------------------------------- Subtotal, Border Security Inspections and Trade 3,204,041 3,186,992 Facilitation.............................................

    Border Security and Control between Ports of Entry: Border Security and Control............................... 3,882,015 3,848,074 Training.................................................. 56,608 56,391 ------------------------------------------------- Subtotal, Border Security and Control between Ports of 3,938,623 3,904,465 Entry....................................................

    ------------------------------------------------- Total................................................. $8,326,386 $8,459,657 ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Headquarters, Management, and Administration CBP's Chief Financial Officer is directed to brief the Committees on a plan for the obligation and expenditure of funds for all CBP accounts, as specified under Title I of this statement, to include data previously provided in its financial plans. As proposed by the House, $1,000,000 is provided to the Office of Intelligence and Investigative Liaison (OIIL) for additional analysts to support the Air and Marine Operations Center's (AMOC) activities, particularly analysis of feeds from unmanned aircraft systems (UAS). CBP shall ensure that such activities are aligned with other situational awareness efforts at CBP and the DHS Unity of Effort initiative.

    The total amount provided reflects a transfer from the Construction and Facility Management account into the Rent PPA because the Administration has determined that GSA will not delegate authority to CBP to manage certain land ports of entry.

    Conduct and Integrity Oversight The Secretary announced the delegation of criminal misconduct investigative authority on September 18, 2014. This authority permits CBP to work side by side, as appropriate, with other Federal investigative agencies looking into alleged criminal conduct by CBP employees, which should increase workforce accountability and enable CBP leadership to have greater awareness of conduct and integrity issues. CBP is directed to provide regular updates as it converts internal affairs investigators to criminal investigators as part of this transition. Further, the Deputy Secretary shall continue to oversee joint coordination of integrity oversight, as discussed in the Senate report.

    Border Security Inspections and Trade Facilitation Border Security Inspections and Trade Facilitation is funded at $3,186,992,000, of which $2,810,524,000 is for Inspections, Trade, and Travel Facilitation at Ports of Entry, including sufficient funding to support a base of 23,775 CBP officers. The bill provides $30,000,000 as two- year funding based on CBP's current hiring schedule. As requested, $8,300,000 is provided for the CBP Mobile Program and $3,000,000 is added for a Biometric Exit Mobile application demonstration at two airports. To expand the Arrival and Departure Information System, $9,900,000 is included instead of $11,800,000 as proposed by the House and $8,000,000 as proposed by the [[Page H278]] Senate. A total of $41,619,000 is provided for the Customs- Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (C-TPAT) program, which provides sufficient funds to proceed with the web portal project. As discussed in the Senate report, of the total amount provided for CBP Salaries and Expenses, $10,000,000 shall be used for sustaining traveler process enhancements initiated in Public Law 113-76. To support counter-network capabilities at the National Targeting Center (NTC), $4,500,000 is provided for advanced analysis and visualization tools and requirements development instead of $9,000,000 as proposed by the House. While funded in the NTC PPA, this investment shall support strategic analysis capabilities across CBP.

    To deal with the fluctuations of facilitating trade and securing travel, CBP's staffing practices--to include hiring, training, and assignments--must be flexible and nimble. While the resource allocation model has greatly improved CBP's ability to make informed staffing decisions, CBP shall update its resource allocation model, taking into account any newly identified gaps, the onboarding of 2,000 CBP officers added by the fiscal year 2014 Act, and the timeline for training and deploying the new personnel to their respective assignments. An updated model shall specifically identify CBP officer staffing requirements for the Northern border. Any modifications to the model shall be described in the fiscal year 2016 budget submission.

    Both the House and Senate reports include extensive language about ways to reduce wait times at ports of entry. As always, this objective must be carefully balanced against U.S. security interests and the need to safeguard travelers and the general public from terrorism. To underscore the importance of these missions, the agreement highlights the following guidance in both the House and Senate reports. CBP shall carry out the following within 90 days of the date of enactment of this Act: 1) Develop a plan to accelerate the hiring process for CBP officers, as directed in the Senate report.

    2) Brief the Committees on the implementation and execution of the public-private partnership and donation authority pilots authorized under section 560 of Public Law 113-6 and section 559 of Public Law 113-76 and continued in this Act, with semi-annual briefings thereafter.

    3) Provide a report to the House and Senate Committees on Appropriations, the House Committee on Homeland Security, and the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs describing the effects of business transformation initiatives on reducing passenger wait times, including the impact of technologies that are not dependent on the activity of CBP personnel. The report should provide an analysis of the effectiveness of such initiatives and identify locations CBP would prioritize for expansion.

    4) Brief the Committees on efforts to improve commercial vehicle wait time data collection and trade facilitation at land ports of entry.

    5) Brief the Committees on the status of implementing section 571 of Public Law 113-76, which requires the development of passenger wait time performance metrics and operational work plans to reduce passenger wait times at ports of entry with the highest passenger volume and wait times. The briefing shall include an action plan and proposed timelines for innovative activities, as proposed in the Senate report.

    6) Brief the Committees on the effect of the Beyond the Border Action Plan on reducing wait times at, and streamlining the flow of trade across, the Northern border.

    7) Brief the Committees on the status of the Air Entry/Exit Re-engineering project, its implications for land and sea ports in urban and rural areas, and how CBP is working with the Office of Biometric Identity Management (OBIM) to examine new technologies that can be integrated with DHS' backend biometric system, IDENT.

    8) Provide an update on the effectiveness of non-intrusive inspection (NII) technology at ports of entry, including seizures resulting from NII exams, in the multi-year investment and management plan for inspection and detection technology required by Public Law 112-74 and continued in a general provision in Title V of this Act.

    Trade Enforcement The House and Senate reports contain guidance on cargo inspection and commercial fraud enforcement, including directives related to circumvention of duties and misclassification of entries of goods from China; collection of outstanding duties; the use of single entry transaction bonds; coordination with the Departments of the Treasury and Commerce on the use of new shipper reviews and improvement of liquidation instructions; membership on the Advisory Committee on Commercial Operations; uncollected antidumping and countervailing duty orders on duties in excess of $25,000,000 assessed by single transaction bonds; and enhanced trade enforcement efforts. CBP shall adhere to these directives and, to the extent practicable, publish the required report on the collection of outstanding duties on the CBP website.

    The Commissioner is directed to pursue, through all possible means, the dispersal of interest payments owed to injured parties who have obtained funds under the Continued Dumping and Subsidy Offset Act. That law states that ``the Commissioner shall distribute all funds from assessed duties received in the preceding fiscal year to affected domestic producers,'' which has been understood to mean interest accrued from past duties identified and dispersed to injured parties. CBP shall provide a report on all interest payments owed to injured parties between the beginning of 2001 and the end of 2014, along with a path forward for dispersing such funds to the injured parties.

    Jones Act CBP is directed to brief the Committees on the steps it is taking to adhere to the guidance in the Senate report with regard to the Jones Act.

    Border Security and Control between Ports of Entry Border Security and Control between Ports of Entry is funded at $3,904,465,000, which includes $3,848,074,000 for Border Security and Control and $56,391,000 for training. As proposed by the House, $499,000 is included for an additional Horse Patrol Unit. The total funding level supports the legislatively-mandated floor of not less than 21,370 Border Patrol agents. Because CBP is currently well below the mandated level, CBP is directed to take all possible steps to reach the funded and operationally necessary staffing level. Recognizing that the Administration failed to request funds sufficient to care for UAC and family units while in Border Patrol custody, CBP shall utilize excess funding currently allocated to Salaries and Expenses within this PPA to support that need.

    As proposed by the Senate, $10,000,000 is for the development and operation of the National Border Geo- Intelligence Strategy (NBGIS). CBP must continue to improve its situational awareness and analytic capabilities to secure the border at and between the ports of entry and along the approaches to the United States by land, air, and sea. CBP shall ensure that the investments made in the NBGIS align with other critical investments in the NTC, AMOC, and OIIL, and shall brief the Committees on how data collected through the NBGIS will assist CBP and other government entities.

    As directed in the House report, CBP shall continue to issue statistics on individuals held in CBP custody and to publish such statistics in the DHS annual statistical yearbook.

    Both the House and Senate reports included direction to DHS to review ICE and CBP repatriation policies and practices to ensure deportations of vulnerable individuals are conducted humanely and safely. The review shall be completed within 150 days after the date of enactment of this Act instead of 180 days as proposed by the House and 120 days as proposed by the Senate.

    Recently, CBP initiated a pilot program to determine whether using body-worn cameras can reduce the use of unnecessary force and protect officers and agents from allegations of abuse that may be unfounded. As required in the House report, CBP shall provide a report to the Committees on the results of the pilot within 60 days of its completion.

    AUTOMATION MODERNIZATION A total of $808,169,000 is provided for Automation Modernization. CBP and ICE shall brief the Committees semi- annually on TECS modernization, and CBP shall brief the Committees on Automated Commercial Environment modernization semi-annually. The amount provided for this appropriation by PPA is as follows: ( $000 ) ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Budget Estimate Final Bill ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Information Technology........................................ $365,700 $362,094 Automated Targeting Systems................................... 109,273 109,230 Automated Commercial Environment (ACE)/International Trade 141,061 140,970 Data System (ITDS)...........................................

    Current Operations Protection and Processing Support (COPPS).. 196,376 195,875 ------------------------------------------------- Total..................................................... $812,410 $808,169 ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- BORDER SECURITY FENCING, INFRASTRUCTURE, AND TECHNOLOGY A total of $382,466,000 is provided for Border Security Fencing, Infrastructure, and Technology (BSFIT). As requested, $12,200,000 is provided for Northern border technology and $35,600,000 is provided for tethered aerostat radar systems. An additional $15,000,000 for Development and Deployment and $5,000,000 for Operations and Maintenance is provided for unfunded priorities cited in the House report. Within the resources provided, CBP [[Page H279]] shall resume and complete the communications study referenced in the House report. CBP shall also detail the allocation of BSFIT funds in its obligation and expenditure plan briefings, as specified under Title I of this statement.

