H R 5658 in Congressional Session 110
Bill Number : H R 5658
Title : To authorize appropriations for fiscal year 2009 for military activities of the Department of Defense, for military construction, and for defense activities of the Department of Energy, to prescribe military personnel strengths for such fiscal year, to amend the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act to provide for the protection of child custody arrangements for parents who are members of the Armed Forces deployed in support of a contingency operation, and for other purposes.
SUMMARY AS OF:
Procurement - Subtitle A: Authorization of Appropriations -
Authorizes appropriations for FY2009 for the Army, Navy and Marine Corps, and Air Force for aircraft, missiles, weapons and tracked combat vehicles, ammunition, shipbuilding and conversion, and other procurement.
Authorizes appropriations for FY2009 for: (1) defense-wide procurement; (2) National Guard and reserve equipment; and (3) the Rapid Acquisition Fund. Subtitle B: Army Programs -
Directs the Secretary of Defense (Secretary), for FY2010 and thereafter, to ensure that, in each budget submission to the President, a separate, dedicated procurement line item is designated for five specified elements of the Future Combat Systems (FCS) program, to the extent that the budget submission includes funding for such elements.
Prohibits the Secretary and the Secretary of the Army, for FY2009 and thereafter, from awarding a contract for low-rate initial or full-rate production of major elements of the FCS program to an entity under contract to perform the role of lead systems integrator for such program. Makes such prohibition inapplicable to: (1) contracts entered into in FY2009 or FY2010 for procurement of non-line of sight cannon vehicles; and (2) elements acquired through selected acquisition methods.
Requires a report from the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Networks and Information Integration to the congressional defense and appropriations committees on Army tactical radio fielding plans by March 30, 2009. Prohibits more than 75% of the FY2009 funds authorized under this Act for Army tactical radio systems from being obligated or expended until 30 days after such report is received.
Directs the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics (Under Secretary) to certify to the defense and appropriations committees that the Army reconnaissance helicopter has: (1) satisfactorily completed a limited user test; and (2) been approved to enter milestone C. Prohibits more than 20% of the FY2009 funds authorized for such helicopter from being obligated or expended until 30 days after such report is received. Subtitle C: Navy Programs -
Earmarks specified Navy procurement funds for commencement of the nuclear refueling and complex overhaul of the aircraft carrier U.S.S. Theodore Roosevelt during FY2009. Authorizes the Secretary of the Navy to enter into a contract for such purposes.
Amends the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2008 to require the Secretary of the Navy, in connection with a multiyear contract for the procurement of Virginia-class submarines, to certify to the defense and appropriations committees that the contract will be awarded to either the General Dynamics Electric Boat Division or the Northrop Grumman Newport News Shipbuilding Division, with the other contractor acting as the primary subcontractor to the contract.
Amends the NDAA for Fiscal Year 2006 to authorize additional adjustments to the per-vessel cost limits under the littoral combat ship program for fluctuations attributable to economic inflation after FY2007 or to the insertion of new technology.
Requires a report from the Secretary to the defense and appropriations committees on F/A-18 aircraft procurement. Earmarks Navy procurement funds for such purpose. Subtitle D: Air Force Programs -
Prohibits the Secretary of the Air Force from retiring any C-5A aircraft that would reduce their number below 111 until 45 days after submitting to the defense and appropriations committees: (1) a certification that any such retirement will not significantly increase operational risks of not meeting the National Defense Strategy; and (2) a cost analysis with respect to the aircraft to be retired.
Amends the John Warner National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2007 (Warner Act) to require the Secretary of the Air Force to maintain at least 46 (currently, all) of the KC-135E aircraft retired after FY2006 in a condition that would allow recall for future service.
Amends the NDAA for Fiscal Year 2004 to repeal multiyear contracting authority for the procurement of tanker aircraft.
Directs the Secretary of the Air Force to report to the defense and appropriations committees on the process used for requirements development for the KC-(X) (aircraft tanker). Subtitle E: Joint and Multiservice Matters -
Requires the Secretary to: (1) designate an executive agent for procurement of body armor and associated components; and (2) designate a separate line item for such procurement in each defense budget for FY2010 and thereafter. Directs the Under Secretary to report to the defense and appropriations committees with respect to industrial base capacity and research and development objectives associated with body armor.
Requires the Comptroller General (CG) to: (1) audit the requirements generation process of the Department of Defense (DOD) for small arms procurement to determine if there are statutory or regulatory barriers to developing a small arms procurement requirement; and (2) report audit results to the defense and appropriations committees. Requires a comprehensive report from the Secretary to such committees on the small arms industrial base.