    The amount provided for this appropriation by PPA is as follows: ( $000 ) ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Budget Estimate Final Bill ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Development and Deployment.................................... $110,594 $125,594 Operations and Maintenance.................................... 251,872 256,872 ------------------------------------------------- Total..................................................... $362,466 $382,466 ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- AIR AND MARINE OPERATIONS A total of $750,469,000 is provided for Air and Marine Operations. The amount provided for this appropriation by PPA is as follows: ( $000 ) ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Budget Estimate Final Bill ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Salaries and Expenses......................................... $293,016 $299,800 Operations and Maintenance.................................... 362,669 397,669 Procurement................................................... 53,000 53,000 ------------------------------------------------- Total..................................................... $708,685 $750,469 ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- The amount provided for Salaries and Expenses includes $5,900,000 to increase staffing at the AMOC to levels sufficient to maintain 24/7 air and marine surveillance coverage of the United States as well as $350,000 for Intelligence Research Analysts; and $3,000,000 to support 95,000 flight hours. The Operations and Maintenance PPA is increased by $28,300,000 to support this number of flight hours. In addition, $3,000,000 is for multi-role enforcement aircraft (MEA) spare parts, $2,000,000 is for upgrades to unmanned aircraft system ground control stations, and $1,350,000 is for enhancements to AMOC's Processing, Exploitation, and Dissemination cell and Air and Marine Operating Surveillance System. As requested, $43,700,000 is provided for procurement of two MEA and $9,300,000 is for sensor upgrades.

    The bill continues a provision included in the Senate bill requiring CBP to submit any changes to its five-year Strategic Air and Marine Plan not later than 90 days after the date of enactment of this Act.

    Based on concerns addressed in both the House and Senate reports, CBP initiated a review of how to improve its air and marine readiness posture to adequately support mission needs. In coordination with the Department's Aviation Governance Board (AGB), CBP shall establish policies and define responsibilities for the development and management of a CBP aircraft flight hour and marine vessel underway hour program, which shall be finalized not later than December 31, 2015. In addition, CBP shall continue to work with the AGB to formalize and institutionalize a joint requirements process tailored to meet law enforcement operational needs and leverage existing capabilities across the Department, including depot level maintenance facilities. CBP shall provide quarterly progress reviews on this endeavor to the Committees beginning not later than February 1, 2015.

    CBP's AMOC is a national asset, critical to fulfilling the needs of the United States for air and marine domain awareness. It is clear, however, that the Department has not fully utilized this critical resource. Therefore, the DHS Deputy's Management Action Group (DMAG) shall review AMOC's current mission and its roles and responsibilities to determine whether they require modification to support DHS' strategic objective of protecting all approaches--air, land, and sea--to U.S. borders. By December 1, 2015, the DMAG shall make recommendations to the Secretary on how to rectify identified gaps in capability and provide guidance to all DHS components on how best to leverage AMOC's existing capabilities so they enhance DHS' operational Unity of Effort. The DMAG review and recommendations shall also address direction in the House report regarding personnel requirements and full staffing of AMOC, as well as finalization of an AMOC charter, although no report on the charter is required. The Department and CBP are instructed to provide quarterly progress reviews to the Committees beginning March 1, 2015, which shall include an update on progress made to connect AMOC to SIPRnet, as directed in the House report.

    CONSTRUCTION AND FACILITIES MANAGEMENT A total of $288,821,000 is provided for Construction and Facilities Management, including $5,100,000 for upgrading Border Patrol facilities instead of $4,100,000 as proposed by the Senate. No increase is provided for the McAllen Border Patrol Station, as it has already been reactivated for use in transitioning UAC to HHS custody.

    The amount provided reflects a transfer from this account of $189,103,000 to the Rent PPA in the Salaries and Expenses appropriation because the Administration has determined that GSA will not be delegating authority to CBP for management of certain land ports of entry. The amount provided for this appropriation by PPA is as follows: ( $000 ) ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Budget Estimate Final Bill ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Facilities Construction and Sustainment....................... $385,137 $205,393 Program Oversight and Management.............................. 97,068 83,428 ------------------------------------------------- Total..................................................... $482,205 $288,821 ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement SALARIES AND EXPENSES A total of $5,932,756,000 is provided for Salaries and Expenses, which reflects significant increases above the request totaling $944,691,000. These increases are provided to address excessive shortfalls in the President's budget request due to poor budgeting practices, deal with needs related to the surge in unaccompanied children and families with children coming across the Southwest border, and restore proposed cuts to staffing, operations, investigations, and other programs critical to national security.

    ICE is directed to brief the Committees on a plan for the obligation and expenditure of funds and provide quarterly updates, as specified under Title I of this statement. As a part of these briefings, ICE shall continue to provide data on investigative activities and expenditures.

    The amount provided for this appropriation by PPA is as follows: ( $000 ) ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Budget Estimate Final Bill ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Headquarters Management and Administration: Personnel Compensation and Benefits, Services, and Other $198,602 $197,002 Costs....................................................

    Headquarters Managed IT Investment........................ 150,927 150,419 ------------------------------------------------- [[Page H280]] Subtotal, Headquarters Management and Administration.. 349,529 347,421 Legal Proceedings............................................. 214,731 217,393 Investigations: Domestic Investigations................................... 1,644,552 1,699,811 International Investigations: International Operations.............................. 101,228 110,682 Visa Security Program................................. 31,854 49,526 ------------------------------------------------- Subtotal, International Investigations............ 133,082 160,208 ------------------------------------------------- Subtotal, Investigations.............................. 1,777,634 1,860,019 Intelligence.................................................. 77,045 76,479 Enforcement and Removal Operations: Custody Operations........................................ 1,791,913 2,532,593 Fugitive Operations....................................... 131,591 142,615 Criminal Alien Program.................................... 322,407 327,223 Alternatives to Detention................................. 94,106 109,740 Transportation and Removal Program........................ 229,109 319,273 ------------------------------------------------- Subtotal, Enforcement and Removal Operations.......... 2,569,126 3,431,444 ------------------------------------------------- Total, Salaries and Expenses.............................. $4,988,065 $5,932,756 ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Legal Proceedings A total of $217,393,000 is provided for Legal Proceedings, including funds to hire 12 full-time personnel to process Freedom of Information Act submissions, as requested. In addition, an increase of $4,500,000 is provided to hire additional attorneys to expedite the immigration court docket.

    Domestic Investigations A total of $1,699,811,000 is provided for Domestic Investigations, including an increase of $5,700,000 to annualize the costs of investigative staffing enhancements funded in fiscal year 2014. The bill provides an increase of $62,000,000 to hire additional agents and mission support staff to enhance ICE's ability to conduct investigations in high-priority mission areas, such as human smuggling and trafficking, including Operation Torrent Divide; child exploitation, including Operation Angel Watch; antidumping and countervailing duties, including illegally dumped seafood; counter-proliferation; gang activity; and drug smuggling. ICE shall submit a fiscal year 2016 budget request that includes funds sufficient to annualize the costs of prior year staff enhancements. In addition, ICE is directed to develop a workforce model to better inform requirements for investigative staffing, including the necessary balance of special agents and mission support personnel.

    ICE is directed to train at least two classes of veterans through the Human Exploitation Rescue Operative (HERO) Child- Rescue Corps to support child exploitation investigations and to brief the Committees on its efforts not later than 180 days after the date of enactment of this Act, including efforts to hire HERO graduates or to help place them with other Federal, state, or local agencies with related missions.

    Within the total, the bill provides not less than $15,000,000 for intellectual property rights and commercial trade fraud investigations, including activities at the National Intellectual Property Rights Coordination Center.

    In lieu of the operational reporting requirement in the House report, ICE is directed to work with the Committees on a format for submitting quarterly updates on operations not later than 15 days after the end of each quarter.

    International Investigations A total of $160,208,000 is provided for International Investigations. Within the total, an increase of $7,113,000 is included to fund increased State Department service fees; an increase of $12,000,000 is provided to expand the Visa Security Program to high-threat countries; and an increase of $3,500,000 is provided to support enhancements to the PATRIOT information technology system for visa vetting. In support of ICE's international efforts to counter the humanitarian crisis caused by the influx of UAC, the bill also provides increases of $1,764,000 to double the number of vetted units in Central America and $3,373,000 to expand human smuggling investigations.

    Enforcement and Removal Operations A total of $3,431,444,000 is provided for Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO), including full funding to support all 287(g) memoranda of understanding.

    The bill does not include funds for ICE's efforts to establish a unified career path for ERO frontline law enforcement positions and ensure pay parity in the ERO workforce. Such funds were not requested by the President and are not affordable due to other immigration enforcement and border security budget shortfalls.

    In lieu of the ERO quarterly data required by the Senate report, ICE is directed to provide regular updates on the detained and non-detained populations subject to removal proceedings, including details on enforcement priority level, and to work with the Committees on the format and content of such updates.

    ICE is directed to continue to submit semi-annual reports on the deportation of parents of U.S.-born citizens.

    Custody Operations A total of $2,532,593,000 is provided for Custody Operations. Because the fiscal year 2015 budget request assumed an artificially low cost per detention bed, it failed to propose funding sufficient to support even the 30,539 beds included in the request, much less the 34,000 detention beds required in annual appropriations Acts. This type of flawed budgeting practice is not credible, and forces the Committees to rectify the shortfall at considerable expense to other critical ICE and DHS priorities. Consequently, an increase of $385,103,000 above the request is required to maintain 34,000 beds. DHS is directed to present a fiscal year 2016 budget request for ICE that uses accurate cost estimates, and to include details in the budget justification material that rigorously support those estimates. The Department must stop employing misleading and operationally harmful budgeting gimmicks.

    The bill also provides an increase of $362,155,000 to support additional staffing and detention capacity secured by ICE in response to the significant growth in family units crossing the Southwest border illegally during fiscal year 2014, which is intended to serve as a deterrent to future illegal migration. ICE shall ensure these facilities meet all ICE Family Residential Standards and shall immediately notify the Committees of any material violations of such standards.

    Fugitive Operations A total of $142,615,000 is provided for Fugitive Operations, including $12,100,000 above the request to hire additional officers and restore staffing to fiscal year 2013 levels.

    Criminal Alien Program A total of $327,223,000 is provided for the Criminal Alien Program, including an increase of $7,500,000 to mitigate the potential public safety challenge posed by the growing number of jurisdictions choosing not to honor ICE detainers on illegal aliens in their custody. Of primary concern is the release of aliens subject to removal who may pose a danger to the community, requiring ICE to expend additional resources and putting ICE personnel at greater risk when bringing the aliens back into custody. ICE is directed to publish on its website the list of jurisdictions failing to honor ICE detainers and to include details on individuals released as a result of these decisions, segmented by jurisdiction and level of criminality.