Directs the Secretary to: (1) establish a policy and acquisition strategy for intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance payloads and ground stations for manned and unmanned aerial vehicle systems, to be applicable throughout DOD, to achieve integrated research, development, test and evaluation, and procurement commonality; and (2) submit such policy and strategy to the defense, appropriations, and intelligence committees.
Requires the Secretary of the Navy to report to the defense and appropriations committees on future jet carrier trainer requirements.
Research, Development, Test, and Evaluation - Subtitle A: Authorization of Appropriations -
Authorizes appropriations for FY2009 for the Armed Forces for research, development, test, and evaluation (RDT&E). Earmarks specified amounts for the Defense Science and Technology Program. Subtitle B: Program Requirements, Restrictions, and Limitations -
Amends the Warner Act to require additional determinations as part of the FCS milestone review.
Directs the Assistant Secretary of Defense, Networks and Information Integration to report to the defense and appropriations committees assessing FCS communications network and software.
Requires the Secretary of the Army, for 2009 through 2015, to submit a selected acquisition report for each FCS manned ground vehicle variant.
Directs the Secretary, for FY2010 and thereafter, to ensure that a separate line item and program element is designated for the Sky Warrior unmanned aerial systems project.
Requires the Under Secretary to notify the defense and appropriations committees within five days after completion of specified actions with respect to a program baseline, cost estimate, and technology readiness assessment for the Warfighter Information Network-Tactical (WIN-T) Increment 3 program. Prohibits the obligation or expenditure of more than 20% of the FY2009 funds authorized for the program until 15 days after such notification is received.
Requires the Secretary of the Army, for FY2009 and thereafter, to fund specified joint cargo aircraft expenditures only through amounts made available for procurement or RDT&E. Subtitle C: Missile Defense Programs - Directs the: (1) Secretary to enter into an agreement with a federally funded research and development center (FFRDC) for an independent study of concepts and systems for boost phase missile defense; and (2) FFRDC to report its findings, conclusions, and recommendations to the defense and appropriations committees.
Prohibits any DOD funds for FY2009 or thereafter from being obligated or expended for procurement, site activation, construction, preparation of equipment for, or deployment of a long-range missile defense system in Europe until: (1) Poland and the Czech Republic have each signed and ratified the missile defense basing and status of forces agreements that allow for the stationing in their countries of U.S. missile defense assets and personnel needed to carry out such deployment; (2) 45 days have elapsed following receipt by the defense and appropriations committees of a report required under the NDAA for Fiscal Year 2008 concerning an independent assessment for ballistic missile defenses in Europe; and (3) the Secretary has certified to such committees that the proposed interceptor to be deployed under such system has demonstrated a high probability of working in an operationally effective manner and the ability to accomplish the mission. Subtitle D: Other Matters -
Adds to the responsibilities of the Director, Operational Test and Evaluation, with respect to the oversight of testing of personnel protective equipment. Includes such equipment under requirements for survivability testing before full-scale production. Requires the production milestone decision authority to notify such Director of any DOD decision to proceed to operational use of such equipment or to make procurement funds available for its purchase.
Directs the Secretary to: (1) assess the capability of historically black colleges and universities and minority serving institutions to participate in RDT&E programs for DOD; and (2) report such assessment to the defense and appropriations committees.
Amends the NDAA for Fiscal Year 2008 to include within a required report certain descriptions and analyses concerning interoperability and security of information technologies for sharing health care information between DOD and the Department of Veterans Affairs. Requires the Director of the Department of Defense-Department of Veterans Affairs Interagency Program Office to develop or adopt technology-neutral information technology infrastructure guidelines and standards for use by such departments to effectively select and utilize information technologies.
Requires the Under Secretary to assess the feasibility of consolidating various technology transition accounts into a unified effort managed by a senior DOD official. Repeals the requirement for a technology transition initiative.
Directs the Secretary to: (1) conduct a comprehensive assessment of certain DOD acquisition programs that are considered major systems to identify vulnerabilities in the supply chain of each program's information processing systems that potentially compromise the level of trust in such systems; (2) develop a strategy for ensuring trust in the supply chain for acquisition programs; (3) issue a policy requiring certain trusted systems to employ only trusted foundry services to fabricate their custom-designed integrated circuits; and (4) submit the assessment and strategy to the defense and appropriations committees.
Prohibits the obligation or expenditure of more than 70% of the RDT&E funds authorized for the enhanced AN/TPQ-36 radar system until the Secretary of the Army reports to the defense and appropriations committees describing the plan to transition the Counter-Rockets, Artillery, and Mortars program to a program of record.
Directs the Secretary and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) to: (1) assess a joint approach to the future development of vertical lift aircraft and rotorcraft for all military services; and (2) report assessment results to the defense and appropriations committees.