    Alternatives to Detention A total of $109,740,000 is provided for the Alternatives to Detention (ATD) program, including an increase of $15,878,000 to support the supervision of family units placed into removal proceedings after illegally crossing the border.

    In recent years, ICE has taken steps to improve ATD cost- effectiveness through better guidance to ERO officers and agents on the factors to consider when determining appropriate placements in ATD. This has included guidance on when enrollment in ATD, transition to lower levels of supervision, or re-enrollment in ATD may be more or less effective depending on the particular stage in the removal process. ICE has also established additional performance measures to assess compliance with program requirements.

    Beginning 90 days after the date of enactment of this Act, ICE shall provide semi-annual briefings to the Committees on compliance rates for both the full-service and the technology-only ATD programs. These briefings shall include evaluations of the ATD program by field office; a description of any plans for expansion of the program to additional field offices; and an update on the status of responding to recommendations by GAO (GAO-15-26) to collect additional compliance data and make better use of collected data to assess field office implementation of program guidance. In addition, in order to increase transparency on the use of ATD, ICE is expected to post on its website any contractor evaluations or OIG reports related to the program.

    Transportation and Removal Program A total of $319,273,000 is provided for the Transportation and Removal Program. The [[Page H281]] amount includes an increase of $26,000,000 to support the requirement to maintain 34,000 detention beds, and an increase of $64,220,000 to support the transportation and removal costs for UAC and family units anticipated to enter the United States illegally in fiscal year 2015.

    License Plate Readers ICE is directed to establish, in coordination with OCRCL, an internal review process for any solicitation or request for proposal of a National License Plate Recognition database or other similar project, and to brief the Committees on this review process not later than 30 days after the date of enactment of this Act. ICE is directed to include in the review process notification to the Committees prior to obligation of any funds for such a database or any similar project. Further, for any such database being established, ICE shall undertake the required privacy impact assessment.

    AUTOMATION MODERNIZATION As requested, a total of $26,000,000 is provided for Automation Modernization.

    Transportation Security Administration AVIATION SECURITY A total of $5,639,095,000 is provided for Aviation Security. In addition to the discretionary appropriation for Aviation Security, a mandatory appropriation totaling $250,000,000 is available through the Aviation Security Capital Fund. Statutory language reflects the collection of $2,065,000,000 from aviation security fees, as authorized.

    The amount provided for this appropriation by PPA is as follows: ( $000 ) ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Budget Estimate Final Bill ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Screening Partnership Program................................. $154,572 $166,666 Screener Personnel, Compensation, and Benefits................ 2,952,868 2,923,890 Screener Training and Other................................... 226,290 225,442 Checkpoint Support............................................ 103,469 88,469 EDS Procurement/Installation.................................. 84,075 83,933 Screening Technology Maintenance.............................. 294,509 294,509 Aviation Regulation and Other Enforcement..................... 348,653 349,821 Airport Management and Support................................ 591,734 587,657 Federal Flight Deck Officer and Flight Crew Training.......... 20,000 22,365 Air Cargo..................................................... 106,920 106,343 Federal Air Marshals.......................................... 800,214 790,000 Aviation Security Capital Fund (Mandatory).................... (250,000) (250,000) ------------------------------------------------- Total, Aviation Security.................................. $5,683,304 $5,639,095 ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Screening Partnership Program A total of $166,666,000 is provided for the Screening Partnership Program (SPP), which reflects the estimated funding requirement for current and recently awarded SPP airports. TSA is expected to more proactively utilize the SPP, expeditiously approve the applications of airports seeking to participate in the program that meet legislatively mandated criteria, plan and manage toward a 12-month timeline for awarding applicable contracts for each new airport, and notify the Committees if it expects to obligate less than the appropriated amount.

    TSA is directed to implement generally accepted accounting methodologies for cost and performance comparisons. As detailed in the House report, this includes, but is not limited to, appropriate, comprehensive, and accurate comparisons of Federal employee retirement costs and the administrative overhead associated with Federal screening services.

    As detailed in the Senate report, TSA is directed to adjust its PPA lines and notify the Committees within 10 days to account for any changes in private screening contracts, including new awards under the SPP or the movement from privatized screening into Federal screening. TSA is to provide the Committees semi-annual reports on its execution of the SPP and the processing of applications for participation.

    Screener Training and Other A total of $225,442,000 is provided for Screener Training and Other, including $99,600,000 for Transportation Security Officer Training.

    Checkpoint Support A total of $88,469,000 is provided for Checkpoint Support. The reduction below the request reflects the availability of balances that have remained unobligated for over seven years.

    Explosives Detection Systems A total of $83,933,000 is provided for Explosives Detection Systems (EDS) Procurement and Installation. Including the existing mandatory Aviation Security Capital Fund appropriation of $250,000,000, the total appropriation for fiscal year 2015 for EDS procurement and installation is $333,933,000.

    For airports that are more than 12 months from construction and are able to demonstrate that certain high-speed EDS for checked baggage would be more efficient and result in long term cost savings compared to medium-speed systems, TSA shall consider lifting the current prohibition on the use of TSA funding for design and construction of such systems not yet on TSA's Qualified Products List.

    Investment Plans for Air Cargo, Checkpoint Security, and EDS As described in the Senate report and in lieu of language in the House bill, TSA is directed to brief the Committees, not later than 60 days after the date of enactment of this Act, on its fiscal year 2015 investment plans for checkpoint security and EDS refurbishment, procurement, and installation on an airport-by-airport basis. The briefing shall address specific technologies intended for purchase, program schedules and major milestones, a schedule for obligation of the funds, recapitalization priorities, the status of operational testing for each passenger screening technology under development, and a table detailing current unobligated balances and anticipated unobligated balances at the close of the fiscal year. The briefing shall also include details on passenger screening pilot programs that are in progress or being considered for implementation in fiscal year 2015. Further, not later than 60 days after the date of enactment of this Act, TSA is directed to brief the Committees on its fiscal year 2015 investment plans for air cargo security. The expenditure plan briefings described under this heading are separate and distinct from the obligation and expenditure guidance noted in Title I of this statement.

    Aviation Regulation and Other Enforcement A total of $349,821,000 is provided for Aviation Regulation and Other Enforcement. Within this total, $129,900,000 is provided for the National Explosives Detection Canine Team Program and $70,550,000 is provided for Airport Law Enforcement and Assessments.

    Federal Air Marshals A total of $790,000,000 is provided for the Federal Air Marshals (FAMS). The amount provided under this heading reflects current attrition rates, the consolidation of FAMS into Aviation Security, and the realignment of the remaining FAMS funding into the Surface Transportation Security appropriation.

    The Department is required to deploy Federal Air Marshals on flights determined to present high security risks, and to make nonstop, long distance flights, including inbound international flights, a priority, as per 49 U.S.C. 44917. Therefore, TSA is expected to utilize personnel and deployment patterns to optimize coverage of flights to address known threats, minimize risk, and complement the full range of security resources deployed by the U.S. government. TSA is to brief the Committees on the optimal mix of FAMS personnel and the types and frequency of flights for which coverage should be provided. Other details are included within the classified annex.

    As detailed in the Senate report, FAMS is to brief the Committees, not later than 60 days after the date of enactment of this Act, on its efforts to implement recommendations made in a recent study of operations and staffing by the Homeland Security Studies and Analysis Institute.

    SURFACE TRANSPORTATION SECURITY A total of $123,749,000 is provided for Surface Transportation Security. Within the amount appropriated, $94,519,000 is for the Surface Inspectors and Visible Intermodal Prevention and Response (VIPR) PPA, including a reduction of $3,000,000 below the request to reduce the number of VIPR teams to 31, compared to the 33 requested in the budget.

    INTELLIGENCE AND VETTING A total of $219,166,000 is provided for Intelligence and Vetting. To facilitate oversight, TSA shall brief the Committees not later than 60 days after the date of enactment of this Act on efforts to modernize vetting and credentialing infrastructure.

    The amount provided for this appropriation by PPA is as follows: [[Page H282]] ( $000 ) ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Budget Estimate Final Bill ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Direct Appropriations: Intelligence.............................................. $51,801 $51,545 Secure Flight............................................. 112,543 99,569 Other Vetting Programs.................................... 68,182 68,052 ------------------------------------------------- Subtotal, Direct Appropriations....................... 232,526 219,166 Fee Collections: Transportation Worker Identification Credential Fee....... 34,832 34,832 Hazardous Material Fee.................................... 12,000 12,000 General Aviation at DCA Fee............................... 350 350 Commercial Aviation and Airport Fee....................... 6,500 6,500 Other Security Threat Assessment Fee...................... 50 50 Air Cargo/Certified Cargo Screening Program Fee........... 7,173 7,173 TSA Pre-Check Application Program Fee..................... 13,700 13,700 Alien Flight School Fees.................................. 5,000 5,000 ------------------------------------------------- Subtotal, Fee Collections............................. 79,605 79,605 ------------------------------------------------- Total, Intelligence and Vetting........................... $312,131 $298,771 ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Secure Flight A total of $99,569,000 is provided for Secure Flight. Due to delays in implementing the Large Aircraft and Charter Screening Program, the funding requested is not provided.

    TRANSPORTATION SECURITY SUPPORT A total of $917,226,000 is provided for Transportation Security Support.

    The amount provided for this appropriation by PPA is as follows: ( $000 ) ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Budget Estimate Final Bill ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Headquarters Administration................................... $275,891 $269,100 Information Technology........................................ 451,920 449,000 Human Capital Services........................................ 204,215 199,126 ------------------------------------------------- Total, Transportation Security Support.................... $932,026 $917,226 ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- The bill withholds $25,000,000 from obligation until TSA submits to the Committees a report providing evidence that behavioral indicators can be successfully used to identify passengers who may pose a threat to aviation security, as well as a report addressing GAO's concerns with TSA's Advanced Imaging Technology program. TSA shall also brief the Committees on the specific actions being taken to address recent allegations of unethical activity involving the purchase and sale of firearms within FAMS.