Authorizes funds for conventional prompt global strike capability development only for those activities expressly delineated in the expenditure plan for FY2008-FY2009 as required under the NDAA for Fiscal Year 2008 and submitted to the defense and appropriations committees, or those activities otherwise expressly authorized by Congress. Requires a report from the Secretary to such committees, concurrently with the President's budget for FY2010, concerning certain conventional prompt global strike concepts.
Authorizes the Secretary to establish a program, to be known as the Visiting NIH Senior Neuroscience Fellowship Program, at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency and the Defense Center of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury.
Operation and Maintenance - Subtitle A: Authorization of Appropriations -
Authorizes appropriations for FY2009 for operation and maintenance (O&M) for the Armed Forces and specified activities and agencies of DOD. Subtitle B: Environmental Provisions -
Authorizes the Secretary or Secretary of the military department concerned, when engaged in a military operation (including construction) that may or will result in an adverse impact to one or more protected wildlife habitat or species, to make payments to a conservation banking program or a federally approved "in-lieu-fee" mitigation sponsor.
Authorizes the Secretary to transfer specified funds to the Moses Lake Wellfield Superfund Site Special Account to reimburse the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for costs incurred in overseeing a remedial investigation and feasibility study performed by the Army.
Amends the Sikes Act to allow DOD cooperative agreement authority for the management of natural resources to include certain maintenance and improvement of natural resources located off of a DOD installation.
Requires the Secretary to: (1) make the RDT&E of technology related to unexploded ordnance detection a priority; and (2) accelerate the transition of promising detection instrument technology across DOD. Provides for the deployment of such technology and appropriate personnel training. Directs the Secretary to report to the defense committees concerning DOD activities undertaken for the transition to such technology.
Directs the Secretary to report to Congress a review of DOD policies concerning the sale and disposal of used motor vehicle lubricating oil, along with an evaluation of the feasibility and desirability of implementing policies to require closed loop recycling of used oil. Subtitle C: Workplace and Depot Issues -
Prohibits the duration of a public-private competition conducted pursuant to Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Circular A-76 or any other DOD function performed by DOD civilian employees from exceeding 540 days, commencing from the date that preliminary planning for such competition begins, and ending on the date a performance decision is rendered.
Requires the OMB Director to: (1) review the definition of "inherently governmental function" to ensure that only officers or employees of the federal government or members of the Armed Forces perform inherently governmental functions or other critical functions necessary for the mission of a federal department or agency; (2) develop a single definition that would address any deficiencies found; (3) provide criteria to ensure that officers, employees, or members holding such positions have sufficient expertise and technical capability to perform such inherently governmental or critical function; (4) take into account the final recommendations and related findings contained in the Final Report of the Acquisition Advisory Panel, and any other relevant reports or documents; and (5) report to specified congressional committees on actions taken.
Directs the Secretary to contract with an independent nonprofit entity or FFRDC for a study on the ability and efficiency of DOD depots to provide the logistics capabilities and capacity necessary for national defense. Requires: (1) an interim and final report from the entity or FFRDC chosen to the defense committees; and (2) the CG to review the final report and submit to such committees an assessment of the feasibility of the recommendations.
Requires the Secretary to develop guidelines for the establishment of a high-performing organization conducted through a business process reengineering initiative (with a prohibition on certain initiatives). Directs the Secretary or the Secretary concerned to: (1) submit to Congress a notification describing the assessment required for such guidelines; and (2) conduct, and submit to Congress, annual performance reviews of the participating organizations or functions under their jurisdiction.
Suspends, from the date of enactment of this Act through September 30, 2011, any study or public-private competition regarding the conversion to contractor performance of any DOD function performed by civilian employees.
Prohibits the Secretary of the Air Force from consolidating aircraft repair facilities and personnel of the active Air Force with such facilities and personnel of the Air National Guard until such Secretary consults with, and obtains the consent of, the National Guard Bureau. Requires a report from such Secretary to the defense committees on: (1) the criteria used to evaluate the feasibility of such consolidation; and (2) the findings of a Rand Corporation feasibility study on implementation of such consolidation.
Directs the Secretary of the Air Force, in determining which, if any, civilian personnel management functions may be appropriately consolidated under one command or in a central or regional location, to be guided by the anticipated positive or negative impact upon the productivity of the managed workforces at different commands and the impact upon mission accomplishment at such commands. Requires the analysis to be customized for each affected command. Prohibits the consolidation of specified functions with respect to Large Civilian Centers.
Requires a report from the Secretary of the Air Force to Congress on the effect of the reduction in firefighters on Air Force bases as a result of Air Force Program Budget Decision 720. Subtitle D: Energy Security -
Directs the Secretary, simultaneously with an annual report concerning DOD progress in meeting energy performance goals, to report to the defense and appropriations committees on operational energy management and the implementation of a required operational energy strategy.