    Coast Guard OPERATING EXPENSES A total of $7,043,318,000 is provided for Operating Expenses, including $553,000,000 for defense activities, of which $213,000,000 is designated for overseas contingency operations (OCO) and the global war on terrorism (GWOT). Funds provided in support of GWOT and OCO under this heading may be allocated without regard to section 503 in Title V of this Act. Pending the submission of the Capital Investment Plan (CIP) with the President's budget, the bill withholds from obligation $85,000,000 of the appropriation.

    The appropriated amount includes the following increases to the budget request: $50,000,000 to reduce the backlog in critical depot level maintenance; $7,800,000 to maintain one of the two High Endurance Cutters proposed for decommissioning; $15,000,000 to restore operational hours and critical depot maintenance reductions; $4,200,000 for counterdrug surge operations; $2,200,000 to restore a Bravo Zero response capability; $7,500,000 to restore unjustified cuts to military special pays; $1,000,000 to restore cuts to vessel boarding teams; $2,500,000 to restore cuts to information technology programs; and $2,740,000 to address an anticipated shortfall in small boat purchases. The appropriated amount also includes the request for the 2015 military pay increase.

    The amount provided for this appropriation by PPA is as follows: ( $000 ) ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Budget Estimate Final Bill ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Military Pay and Allowances................................... $3,433,594 $3,449,782 Civilian Pay and Benefits..................................... 787,372 781,517 Training and Recruiting....................................... 197,800 198,279 Operating Funds and Unit Level Maintenance.................... 991,919 1,008,682 Centrally Managed Accounts.................................... 335,262 335,556 Intermediate and Depot Level Maintenance...................... 1,003,786 1,056,502 Overseas Contingency Operations/Global War on Terrorism....... - - - 213,000 ------------------------------------------------- Total, Operating Expenses................................. $6,749,733 $7,043,318 ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Overseas Contingency Operations and Global War on Terrorism Funding The bill includes funding for OCO/GWOT within the Coast Guard Operating Expenses appropriation instead of within funding provided to the Department of Defense. The Coast Guard is directed to brief the Committees not later than 30 days after the date of enactment of this Act on any changes expected in the funding requirement for OCO/GWOT activities during fiscal year 2015. Further, the Coast Guard is directed to include details of its current and future support to Central Command in the classified annex of the fiscal year 2016 budget request.

    Coast Guard Yard The Coast Guard Yard located at Curtis Bay, Maryland, is recognized as a critical component of the Coast Guard's core logistics capability that directly supports fleet readiness. Sufficient industrial work should be assigned to the Yard to sustain this capability.

    The Coast Guard shall provide a report on drydock facilities at the Coast Guard Yard, as directed in the Senate report.

    National Housing Assessment The Coast Guard shall submit, as part of the fiscal year 2016 budget request, the information directed in the Senate report concerning the National Housing Assessment.

    Mission Needs Statement Not later than July 1, 2015, the Commandant shall submit to the Committees a new Mission Needs Statement (MNS), which will be used to inform the out-year CIP. The MNS should assume that the Coast Guard requires the capability to continue to carry out all of its eleven statutory missions.

    Not later than September 30, 2016, the Commandant shall submit to the Committees a revised Concept of Operations (CONOPS), which, in conjunction with the MNS, will be used as a planning document for the Coast Guard's re-capitalization needs. The CONOPS shall determine the most cost effective method of executing mission needs by addressing gaps identified in the MNS, addressing the funding requirements proposed in the five-year CIP, and providing options for reasonable combinations of alternative capabilities of air and surface assets, to include icebreaking resources and fleet mix.

    [[Page H283]] Small Boat Purchases The Department shall submit a report on fiscal year 2015 small boat purchases, as detailed in the Senate report. For fiscal year 2016, such information shall be included within the congressional budget justification. Further, the Coast Guard shall work with industry partners to outline annual small boat requirements and to better understand the cost implications of indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity purchase agreements.

    Command and Control Aircraft As directed in the Senate report, the Coast Guard shall notify the Committees of any changes in the type or number of its command and control aircraft. Further, not later than 90 days after the date of enactment of this Act, the Coast Guard shall brief the Committees on the path forward for future leases or purchases of such aircraft.

    ENVIRONMENTAL COMPLIANCE AND RESTORATION A total of $13,197,000 is provided for Environmental Compliance and Restoration.

    RESERVE TRAINING A total of $114,572,000 is provided for Reserve Training.

    ACQUISITION, CONSTRUCTION, AND IMPROVEMENTS A total of $1,225,223,000 is provided for Acquisition, Construction, and Improvements. The amount provided for this appropriation by PPA is as follows: ( $000 ) ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Budget Estimate Final Bill ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Vessels: Survey and Design--Vessel and Boats....................... $500 $500 In-Service Vessel Sustainment............................. 24,500 49,000 National Security Cutter.................................. 638,000 632,847 Offshore Patrol Cutter.................................... 20,000 20,000 Fast Response Cutter...................................... 110,000 110,000 Cutter Boats.............................................. 4,000 4,000 Polar Ice Breaking Vessel................................. 6,000 - - - Polar Icebreaker Preservation............................. - - - 8,000 ------------------------------------------------- Subtotal, Vessels........................................... 803,000 824,347 Aircraft: H-60 Airframe Replacement................................. - - - 12,000 HC-144 Conversion/Sustainment............................. 15,000 15,000 HC-27J Conversion/Sustainment............................. 15,000 20,000 HC-130J Acquisition/Conversion/Sustainment................ 8,000 103,000 HH-65 Conversion/Sustainment.............................. 30,000 30,000 ------------------------------------------------- Subtotal, Aircraft.......................................... 68,000 180,000 Other Acquisition Programs: Program Oversight and Management.......................... 18,000 18,000 C4ISR..................................................... 36,300 36,300 CG--Logistics Information Management System............... 3,000 5,000 ------------------------------------------------- Subtotal, Other Acquisition Programs........................ 57,300 59,300 Shore Facilities and Aids to Navigation: Major Construction: Housing; ATON; Survey & Design........ 19,580 19,580 Major Acquisition Systems Infrastructure.................. 16,000 16,000 Minor Shore............................................... 5,000 5,000 ------------------------------------------------- Subtotal, Shore Facilities and Aids to Navigation........... 40,580 40,580 Military Housing.............................................. - - - 6,000 Direct Personnel Costs........................................ 115,313 114,996 ------------------------------------------------- Total, Acquisition, Construction, and Improvements............ $1,084,193 $1,225,223 ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- National Security Cutter A total of $632,847,000 is provided for the National Security Cutter (NSC) program. The total reflects a reduction of $7,500,000 based upon previous production cost savings and updated execution data from the Coast Guard and $3,953,000 for close out and other costs requested well ahead of need. Within the NSC total, $6,300,000 is included for small unmanned aircraft systems.

    Polar Icebreaker Preservation As detailed in the Senate report, $8,000,000 is included for the preservation of the Polar Sea in anticipation of a potential, future year reactivation.

    Polar Ice Breaking Vessel No additional funding is provided for the polar icebreaking program. Current program efforts for fiscal year 2015 are fully funded from prior year appropriations.

    H-60 Airframe Replacement A total of $12,000,000 is provided to allow for the continued work on the remanufacture of H-60 helicopters.

    HC-130J Aircraft An additional $95,000,000 is provided for one fully missionized HC-130J aircraft.

    HC-27J Conversion/Sustainment A total of $20,000,000 is provided for the HC-27J Spartan aircraft program, to include an additional $5,000,000 for aircraft spares.

    Military Housing A total of $6,000,000 is provided for the recapitalization, improvement, and acquisition of housing to support military families. The Coast Guard shall provide to the Committees an expenditure plan for these funds in the shore facilities report required to be submitted not later than 45 days after the date of enactment of this Act.

    RESEARCH, DEVELOPMENT, TEST, AND EVALUATION A total of $17,892,000 is provided for Research, Development, Test, and Evaluation.

    RETIRED PAY A total of $1,450,626,000 is provided for Retired Pay. The Coast Guard's Retired Pay appropriation is a mandatory budget activity.

    United States Secret Service SALARIES AND EXPENSES A total of $1,615,860,000 is provided for Salaries and Expenses. Included in the amount is $21,500,000 to begin preparation and training for presidential candidate nominee protection for the 2016 presidential election, including for protective vehicles and communications technology; and $4,000,000 to establish the protective detail for the next former President.

    The amount provided for this appropriation by PPA is as follows: ( $000 ) ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Budget Estimate Final Bill ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Protection: Protection of Persons and Facilities...................... $874,885 $892,685 Protective Intelligence Activities........................ 68,234 67,536 National Special Security Event Fund...................... 4,500 4,500 Presidential Candidate Nominee Protection................. 25,500 25,500 ------------------------------------------------- Subtotal, Protection.................................. 973,119 990,221 Investigations: Domestic Field Operations................................. 332,395 338,295 International Field Office Administration, Operations and 34,361 34,195 Training.................................................

    Support for Missing and Exploited Children................ - - - 8,366 ------------------------------------------------- Subtotal, Investigations.............................. 366,756 380,856 Headquarters, Management and Administration................... 189,191 188,380 Rowley Training Center........................................ 55,868 55,378 Information Integration and Technology Transformation......... 1,036 1,025 ------------------------------------------------- [[Page H284]] Total, Salaries and Expenses.............................. $1,585,970 $1,615,860 ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- White House Complex Security Recent incidents at the White House have raised serious concerns about the leadership and management of the Secret Service. In its Security Report on the White House Incursion Incident of September 19, 2014, the Department highlighted critical failures in information sharing and communications, confusion about operational protocols, and gaps in training at the White House Complex. While some of these problems can be attributed to insufficient resources requested by DHS and the Office of Management and Budget, others are systemic and appear to reflect broader cultural challenges within the Secret Service. To begin addressing some of these shortfalls, the bill provides an additional $25,000,000 in the Protection of Persons and Facilities PPA. These resources shall be used in part to support additional tactical canine units and staff, assess and bolster security infrastructure at both the White House Complex and Vice President's Residence, and fund overtime and training. The Secret Service is directed to brief the Committees not later than 60 days after the date of enactment of this Act on its plans for using these additional resources to provide the necessary security enhancements and training.