Directs the Secretary, in the case of campaign analyses and force planning processes used to establish logistics capability requirements and inform acquisition decisions, to require that such analyses and processes consider the requirements for, and vulnerability of, fuel logistics and their relationship to operational capability. Requires the Secretary to: (1) develop and implement a methodology to enable the implementation of a fuel efficiency key performance parameter in the requirements development process; (2) require that the life-cycle cost analysis for new capabilities include the fully burdened cost of fuel during analysis of alternatives and evaluation of alternatives and acquisition program design trades; (3) prepare a plan for implementing the requirements of this section; (4) report to the defense and appropriations committees on progress made in implementing the requirements; and (5) within a three-year period after the enactment of this Act, certify to the such committees that the Secretary has complied with such requirements.
Directs the Secretary to study, and report to the defense and appropriations committees on, the feasibility of using solar energy to provide electricity at forward operating locations.
Directs the Secretary to study, and report to the defense and appropriations committees on, alternatives to reduce the life cycle emissions of coal-to-liquid fuels and potential uses of such fuels in meeting DOD's mobility energy requirements.
Amends the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 to provide an exception (with certain conditions) to the alternative fuel procurement requirement under such Act with respect to the purchase of a generally available fuel that is not an alternative or synthetic fuel or predominantly produced from a nonconventional petroleum source.
Directs the Secretary to study, and report to the defense and appropriations committees on, procedures and methods to measure and consider greenhouse gas emissions in the DOD acquisition process. Subtitle E: Reports -
Requires a report from the CG to the defense committees on the readiness of the regular and reserve components of the Armed Forces.
Directs the Secretary, at the same time as submission of the DOD budget for FY2010, to submit to the defense committees a plan to enhance the combat skills of Navy and Air Force personnel.
Requires a report from the CG to the defense committees on the use of Army Reserve and National Guard forces as an operational reserve.
Directs the CG to report to the defense committees on the link between the preparation and operational use of the Army's reserve forces.
Requires the CG to report to the defense committees on the adequacy of the funding, staffing, and organization of DOD's Military Munitions Response Program.
Directs the Secretary of the Navy to report to the defense and appropriations committees on the best option(s) for providing voyage repair capabilities to support all Navy ships operating at or near Guam. Subtitle F: Other Matters -
Extends through 2013 required reports concerning DOD compliance in meeting conditions prior to the obligation of funds for a defense business system modernization with a cost in excess of $1 million.
Requires the Secretary concerned to ensure that an item authorized to be loaned, given, or exchanged is demilitarized to the extent necessary to render the item unserviceable in the interest of public safety.
Repeals the requirement that the Secretary of the Air Force provide A-10 aircraft training and support to other military departments.
Directs the Secretary, at the same time as submission of the defense budget for FY2010 and thereafter, to submit to the President a consolidated budget justification display that covers all programs and activities of the Air Force Air Sovereignty Alert mission.
Expresses the sense of Congress that the Air Force should include full funding of the Air Sovereignty Alert mission in its baseline budget, and that the Air National Guard and such mission should be provided all necessary resources, personnel, and aircraft to support its mission now and in the future.
Requires the Secretary of the Air Force to revise its Air Freight Transportation Regulation Number 5, dated January 15, 1999, to conform with Defense Travel Regulations to ensure that freight covered by Regulation 5 is carried in accordance with commercial best practices based upon a mode-neutral approach.
Authorizes the Secretary of the Army to convey to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection three C-12 aircraft determined to be surplus to Army needs.
Earmarks specified FY2009 Joint Explosive Device Defeat Organization funds for the Irregular Warfare Support program.
Expresses the sense of Congress that the Secretary should: (1) in making decisions with respect to the procurement of munitions, develop methods to account for their full life-cycle costs; and (2) undertake a review of live-fire practices for the purpose of reducing unexploded ordnance and munitions-constituent contamination without impeding military readiness.
Limits the obligation of Air Force O&M funds for the Air Combat Command Management Headquarters until the Secretary certifies to the defense and appropriations committees that, by no later than February 3, 2009, the Future Year's Defense Plan will include funding for 76 commonly configured B-52 aircraft.
Directs the Secretary to take certain steps to ensure an increased capacity of military working dogs, and that such dogs are procured as efficiently as possible and at the best value while maintaining the necessary level of quality and encouraging domestic breeding.
Earmarks specified Army Reserve O&M funds for first term dental readiness and demobilization dental treatment.
Military Personnel Authorizations - Subtitle A: Active Forces -
Sets forth authorized end strengths for active-duty forces as of the end of FY2009.
Revises the permanent active-duty minimum end strength levels for the Army, Navy, Marine Corps, and Air Force. Subtitle B: Reserve Forces -
Sets forth authorized end strengths as of the end of FY2009 for members of the Selected Reserve and reserve personnel on active duty in support of the reserves.
Sets forth minimum end strengths for FY2009 for Army and Air Force dual status military technicians.
Provides a FY2009 limitation on the number of non-dual status Army and Air Force military technicians.
Sets, during FY2009, the maximum number of reserve personnel authorized to be on active duty for operational support.
Authorizes the President to waive any end strength limitation of reserve personnel authorized to be on active duty when a designation of a major disaster or emergency is in effect. Subtitle C: Authorization of Appropriations -
Authorizes appropriations for FY2009 for military personnel.
Military Personnel Policy - Subtitle A: Officer Personnel Policy Generally -
Requires that, in the calculation of years of active service for a regular Army warrant officer for mandatory retirement purposes, such calculation shall include only years of active service as a warrant officer.
Requires a commission or warrant for the promotion of a deceased member to a higher grade to include a certification by the Secretary concerned that, at the time of death, the member was qualified for appointment to the higher grade.
Allows the Secretary concerned, during the one-year period beginning on October 1, 2013, to reduce from ten to eight years the minimum required period of active service as a commissioned officer for voluntary retirement purposes.
Increases from 80 to 81 the authorized number of Marine Corps general officers on active duty. Subtitle B: Reserve Component Management -
Extends to the Secretary of the Air Force (currently, only to the Secretary of the Army) the authority to defer the mandatory separation of dual status military technicians.
Increases the authorized end strengths for Marine Corps Reserve officers on active duty in the grades of major and lieutenant colonel for the purpose of meeting force structure requirements.
Allows: (1) National Guard officers to be considered for promotion when ordered to or serving on active duty in support of a contingency operation; and (2) National Guard and reserve officers so serving to be considered for promotions outside the unit in which they are serving.
Allows reserve officers assigned to duties with the Selective Service System or as National Guard property and fiscal officers to be retained in active status until age 62 (currently, 60). Extends similarly such retention authority with respect to certain reserve officers serving in the grades of major, lieutenant colonel, colonel, or brigadier general.
Authorizes the Secretaries of the Army or Air Force to retain reserve officers in the grade of lieutenant general beyond the mandatory retirement age for years of service, up until the officer becomes 66.
Authorizes the Secretary concerned to retain until age 68 National Guard and reserve chaplains and officers serving in health profession specialties.
Directs the Secretary of the Navy to: (1) conduct a study of procedures used by the Marine Corps Reserve during FY2001-FY2008 for the movement of personnel in and out of the Individual Ready Reserve; and (2) report study results to the defense and appropriations committees. Subtitle C: Joint Qualified Officers and Requirements -
Revises provisions concerning joint duty requirements for promotion to a general or flag officer position to reflect changes made under the Warner Act. Makes technical, conforming, and clerical changes to joint specialty terminology, including references to a joint qualified officer in lieu of a joint specialty officer.
Requires officers to be joint qualified in order to be appointed to grade O-7. Revises joint officer promotion objectives to recognize joint experience from any venue.
Conforms provisions concerning length of joint duty assignments to reflect changes made under the Warner Act.
Authorizes the JCS Chairman to exempt up to three (currently, one) reserve general and flag officers on the JCS from general and flag officer end strength limits.
Requires: (1) officer service as an adjutant general of a state National Guard to be treated as joint duty experience for purposes of possible assignment or promotion; (2) the Chief of the National Guard Bureau to report to the JCS Chairman and Congress as to which duty of National Guard officers in the Joint Force Headquarters of a state National Guard should qualify as joint duty experience; (3) the JCS Chairman to report to Congress on joint education courses available through DOD for the pursuit of joint careers by officers; (4) the Commanders of the United States Northern and Pacific Commands and the Chief of the National Guard Bureau to enter into a memorandum of understanding setting forth their operational relationships and individual roles and responsibilities during responses to domestic emergencies; and (5) the Secretary to review, and report to the defense committees on, the DOD role in defense of the homeland. Subtitle D: General Service Authorities -
Increases from six to eight years the maximum authorized reenlistment term.
Authorizes the Secretary concerned to establish a pilot program under which an officer or enlisted member may be released from active duty for a maximum three-year period to meet personal or professional needs, transferred to the Ready Reserve during such absence, then returned to active duty after the agreed-upon period. Limits participation to 20 officers and 20 enlisted members per year. Requires the member to serve at least two months for every month of program participation. Continues during program participation the officer's or member's entitlement to military medical and dental care, but suspends promotion eligibility. Reduces basic pay, and suspends special and incentive pays, during such period. Allows the program to be conducted from January 1, 2009, through December 31, 2014. Subtitle E: Education and Training -
Makes permanent (currently terminates after the 2007-2008 academic year) the authority of the Secretaries of the Navy and Air Force to increase by up to 100 per year (with a total limit of 4,400) the annual enrollment of midshipmen and cadets at their respective military academies.