    Professionalism within the Workforce As described in the House report, recurring allegations of misconduct within the Secret Service are deeply disappointing. The Secret Service is expected to take all steps necessary to ensure that it has in place the proper training and protocols to prevent similar incidents and to hold violators accountable for their actions. Accordingly, the bill withholds $10,000,000 from obligation for Headquarters, Management and Administration until the Secret Service submits to the Committees, not later than 90 days after the date of enactment of this Act, a report providing evidence that the Secret Service has sufficiently reviewed its professional standards of conduct; issued new guidance for the procedures and conduct of employees when engaged in overseas operations and protective missions; and instituted a professional standards policy consistent with the agency's critical missions and unique position of public trust.

    Electronic Crimes Investigations and State and Local Cybercrime Training As detailed in the House and Senate reports, a total of $108,437,000 is provided for the Secret Service's various cyber activities, including electronic crimes investigations and state and local cybercrime training. Within this total, not less than $12,000,000 is provided for the robust support and expansion of basic and advanced training for state and local law enforcement personnel, judges, and prosecutors to combat cybercrime.

    National Special Security Event Fund A total of $4,500,000 is provided to defray costs associated with the Secret Service's statutory responsibility to direct the planning and coordination of National Special Security Events (NSSEs). As described in the House report, the Secret Service shall provide periodic updates on NSSEs planned for fiscal year 2015 prior to and following each event.

    Technology Activities The bill provides a total of $1,025,000 for Information Integration and Technology Transformation activities of the Secret Service. The Secret Service is directed to brief the Committees on all Secret Service information technology activities to include the information previously required in the multi-year investment plan.

    Strategic Human Capital Plan Not later than 60 days after the date of enactment of this Act, the Secret Service is directed to provide a strategic human capital plan for fiscal years 2015 through 2019 that aligns mission requirements with resource projections and delineates between protective and investigative missions. The plan shall address how projected resources can provide the appropriate combination of special agents and Uniformed Division officers to avoid routine leave restrictions, enable a regular schedule of mission-critical training, and provide appropriate levels of support staffing.

    ACQUISITION, CONSTRUCTION, IMPROVEMENTS, AND RELATED EXPENSES A total of $49,935,000 is provided for Acquisition, Construction, Improvements, and Related Expenses, including $5,380,000 for facilities and $44,555,000 for investments in Information Integration and Technology Transformation programs.

    TITLE III--PROTECTION, PREPAREDNESS, RESPONSE, AND RECOVERY National Protection and Programs Directorate management and administration A total of $61,651,000 is provided for Management and Administration (M&A) of the National Protection and Programs Directorate (NPPD). The request to transfer 18 FTE from OBIM to the NPPD M&A PPA is denied; therefore, the $2,914,000 for these FTE is included in the total provided for OBIM. The bill includes a new provision requiring NPPD to submit its fiscal year 2016 budget request by office and PPA. All information shall be submitted in the congressional budget justification and clearly demonstrate funding levels and projected program outcomes. NPPD is directed to brief the Committees quarterly on a plan for the obligation and expenditure of funds for all accounts, as specified under Title I of this statement.

    infrastructure protection and information security A total of $1,188,679,000 is provided for Infrastructure Protection and Information Security (IPIS), of which $225,000,000 is available until September 30, 2016.

    A provision is included permitting the use of funds for Next Generation Networks activities if there are delays due to contract actions in other programs. The provision is provided to promote the best use of funds only if there are unavoidable delays in other critical activities.

    The amount provided for this appropriation by PPA is as follows: ( $000 ) ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Budget Estimate Final Bill ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Infrastructure Protection: Infrastructure Analysis and Planning...................... $63,999 $64,494 Sector Management and Governance.......................... 63,136 64,961 Regional Field Operations................................. 57,034 56,550 Infrastructure Security Compliance........................ 86,976 85,027 ------------------------------------------------- Subtotal, Infrastructure Protection................... 271,145 271,032 Cybersecurity and Communications: Cybersecurity: Cybersecurity Coordination............................ 4,330 4,311 US Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT) 98,794 98,573 Operations...........................................

    Federal Network Security.............................. 171,500 171,000 Network Security Deployment........................... 377,690 377,000 Global Cybersecurity Management....................... 17,613 25,873 Critical Infrastructure Cyber Protection and Awareness 70,963 70,919 Business Operations................................... 5,554 5,524 ------------------------------------------------- Subtotal, Cybersecurity........................... 746,444 753,200 Communications: Office of Emergency Communications.................... 36,480 37,335 Priority Telecommunications Services.................. 53,381 53,324 Next Generation Networks.............................. 69,571 53,293 Programs to Study and Enhance Telecommunications...... 10,106 10,092 Critical Infrastructure Protection Programs........... 10,439 10,403 ------------------------------------------------- Subtotal, Communications.......................... 179,977 164,447 ------------------------------------------------- Subtotal, Cybersecurity and Communications................ 926,421 917,647 ------------------------------------------------- Total, Infrastructure Protection and Information Security..... $1,197,566 $1,188,679 ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- [[Page H285]] Infrastructure Protection It is critical that NPPD maintain a robust infrastructure information and analysis capability to guide decision-making that helps prevent and respond to incidents. Within the amount provided for Infrastructure Analysis and Planning, $17,150,000 is for the National Infrastructure Simulation and Analysis Center; $15,500,000 is for Vulnerability Assessments; and $9,000,000 is for the Office of Bombing Prevention.

    NPPD shall expand its efforts to strengthen the ability of government and private sector critical infrastructure partners to assess risks, coordinate programs and processes, and execute risk management programs and activities. Accordingly, a total of $64,961,000 is provided for Sector Management and Governance, which includes $2,000,000 above the request to define agency needs, identify requirements for community-level critical infrastructure protection and resilience, and rapidly develop, test, and transition to use technologies that address needs and requirements.

    As described in the Senate report, NPPD shall provide semi- annual reports on the implementation of the Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS) program that include the numbers of facilities covered; inspectors; completed inspections; inspections completed by region; pending inspections; days inspections are overdue; enforcement actions resulting from inspections; and enforcement actions overdue for resolution.

    As described in the House and Senate reports, NPPD's excessive use of administratively uncontrollable overtime (AUO) was inappropriate. As a result, the President's budget request for Infrastructure Security Compliance has been reduced. NPPD shall brief the Committees on implementation of its new overtime policies and on overtime year-to-date and anticipated expenditures, not later than May 1, 2015.

    Federal System Cybersecurity The process of instituting base capabilities to secure the .gov domain remains onerous, prohibiting efficient implementation and the opportunity to make protections more broadly available to critical infrastructure operators and state and local governments. NPPD is directed to move as expeditiously as possible, working with the Tier I internet service providers, other partners, and Federal departments and agencies, to deploy intrusion prevention security systems and continuous diagnostics capabilities. As part of NPPD's quarterly briefings on obligations and expenditures, NPPD shall keep the Committees apprised of the deployment schedules associated with its major cybersecurity programs.

    DHS has made progress through its collaborative efforts with Federal agencies in overcoming obstacles and implementing cybersecurity tools while safeguarding sensitive information. A recent agreement with the Census Bureau to use EINSTEIN services and the U.S. Computer Emergency Readiness Team should be used as a template for other Federal agencies that have been reticent to take advantage of EINSTEIN services because of concerns about protecting sensitive data.

    Cybersecurity Workforce A total of $25,873,000 is provided for Global Cybersecurity Management, of which no less than $15,810,000 is for cybersecurity education. As described in the Senate report, NPPD is directed to conduct a review of the feasibility and benefit (including cost savings and security) of using cybersecurity personnel and facilities outside of the National Capital Region to serve Federal and national needs. Findings of this review shall be reported to Congress not later than 120 days after the date of enactment of this Act.

    federal protective service A total of $1,342,606,000 is provided for the Federal Protective Service (FPS), as requested. This amount is fully offset by collections of security fees. Pursuant to the Senate report, the Secretary is directed to certify, not later than 30 days after the date of enactment of this Act that FPS will collect sufficient revenue and fees to fully fund operations and 1,371 FTE, including no less than 1,007 in law enforcement, as requested in the budget. A provision is included requiring that a strategic human capital plan be submitted with the President's fiscal year 2016 budget proposal.

    office of biometric identity management A total of $252,056,000 is provided for the Office of Biometric Identity Management (OBIM). The request to transfer 18 FTE from OBIM to the NPPD M&A PPA is denied; therefore, the $2,914,000 for these FTE is included in the total provided for OBIM. Not less than $25,382,000 is provided for IDENT system improvements and modernization efforts. OBIM is directed to brief the Committees on a plan for the obligation and expenditure of funds, as specified under Title I of this statement.

    OBIM is directed to continue to brief the Committees semi- annually on its workload and service levels, staffing, modernization efforts, and other operations, with the first briefing not later than 90 days after the date of enactment of this Act. These briefings shall include an update on the estimated costs and schedule for replacing the current IDENT system and the schedule for enrolling TSA's special vetted populations and DHS employees and contractors into IDENT.

    OBIM shall also continue semi-annual briefings on interagency coordination with the Departments of Justice, Defense, and State, and progress towards integrating the various biometric systems, including Unique Identity.

    Office of Health Affairs A total of $129,358,000 is provided for the Office of Health Affairs (OHA). Of the total amount, $86,891,000 is for BioWatch; $824,000 is for the Chemical Defense Program; $10,500,000 is for the National Biosurveillance Integration Center (NBIC); $4,995,000 is for Planning and Coordination; and $26,148,000 is for Salaries and Expenses.

    Biosurveillance Activities The bill provides an increase of $2,240,000 to begin replacement of aging BioWatch equipment to maintain current biodetection capabilities. OHA and the Science and Technology Directorate are directed to brief the Committees not later than 60 days after the date of enactment of this Act on the path forward for BioWatch and biosurveillance programs.

    National Biosurveillance Integration Center The bill provides $10,500,000 for NBIC, $2,500,000 above the amount requested, including a total of $3,400,000 to operationalize successful pilots funded in prior years. Prior to obligating this operationalization funding, OHA shall brief the Committees on its evaluation of the NBIC pilot projects and its proposal to operationalize successful pilots, including the resulting capability enhancements and funding requirements for those activities in fiscal year 2015 and future years.