Permits students, officers, and representatives of a foreign country to attend a U.S. military academy for periods of up to two weeks if determined that such attendance will contribute significantly to the development of foreign language, cross-cultural interactions and understanding, and cultural immersion of cadets or midshipmen.
Limits to Level I of the Executive Schedule the authorized compensation for the President of the Naval Post Graduate School, and limits the aggregate compensation (salary, bonuses, allowances, etc.) to the salary authorized for the Vice President of the United States.
Increases from 25 to 125 the number of defense industry employees authorized to receive instruction at any one time at the Naval Post Graduate School.
Requires servicemembers to complete their service obligations under honorable conditions in order to qualify for educational assistance for reserve personnel supporting contingency operations.
Conforms the maximum limits for education loan repayment programs for reserve health professionals to the maximum limits authorized for active-duty health professionals.
Directs the Secretary to: (1) develop and implement a plan to establish and support 4,000 Junior Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC) units not later than FY2020; (2) work with local educational agencies to increase the employment in Junior ROTC units of retired military members, especially those wounded or injured while deployed in a contingency operation; and (3) report to the defense and appropriations committees upon completion of the support plan. Requires each department Secretary to develop and implement a segment of the Junior ROTC curriculum that includes the contribution and defense historiography of gender- and ethnic-specific groups.
Authorizes the Secretary of the Army to correct, and make any necessary payments in connection with, amounts of Army College Fund benefits to which members or former members may be entitled under an Army Incentive Program contract.
Revises provisions authorizing the following officials to confer appropriate degrees upon graduates of such institutions: (1) the President of the National Defense Intelligence College; (2) the President of the National Defense University; (3) the Commandant of the United States Army Command and General Staff College; (4) the Commandant of the United States Army War College; (5) the President of the Naval Post Graduate School; (6) the President of the Naval War College; (7) President of the Marine Corps University; and (8) the commander of Air University. Requires: (1) the Secretary of Education to recommend approval of the degree to be conferred; (2) accreditation of the curriculum leading to such degree; and (3) the Secretary of Defense to notify the defense committees with respect to each degree-granting authority under this section.
Authorizes the Secretary concerned to enter into partnerships with educational institutions to improve the accessibility and flexibility of college courses available to eligible members of the Armed Forces. Subtitle F: Military Justice -
Requires the Staff Judge Advocate to the Commandant of the Marine Corps to serve in the grade of major general.
Deems as a standing order the issuance of a military protective order by a military commander until: (1) the allegation prompting the protective order is resolved by investigation, courts martial, or other command-determined adjudication; or (2) the military commander issues a new order.
Requires the commander of a military installation to notify the appropriate civilian authorities in the event that a military protective order is issued against a member and any individual involved in the order does not reside on a military installation.
Directs the Secretary to implement a centralized, case-level database for the collection and maintenance of information regarding sexual assaults involving a member of the Armed Forces. Requires the: (1) Secretary to submit to the defense and appropriations a database implementation plan; and (2) database to be used to develop sexual assault-related reports to Congress as required under various defense authorization Acts and federal armed forces provisions. Subtitle G: Decorations, Awards, and Honorary Promotions -
Authorizes the Secretary concerned to replace, on a one-time basis and without charge, a military decoration upon request of the recipient or the immediate next-of-kin of a deceased recipient.
Authorizes and requests the President to award the Medal of Honor to former Chief Master Sergeant Richard L. Etchberger for acts of valor during the Vietnam War.
Entitles Brigadier General Charles E. Yeager, United States Air Force (retired), to the rank of major general while on the retired list of the Air Force.
Authorizes and requests the President to appoint Rear Admiral Wayne E. Meyer, United States Navy (retired), to the grade of vice admiral on the retired list of the Navy.
Directs the Secretary concerned to award the Vietnam Service Medal to veterans who participated in the Mayaguez rescue operation of May 12-15, 1975.
Authorizes the Secretary of the Army to retroactively award the Army Combat Action Badge to any previously unrecognized Army veteran who participated in combat with the enemy during the period beginning on December 7, 1941, and ending on September 18, 2001. Subtitle H: Impact Aid -
Earmarks specified DOD O&M funds for assistance to: (1) local educational agencies that benefit dependents of military personnel and DOD civilian employees; and (2) schools with enrollment changes due to base closures, force structure changes, or force relocations.
Amends the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 to allow local educational agencies that are heavily impacted by base closures and force structure changes to use the current school year student population (currently, the previous year's population) to determine the appropriate amount of impact aid funding. Subtitle I: Military Families -
Authorizes DOD to provide a burial flag to a surviving spouse, or remarried surviving spouse, of a military decedent if the person authorized to direct the disposition of remains is someone other than a spouse.
Authorizes the Secretary to establish programs to provide tuition assistance and other support to spouses of members for pursuing education and/or training that expands employment and career opportunities.
Expresses the sense of Congress that the Secretaries concerned should provide honor guard details for the funerals of veterans. Subtitle J: Other Matters -
Allows the President to use units and members of the reserves (including the Coast Guard Reserve) as part of federal aid for state governments, enforcing federal authority, and responding to major public emergencies.
Requires that payments of claims resulting from the decision of a board of correction of military records to set aside a conviction by court-martial include interest calculated from the date of conviction to the date the payment is made. Specifies the rate of interest to be used. Applies this section to any decision to set aside a court-martial made on or after October 1, 2007.
Extends through December 31, 2010, a limitation on the reduction of personnel of agencies responsible for the review and correction of military records.
Permits the President to authorize the Secretary, and the Secretary of Homeland Security with respect to the Coast Guard when not operating as a service for the Navy, to order any unit or member of the reserves to active duty for a major disaster or emergency.
Establishes the Senior Military Leadership Diversity Commission to study, and report to the President and Congress on, diversity within the senior leadership of the Armed Forces, with a goal toward the advancement of minority members to such positions. Terminates the Commission 60 days after submission of such report.
Provides that, in case of a member with minor dependents who has a spouse who is also a member, and the spouse is deployed in an area for which imminent danger pay is authorized, the member may request a deferment of deployment to such an area until the spouse returns from such deployment.
Authorizes additional appropriations (with a corresponding offset) to carry out honor functions at military funerals.
Compensation and Other Personnel Benefits - Subtitle A: Pay and Allowances -
Waives any FY2009 pay increases tied to increases in the General Schedule of Compensation for government employees. Increases by 3.9%, effective January 1, 2009, the rates of basic pay for military personnel.
Makes permanent (currently, ends on December 31, 2008) the prohibition on charges for meals received at military medical treatment facilities by members receiving continuous care for an injury, illness, or disease incurred in or aggravated by service in Operations Iraqi Freedom or Enduring Freedom or other designated combat zone.
Makes the housing standard used in the calculation of the basic allowance for housing for noncommissioned officers in the grade of E-8 the same as the standard used for noncommissioned officers in the grade of E-9.
Increases from $180 to $290 per day the maximum authorized reimbursement for temporary lodging expenses in connection with a permanent change of station.
Requires the Secretary concerned to pay one member of a married couple, both of whom are members who reside together with dependents, a full family separation allowance, and the other member one-half of such allowance, when both members are simultaneously assigned to duty under the following conditions: (1) permanent duty stations where dependents are not authorized; (2) deployed ships for more than 30 days; or (3) temporary duty away from the member's permanent duty station for more than 30 days.
Authorizes a member who accepts an appointment or reappointment as an officer without a break in service to retain the pay and allowances to which the member was entitled to in the previous grade if it is more than the pay and allowances to which the member is entitled in the new position.
Extends through 2009 the authority for income replacement payments (matching of civilian compensation) for reserve members experiencing extended and frequent mobilization for active-duty service.
Requires pay raises for members during FY2010-FY2013 to be one-half of one percent higher than the raise calculated for private sector employees through the use of the Employment Cost Index. Subtitle B: Bonuses and Special and Incentive Pays -
Extends through 2009 specified authorities currently scheduled to expire at the end of 2008 with respect to certain special pay and bonus programs within the regular and reserve Armed Forces.
Increases the maximum bonus and stipend amounts authorized for nurse officer candidates.
Allows nuclear officer incentive pay agreements to be of any duration beyond a minimum of three years. (Currently, such agreements allow for a three, four, or five-year period.)
Makes technical amendments to various provisions to conform to changes in special and incentive pays adopted in the NDAA for Fiscal Year 2008.
Authorizes the Secretary concerned to pay a skill proficiency bonus of up to $12,000 annually to a member enrolled in an officer training program who is also in training to acquire proficiency in a critical foreign language or expertise in foreign cultural studies. Includes certain Senior ROTC members under the bonus program. Directs the Secretary to conduct a pilot program through 2013 to provide a skill proficiency bonus to a reserve member in an active status while such member participates in an education or training program to acquire such proficiency or expertise.