    Federal Emergency Management Agency salaries and expenses A total of $934,396,000 is provided for Salaries and Expenses. Within the total, not less than: $2,000,000 is for the Emergency Management Assistance Compact; $4,199,515 is for the National Hurricane Program; $8,500,000 is for the National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program; $9,100,000 is for the National Dam Safety Program; and $4,000,000 is for automation modernization. Of the total, $30,000,000 is for capital improvements to the Mount Weather Emergency Operations Center. A provision is included providing funding related to modernization of automated systems.

    It is noted that the reprogramming notification requirements delineated in section 503 of this Act apply to the movement of funds between and among programs, projects, or activities (PPAs). In that regard, while the funding table included at the end of this statement provides guidance on reprogramming control levels, section 503 notification requirements also apply to funding amounts referenced in budget justification materials, Committee reports, and ``new starts,'' defined as any significant new activity that has not been explicitly justified to the Congress in budget justification material and appropriated by the Congress during the normal budget process. When determining which movements of funds are subject to section 503, FEMA is reminded to follow GAO's definition of ``program, project, or activity'' as detailed in the GAO's A Glossary of Terms Used in the Federal Budget Process.

    The amount provided for this appropriation by PPA is as follows: ( $000 ) ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Budget Estimate Final Bill ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Administrative and Regional Offices........................... $245,218 $244,183 Office of National Capital Region Coordination............ - - - (3,400) Preparedness and Protection................................... 185,000 180,797 Response...................................................... 167,376 175,986 Urban Search and Rescue Response System................... (27,513) (35,180) Recovery...................................................... 56,030 55,789 Mitigation.................................................... 25,782 28,876 Mission Support............................................... 141,809 145,316 Centrally Managed Accounts.................................... 103,449 103,449 ------------------------------------------------- Total, Salaries and Expenses.............................. $924,664 $934,396 ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- [[Page H286]] Budget Justification As directed in Title I of this explanatory statement, FEMA shall include funding and FTE information in the budget justifications for fiscal year 2016, to include the prior year actual funding level, an estimate for current year funding, and the request for the budget year for all PPAs, programs, and sub-programs.

    Training Assessment As directed in the Senate report under the State and Local Programs appropriation, FEMA shall brief the Committees on the results of the review of its training programs when completed. The briefing shall include the requirements for attaining the personnel qualification levels dictated in the recent 2014-2018 FEMA Strategic Plan.

    Automation Modernization A total of $4,000,000 is provided for automation modernization. In lieu of the direction by the Senate, the Administrator of FEMA and the DHS CIO shall brief the Committees on the expenditure plan for automation modernization to include the prior year actual funding level, an estimate for current year funding, and the request for the budget year.

    Roles and Missions Review of Regional Offices The FEMA Administrator is encouraged to conduct an assessment that shall provide advice and recommendations regarding the appropriate roles and missions of the FEMA Regional Offices for the purpose of maximizing the Agency's ability to carry out authorized activities and determining budgetary requirements. The assessment will seek to identify and distinguish, in consideration of each region's unique requirements due to geography, demographics, and other factors, which FEMA Regional Office roles, missions, and functions might be added or enhanced; maintained at current levels of performance; reduced, eliminated, or moved; or better performed by private organizations (by contract or otherwise), public authorities, local or state governments, or other Federal agencies. The assessment will be completed not later than 180 days after the date of enactment of this Act.

    DHS Unity of Effort Associated with the Department's Unity of Effort initiative, $1,138,000 is realigned from the DHS Office of Policy to the Mitigation PPA for the Resilience STAR program; $900,000 is realigned from the DHS Office of Operations Coordination and Planning (OPS) to the Response PPA for the Very Small Aperture Terminal (VSAT) project; and $500,000 is realigned from OPS to the Response PPA for the Interagency Modeling and Atmospheric Center.

    state and local programs A total of $1,500,000,000 is provided for State and Local Programs, to be distributed by PPA as follows: ( $000 ) ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Budget Estimate Final Bill ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- State Homeland Security Grant Program......................... - - - $467,000 Operation Stonegarden..................................... - - - (55,000) Urban Area Security Initiative................................ - - - 600,000 Nonprofit Security Grants................................. - - - (13,000) Public Transportation Security Assistance and Railroad - - - 100,000 Security Assistance..........................................

    Amtrak Security........................................... - - - (10,000) Over-the-Road Bus Security................................ - - - (3,000) Port Security Grants.......................................... - - - 100,000 ------------------------------------------------- Subtotal, Discretionary Grants........................ - - - 1,267,000 Education, Training, and Exercises: Emergency Management Institute............................ - - - 20,569 Center for Domestic Preparedness.......................... - - - 64,991 National Domestic Preparedness Consortium................. - - - 98,000 National Exercise Program................................. - - - 19,919 Continuing Training....................................... - - - 29,521 ------------------------------------------------- Subtotal, Education, Training, and Exercises.......... - - - 233,000 ------------------------------------------------- National Preparedness Grant Program........................... $1,043,200 - - - First Responder Assistance Program: Emergency Management Performance Grants................... 350,000 - - - \1\ Fire Grants............................................... 335,000 - - - \1\ Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) 335,000 - - - \1\ Act Grants...............................................

    Training Partnership Grants............................... 60,000 - - - Education, Training, and Exercises........................ 102,269 - - - ------------------------------------------------- Subtotal, First Responder Assistance Program.......... 1,182,269 - - - ------------------------------------------------- Total, State and Local Programs........................... $2,225,469 $1,500,000 ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- \1\ Funds appropriated in separate accounts.

    Provisions are included specifying timeframes for grant awards, limiting grantee administrative costs to five percent of the total amount of each grant, permitting the construction of communication towers under certain conditions, requiring reports from grantees as necessary, and permitting the use of certain funds for security buffer zones at FEMA facilities.

    Education, Training, and Exercises A total of $233,000,000 is provided for Education, Training, and Exercises. Within the total, $29,521,000 is for Continuing Training, including $3,500,000 for rural first responder training and not less than $2,000,000 for hazardous materials training.

    Urban Area Security Initiative Consistent with the 9/11 Act, FEMA shall conduct risk assessments for the 100 most populous metropolitan areas prior to making Urban Area Security Initiative (UASI) grant awards. Because most of the cumulative national terrorism risk to urban areas is focused on a relatively small number of cities, it is expected that UASI funding will be limited to urban areas representing up to 85 percent of such risk and that resources will continue to be allocated in proportion to risk.

    firefighter assistance grants A total of $680,000,000 is provided for Firefighter Assistance Grants, including $340,000,000 in grants for firefighter equipment, protective gear, emergency vehicles, training and other resources, and $340,000,000 for firefighter staffing grants.

    emergency management performance grants A total of $350,000,000 is provided for Emergency Management Performance Grants.

    radiological emergency preparedness program Statutory language is included providing for the receipt and expenditure of fees collected, as authorized by Public Law 105-276.

    united states fire administration A total of $44,000,000 is provided for the United States Fire Administration.

    disaster relief fund (including transfer of funds) A total of $7,033,464,494 is provided for the Disaster Relief Fund (DRF), of which $6,437,792,622 is designated as being for disaster relief for major disasters pursuant to section 251(b)(2)(D) of the Balanced Budget and Emergency Deficit Control Act of 1985. A provision is included transferring $24,000,000 to the OIG for audits and investigations related to all disasters.

    A general provision is included in Title V of this Act rescinding $375,000,000 from amounts provided for non-major disaster response in prior years due to the significant balances carried over from fiscal year 2014 and amounts recovered from previous disasters during project closeouts. The remaining balances, combined with the amount appropriated in this bill, fully fund all known requirements, to include recovery from Hurricane Sandy, the Colorado wildfires, the Oklahoma tornadoes, and other previous disasters, as well as an estimate of relief efforts for future disasters.

    In lieu of direction in the House report directing FEMA to provide a report on the Public Assistance Alternative Procedures Program to certain committees, FEMA shall provide the report to Congress.

    As directed in Title I of this statement, FEMA shall include in the budget justification for fiscal year 2016 a detailed justification for all categories funded with base discretionary funding, including a detailed obligation plan for the Disaster Readiness Support (DRS) program. Additionally, FEMA shall provide briefings on the obligation and expenditure of DRS funding not later than 30 days after the date of enactment of this Act and semi-annually thereafter.

    FEMA is directed to continue rigorous efforts to prevent improper payments to citizens seeking disaster assistance. Reclaiming funds from individuals during a financially fragile time is destructive and can leave families in ruin. If an improper payment is made, FEMA shall implement the appeals process efficiently and pay diligent attention to overpayments made due to FEMA's error. If the improper payment cannot be forgiven, [[Page H287]] FEMA shall work with individuals based on ability to make the repayment.

    FEMA shall make every effort to assist Federal agencies, including HUD, to find acceptable proof of work for completion of home elevations.

    flood hazard mapping and risk analysis program A total of $100,000,000 is provided for Flood Hazard Mapping and Risk Analysis.

    national flood insurance fund A total of $179,294,000 is provided for the National Flood Insurance Fund, for which administrative costs shall not exceed four percent.

    FEMA is encouraged to promote more extensive use of the Community Rating System (CRS) nationwide. FEMA is directed to dedicate resources for robust implementation of CRS and to continue working with institutions with expertise in floodplain management and disaster risk management that can provide direct technical assistance to communities to develop applications.

    national predisaster mitigation fund A total of $25,000,000 is provided for the National Predisaster Mitigation Fund, to remain available until expended.

    emergency food and shelter A total of $120,000,000 is provided for the Emergency Food and Shelter (EFS) program, of which administrative costs shall not exceed 3.5 percent. A provision, as proposed in the budget request, is not included for the FEMA Administrator to transfer the funding and administrative responsibility for EFS to the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). While the proposal to transfer EFS to HUD has merits, outreach with appropriate stakeholders is required to ensure a successful transition. Should such a transfer be proposed in future budget requests, it is expected that FEMA and HUD will have a comprehensive outreach strategy as well as a full transition plan as part of such proposal.

    TITLE IV--RESEARCH, DEVELOPMENT, TRAINING, AND SERVICES United States Citizenship and Immigration Services E-Verify A total of $124,435,000 is provided in discretionary appropriations for E-Verify.

    Federal Law Enforcement Training Center salaries and expenses A total of $230,497,000 is provided for Salaries and Expenses. The amount available for official reception and representation expenses, $7,180, reflects recent historic expenditures for this purpose. FLETC is directed to brief the Committees on a plan for the obligation and expenditure of funds, as specified under Title I of this statement.

    acquisitions, construction, improvements, and related expenses A total of $27,841,000 is provided for Acquisition, Construction, Improvements, and Related Expenses. FLETC shall submit, not later than 180 days after the date of enactment of this Act, an updated five-year comprehensive master plan for its four training centers.

    Science and Technology management and administration A total of $129,993,000 is provided for Management and Administration. This amount includes funds realigned from the DHS Office of Operations Coordination and Planning for the S&T NextGen Air Transportation System, as part of the Secretary's Unity of Effort initiative.

    research, development, acquisition, and operations A total of $973,915,000 is provided for Research, Development, Acquisition, and Operations. In lieu of quarterly reports, the Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) is directed to provide semi-annual briefings to the Committees on the review and prioritization of each S&T- funded R&D project, including documentation on how each newly-funded project meets S&T's prioritization and funding criteria.

    The amount provided for this appropriation by PPA is as follows: ( $000 ) ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Budget Estimate Final Bill ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Research, Development, and Innovation......................... $433,788 $457,499 Laboratory Facilities......................................... 435,180 434,989 Acquisition and Operations Support............................ 41,703 41,703 University Programs........................................... 31,000 39,724 ------------------------------------------------- Total, Research, Development, Acquisition, and Operations. $941,671 $973,915 ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Research, Development, and Innovation A total of $457,499,000 is provided for Research, Development, and Innovation. S&T is directed to brief the Committees not later than 30 days after the date of enactment of this Act on the proposed allocation of funds by project and thrust area, and to provide quarterly status briefings on the plan and any changes from the original allocation.

    Cybersecurity Research The House and Senate reports both emphasized cybersecurity research as a strong priority. In addition, the Department is strongly encouraged to expand its work with cyber research infrastructure test beds and accompanying cyber education.

    Apex Projects As directed in both the House and Senate reports, S&T shall brief the Committees not later than 30 days after the date of enactment of this Act on the Apex funding allocation by project and on progress made to field improved technologies.

    National Bio- and Agro-defense Facility The bill provides $434,989,000 for Laboratory Facilities, of which $300,000,000 is for construction of the National Bio- and Agro-defense Facility.

    Component Liaison Program Not later than 60 days after the date of enactment of this Act, S&T shall submit a plan to the Committees on the proposed structure of a liaison program that establishes a permanent mechanism for interaction between S&T and the components.

    University Programs A total of $39,724,000 is provided for University Programs, which will allow S&T to fund all existing centers at an appropriate level and the new center expected to be awarded in fiscal year 2015. S&T shall brief the Committees not later than 45 days after the date of enactment of this Act on the status of competitively selecting the new center.

    Domestic Nuclear Detection Office MANAGEMENT AND ADMINISTRATION A total of $37,339,000 is provided for Management and Administration. As directed in the Senate report, in lieu of an annual report, DNDO shall brief the Committees annually on the Department's strategic investment plan, including DNDO's ability to surge capabilities with Federal, state, and local level assets to respond to suspected radiological threats.

    RESEARCH, DEVELOPMENT, AND OPERATIONS A total of $197,900,000 is provided for Research, Development, and Operations. Included in this amount is an increase of $1,000,000 above the request to restore cuts to the National Nuclear Forensics Expertise Development Program.

    The amount provided for this appropriation by PPA is as follows: ( $000 ) ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Budget Estimate Final Bill ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Systems Engineering and Architecture.......................... $17,924 $17,000 Systems Development........................................... 22,000 21,400 Transformational Research and Development..................... 69,500 69,500 Assessments................................................... 38,079 38,000 Operations Support............................................ 31,565 31,000 National Technical Nuclear Forensics Center................... 20,000 21,000 ------------------------------------------------- Total, Research, Development, and Operations.............. $199,068 $197,900 ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Systems Acquisition The bill provides a total of $72,603,000 for Systems Acquisition.

    The amount provided for this appropriation by PPA is as follows: [[Page H288]] ( $000 ) ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Budget Estimate Final Bill ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Radiation Portal Monitor Program.............................. $5,000 $5,000 Securing the Cities........................................... 12,000 19,000 Human Portable Radiation Detection Systems.................... 50,861 48,603 ------------------------------------------------- Total, Systems Acquisition................................ $67,861 $72,603 ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- TITLE V--GENERAL PROVISIONS Section 501. A provision proposed by the House and Senate is continued that no part of any appropriation shall remain available for obligation beyond the current year unless expressly provided.

    Section 502. A provision proposed by the House and Senate is continued that unexpended balances of prior appropriations may be merged with new appropriation accounts and used for the same purpose, subject to reprogramming guidelines.

    Section 503. A provision proposed by the House and Senate is continued that limits authority to reprogram appropriations within an account and provides authority to transfer up to five percent between appropriations accounts with 15-day advance notification to the Committees. Congressional control levels for reprogramming purposes include, but are not limited to, the amounts identified in the detailed funding table located at the end of this statement. These reprogramming guidelines shall be complied with by all agencies funded by this Act.

    The Department shall submit reprogramming requests on a timely basis and provide complete explanations of the reallocations proposed, including detailed justifications of the increases and offsets, and any specific impact the proposed changes will have on the budget request for the following fiscal year and future-year appropriations requirements. Each request submitted to the Committees should include a detailed table showing the proposed revisions at the account, program, project, and activity level to the funding and staffing (full-time equivalent position) levels for the current fiscal year and to the levels requested in the President's budget for the following fiscal year.

    The Department shall manage its programs and activities within the levels appropriated. The Department should only submit reprogramming or transfer requests in the case of an unforeseeable emergency or situation that could not have been predicted when formulating the budget request for the current fiscal year. When the Department submits a reprogramming or transfer request to the Committees and does not receive identical responses from the House and Senate, it is the responsibility of the Department to reconcile the House and Senate differences before proceeding and, if reconciliation is not possible, to consider the reprogramming or transfer request not approved.

    Unless an initial notification has been provided, the Department is not to submit a reprogramming or transfer of funds notification after June 30 except in extraordinary circumstances that imminently threaten the safety of human life or the protection of property. If a reprogramming or transfer is needed after June 30, the submittal should contain sufficient documentation as to why it meets this statutory exception.

    Section 504. A provision proposed by the House and Senate is continued that prohibits funds appropriated or otherwise made available to the Department to make payment to the Working Capital Fund (WCF), except for activities and amounts allowed in the President's fiscal year 2015 request. Funds provided to the WCF are available until expended. The Department can only charge components for direct usage of the WCF and these funds may be used only for the purposes consistent with the contributing component. Any funds paid in advance or reimbursed must reflect the full cost of each service. The Department shall submit a notification for the addition or removal of any activity to the fund and shall submit quarterly execution reports with activity level detail.

    Section 505. A provision proposed by the House and Senate is continued that not to exceed 50 percent of unobligated balances remaining at the end of fiscal year 2015 from appropriations made for salaries and expenses shall remain available through fiscal year 2016 subject to section 503 reprogramming guidelines.

    Section 506. A provision proposed by the House and Senate is continued that funds for intelligence activities are deemed to be specifically authorized during fiscal year 2015 until the enactment of an Act authorizing intelligence activities for fiscal year 2015.

    Section 507. A provision proposed by the House and Senate is continued and modified requiring notification of the Committees three days before grant allocations, grant awards, contract awards, other transactional agreements, letters of intent, a task or delivery order on a multiple contract award totaling $1,000,000 or more, a task or delivery order greater than $10,000,000 from multi-year funds, or sole-source grant awards, are announced by the Department, including contracts covered by the Federal Acquisition Regulation. The Department is required to brief the Committees five full business days prior to announcing the intention to make a grant under State and Local Programs. Notification shall include a description of the project or projects to be funded, including city, county, and state.

    Section 508. A provision proposed by the House and Senate is continued that no agency shall purchase, construct, or lease additional facilities for Federal law enforcement training without advance approval of the Committees.

    Section 509. A provision proposed by the House and Senate is continued that none of the funds may be used for any construction, repair, alteration, or acquisition project for which a prospectus, if required under chapter 33 of title 40, United States Code, has not been approved.

    Section 510. A provision proposed by the House and Senate is continued that consolidates by reference prior year statutory bill language into one provision. These provisions relate to contracting officer's technical representative training; sensitive security information; and the use of funds in conformance with section 303 of the Energy Policy Act of 1992.

    Section 511. A provision proposed by the House and Senate is continued that none of the funds may be used in contravention of the Buy American Act.

    Section 512. A provision proposed by the House and Senate is continued regarding the oath of allegiance required by section 337 of the Immigration and Nationality Act.

    Section 513. A provision proposed by the House and Senate is continued and modified requiring the Chief Financial Officer to submit monthly budget execution and staffing reports within 30 days after the close of each month.

    Section 514. A provision proposed by the House and Senate is continued and modified directing that any funds appropriated or transferred to TSA's Aviation Security, Administration, and Transportation Security Support appropriations in fiscal years 2004 and 2005 that are recovered or deobligated shall be available only for procurement and installation of explosives detection systems, air cargo, baggage, and checkpoint screening systems, subject to notification. Semi-annual reports must be submitted identifying any funds that are recovered or deobligated.

    Section 515. A provision proposed by the Senate is included regarding competitive sourcing for USCIS. The House proposed no similar provision.

    Section 516. A provision proposed by the House and Senate is continued for fiscal year 2015 requiring that any funds appropriated to the Coast Guard's 110-123 foot patrol boat conversion that are recovered, collected, or otherwise received as a result of negotiation, mediation, or litigation, shall be available until expended for the Fast Response Cutter program.

    Section 517. A provision proposed by the House and Senate is continued classifying the functions of the instructor staff at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center as inherently governmental for purposes of the Federal Activities Inventory Reform Act.

    Section 518. A provision proposed by the House and Senate is continued regarding grants or contracts awarded by any means other than full and open competition. The Inspector General is required to review Departmental contracts awarded noncompetitively and report on the results to the Committees.

    Section 519. A provision proposed by the House is included that prohibits funding pertaining to the Principal Federal Official during a Stafford Act declared disaster or emergency, with certain exceptions. The Senate proposed no similar provision.

    Section 520. A provision proposed by the House and Senate is continued that precludes DHS from using funds in this Act to carry out reorganization authority. This prohibition is not intended to prevent the Department from carrying out routine or small reallocations of personnel or functions within components, subject to section 503 of this Act. This language prevents large scale reorganization of the Department, which should be acted on legislatively by the relevant congressional committees of jurisdiction.

    Section 521. A provision proposed by the Senate is included prohibiting the Secretary from reducing operations within the Coast Guard's Civil Engineering Program except as specifically authorized by a statute enacted after the date of enactment of this Act. The House proposed no similar provision.

    Section 522. A provision proposed by the House and Senate is continued that prohibits funding to grant an immigration benefit to any individual unless the results of the background checks required in statute, to be completed prior to the grant of the benefit, have been received by DHS.

    Section 523. A provision proposed by the House and Senate is continued extending other transactional authority for DHS through fiscal year 2015.

    Section 524. A provision proposed by the House and Senate is continued requiring the [[Page H289]] Secretary to link all contracts that provide award fees to successful acquisition outcomes.

    Section 525. A provision proposed by the House and Senate is continued regarding waivers of the Jones Act.

    Section 526. A provision proposed by the House and Senate is continued related to prescription drugs.

    Section 527. A provision proposed by the Senate is included prohibiting funds from being used to reduce the Coast Guard's Operations Systems Center mission or its government-employed or contract staff. The House proposed no similar provision.

    Section 528. A provision proposed by the House and Senate is continued requiring the Secretary, in conjunction with the Secretary of the Treasury, to notify the Committees of any proposed transfers from the Department of Treasury Forfeiture Fund to any agency within DHS. No funds may be obligated until the Committees approve the proposed transfers.

    Section 529. A provision proposed by the House and Senate is continued prohibiting funds for planning, testing, piloting, or developing a national identification card.

    Section 530. A provision proposed by the Senate is included prohibiting funds to be used to conduct or implement the results of a competition under Office of Management and Budget Circular A-76 with respect to the Coast Guard National Vessel Documentation Center. The House proposed no similar provision.

    Section 531. A provision proposed by the House and Senate is continued that requires a report to be posted on the FEMA website summarizing damage assessment information used to determine whether to declare a major disaster.

    Section 532. A provision proposed by the House and Senate is continued directing that any official required by this Act to report or to certify to the Committees on Appropriations may not delegate any such authority unless expressly authorized to do so in this Act.

    Section 533. A provision proposed by the House and Senate is continued prohibiting the use of funds for the transfer or release of individuals detained at United States Naval Station, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

    Section 534. A provision proposed by the House and Senate is continued prohibiting funds in this Act to be used for first-class travel.

    Section 535. A provision proposed by the House and Senate is continued prohibiting funds to be used to employ illegal workers as described in Section 274A(h)(3) of the Immigration and Nationality Act.

    Section 536. A provision proposed by the House and Senate is continued and made permanent relating to the proper disposal of personal information collected through the Registered Traveler program.

    Section 537. A provision proposed by the House and Senate is continued prohibiting funds appropriated or otherwise made available by this Act to pay for award or incentive fees for contractors with below satisfactory performance or performance that fails to meet the basic requirements of the contract.

    Section 538. A provision proposed by the House and Senate is continued that requires any new processes developed to screen aviation passengers and crews for transportation or national security to consider privacy and civil liberties, consistent with applicable laws, regulations, and guidance.

    Section 539. A provision proposed by the House and Senate is continued that permits the allocation of funds for an immigrant integration grants program. The grants shall be used to provide services to individuals who have been lawfully admitted into the U.S. for permanent residence.

    Section 540. A provision proposed by the Senate is included providing a total of $48,600,000 for consolidation of the new DHS headquarters at St. Elizabeths and related mission support activities. The House proposed no similar provision.

    Section 541. A provision proposed by the House and Senate is continued prohibiting funds appropriated or otherwise made available by this Act for DHS to enter into a Federal contract unless the contract meets requirements of the Federal Property and Administrative Services Act of 1949 or chapter 137 of title 10 U.S.C., and the Federal Acquisition Regulation, unless the contract is otherwise authorized by statute without regard to this section.

    Section 542. A provision proposed by the House and Senate is included and modified providing $34,072,000 for financial systems modernization activities to be allocated by the Secretary and allowing the Secretary to transfer financial systems modernization funds made available by this Act between appropriations after notifying the Committees 15 days in advance. Funding is available for two years.

    Section 543. A provision proposed by the House and Senate is continued providing flexibility to the Department in responding to an immigration emergency, subject to notification.

    Section 544. A provision proposed by the House and Senate is continued permitting the Department to sell ICE-owned detention facilities and use the proceeds from any sale for improvement to other facilities provided that any such sale will not result in the maintenance of fewer than 34,000 detention beds.

    Section 545. A provision proposed by the House and Senate is continued and modified pertaining to multi-year investment and management plans for certain activities within CBP and ICE.

    Section 546. A provision proposed by the House and Senate is continued and modified stating that the Secretary shall ensure enforcement of all immigration laws.

    Section 547. A provision proposed by the House and Senate is included and modified regarding Federal Network Security.

    Section 548. A provision proposed by the House and Senate is continued regarding restrictions on electronic access to pornography, except for law enforcement purposes.

    Section 549. A provision proposed by the House and Senate is continued regarding the transfer of firearms by Federal law enforcement personnel.

    Section 550. A provision proposed by the House and Senate is continued prohibiting any funds from this or any other Act to be used for creation of the National Preparedness Grant Program or any successor grant programs unless explicitly authorized by Congress.

    Section 551. A provision proposed by the House is included prohibiting funds for the position of Public Advocate or a successor position within ICE. The Senate proposed no similar provision.

    Section 552. A provision proposed by the House and Senate is included and modified amending Division F of Public Law 113-76, and Division D of Public Law 113-6, regarding reimbursable public-private partnerships and donation authority related to CBP port of entry operations.

    Section 553. A provision proposed by the House and Senate is continued regarding funding restrictions and reporting requirements related to conferences occurring outside of the United States.

    Section 554. A provision proposed by the House and Senate is continued that prohibits funds made available by this Act to reimburse any Federal department or agency for its participation in a NSSE.

    Section 555. A provision proposed by the House and Senate is included and modified requiring certification to Congress for new air preclearance operations.

    Section 556. A provision proposed by the House is included prohibiting any funds from this or any other Act to be used to require airport operators to provide airport-financed staffing to monitor exit points from the sterile area of any airport at which TSA provided such monitoring as of December 1, 2013. The Senate proposed no similar provision.

    Section 557. A provision proposed by the House and Senate is continued providing the Secretary discretion to waive certain provisions of law related to requirements for Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) grants.

    Section 558. A provision proposed by the House and Senate is continued that prohibits the collection of new land border fees or the study of the imposition of such border fees.

    Section 559. A provision proposed by the Senate is included pertaining to the temporary reemployment of administrative law judges for arbitration dispute resolution. The House proposed no similar provision.

    Section 560. A provision proposed by the House and Senate is continued that clarifies that fees collected pursuant to the Colombia Free Trade Agreement are available until expended.

    Section 561. A provision proposed by the Senate is included related to user fee proposals that have not been enacted into law prior to submission of the budget. The House proposed no similar provision.

    Section 562. A provision proposed by the House is included requiring the Secretary to report on the Department's requirements for and usage of weapons. The Senate proposed no similar provision.

    Section 563. A provision proposed by the House is included which prohibits funds from being used for environmental remediation of LORAN support in a specified location. The Senate proposed no similar provision.

    Section 564. A provision proposed by the House and Senate is included directing the inclusion of budget justification for any structural pay reform that affects more than 100 FTE positions or costs more than $5,000,000.

    Section 565. A provision proposed by the Senate is included and modified directing the Department to post on a public website reports required by the Committees on Appropriations unless public posting compromises homeland or national security or contains proprietary information. The House proposed no similar provision.

    Section 566. A provision proposed by the Senate is included repealing section 605 of Public Law 110-161 related to land border port of entry technology demonstration projects. The House proposed no similar provision.

    Section 567. A provision proposed by the Senate is included regarding a transfer to the Disaster Relief Fund from the Disaster Assistance Direct Loan Program. The transfer has no impact on ongoing loan determinations. The House proposed no similar provision.

    Section 568. A provision proposed by the House and Senate is included deeming a Transportation Security Officer, who died as the direct result of an injury sustained in the line of duty on November 13, 2013, as having been a public safety officer for the purposes of the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968.

    Section 569. A provision proposed by the House and Senate is included requiring OMB and DHS to include in budget justifications budget estimates for costs related to UAC.

    [[Page H290]] Section 570. A provision proposed by the Senate is included regarding the Fire Management Assistance Grant Program. The House proposed no similar provision.

    Section 571. A new provision is included regarding reprogramming and transfer authority for CBP and ICE Salaries and Expenses accounts related to the care and transportation of unaccompanied alien children.

    Section 572. A new provision is included making costs of providing humanitarian relief to unaccompanied alien children and to alien adults and their minor children an eligible use for certain Homeland Security grants to Southwest border recipients for fiscal years 2013 and 2014. State and local costs to include the costs of personnel, overtime and travel related to enhancing border security are already eligible expenses under the major Homeland Security grant programs; however, costs associated with the immediate care and transportation of UAC and families that were incurred by state and local jurisdictions would otherwise not be eligible.

    The influx of UAC and families that came across the Southwest border overwhelmed Federal resources and put a burden on state and local jurisdictions, particularly small counties along the border. This created not only a humanitarian crisis but also a greater vulnerability to terrorism and other security risks to our Nation.

    Rescissions Section 573. A provision proposed by the House and Senate is included and modified rescinding unobligated balances from specified programs.

    Section 574. A provision proposed by the House and Senate is included and modified rescinding specified funds from the Treasury Forfeiture Fund.

    Section 575. A provision proposed by the House and Senate is included and modified rescinding unobligated balances from legacy programs.

    Section 576. A new provision is included rescinding unobligated lapsed balances from DHS programs.

    Section 577. A provision proposed by the House and Senate is continued and modified rescinding unobligated balances from FEMA DRF.

    Section 578. A new provision is included that allows that the explanatory statement regarding this Act, printed in the House of Representatives section of the Congressional Record, shall have the same effect with respect to the allocation of funds and implementation of this Act as if it were a joint explanatory statement of a committee of conference.

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