Designates qualified psychologists, registered nurses, and other mental health practitioners as the Secretary concerned may designate as critically-short wartime specialties for which individuals in such professions will be eligible for a health professions bonus of up to $100,000 for each 12-month period of obligated service for which they agree to serve in an active status in the reserves. Terminates such designation at the end of FY2010. Subtitle C: Travel and Transportation Allowances -
Authorizes an increased weight allowance for the shipment of household goods during permanent changes in station for noncommissioned officers in pay grades E-5 through E-9.
Authorizes an additional 200 pounds in such weight allowance when shipping materials associated with employment or community support volunteer or charity activities of a member's spouse.
Entitles a member, in connection with an evacuation from a permanent station in a foreign area, to the transportation of up to two family household pets. Subtitle D: Retired Pay and Survivor Benefits -
Requires that the calculation of retired pay for reserve members who are retired or placed on the temporary disability retired list be based on the member's total years of service in lieu of active duty years of service when the retirement is based on a disability incurred under circumstances for which the member was awarded the Purple Heart.
Authorizes surviving spouses or former spouses who previously transferred their Survivor Benefit Plan (SBP) annuity to a child or children to reclaim the annuity after the termination of a marriage if the child or children are no longer eligible for the annuity due to loss of their dependent status, death, or other cause.
Extends to the survivors of members who die while serving on active duty the receipt of a special survivor indemnity allowance for persons affected by a required SBP annuity offset due to the concurrent receipt of dependency and indemnity compensation.
Authorizes reserve personnel who serve in an active reserve status in the Selected Reserve for at least two years after becoming eligible for active-duty retirement to elect a non-regular retirement for which they are qualified. Authorizes the Secretary concerned to reduce the two-year service requirement for members recalled to serve as an adjutant or assistant adjutant general within the National Guard if the member serves at least six months in such position. States that a reserve member shall be deemed to have attained retirement eligibility after meeting all qualifying criteria without regard to whether the member actually retired or received retired or retainer pay.
Provides a recomputation of retired pay and adjustment of retired grade of reserve members to reflect post-retirement service.
Requires the Secretary to determine if the phased elimination of the two-tier SBP annuity computation and related Supplemental Survivor Benefit Plan resulted in some annuitants receiving a smaller annuity than they would have if the two-tier system had not been eliminated, and, if so, to restore the annuity to the higher amount.
Prohibits the Secretary concerned from presuming deceased a military retiree missing in Iraq or Afghanistan after August 1, 2007, until the earlier of seven years after the person was missing or the date the death is confirmed and a death certificate is delivered to the next of kin. Requires monthly retired pay to be resumed and any retired pay that may have been due following the declaration of the presumption of death to be retroactively paid to the family of the retiree.
Makes eligible for disability retired pay and separation pay after January 1, 2000, a cadet or midshipman who was discharged or released from an enlisted grade in order to accept an appointment as a cadet or midshipman. Subtitle E: Commissary and Nonappropriated Fund Instrumentality Benefits and Operations -
Provides for the use of surcharge proceeds derived from initiatives that provide reserve members, retired members, and other members eligible for commissary benefits, but without access to commissary stores, improved access through the use of mobile services and equipment.
Extends through 2013 a moratorium on studies to compare the cost-effectiveness of commissary operations employing federal vs. private employees.
Authorizes the use of appropriated funds to purchase and maintain specialized golf carts to accommodate persons with disabilities, and the use of such carts on DOD golf courses where such carts can be safely operated.
Directs the Secretary to establish a Resale Activities Review Board to determine whether material sold or rented, or proposed to be sold or rented, on DOD property is sexually explicit and therefore barred from sale or rental. Requires the Board to meet within one year after appointment of its members.
Prohibits a military exchange store or DOD nonappropriated fund instrumentality (NFI) from purchasing for resale any military decorations, ribbons, badges, medals, insignia, or other uniform accouterments not produced in the United States. Provides exceptions when: (1) a satisfactory quality and quantity cannot be procured; or (2) purchase outside the United States is in the best interest of members. Requires congressional notification when an exception is exercised.
Authorizes the Secretary to pay post or cost of living allowances to an NFI employee who is a U.S. citizen and is or was employed in a full-time position outside the continental United States between December 1, 2001, and December 31, 2011.
Directs the Secretary to: (1) conduct a study evaluating the propriety, patron convenience, and financial utility of including wine and beer as authorized commissary merchandise; and (2) report study results to Congress. Subtitle F: Other Matters -
Authorizes the Secretary of the Army to pay a recruitment referral bonus to a civilian who has completed a training course provided by the Secretary concerning procedures to recruit individuals for enlistment in the Army.
Provides that the estate of a member who dies other than as a result of the member's misconduct, or is retired or separated due to disability, shall not be required to repay any portion of a previously-paid bonus or similar benefit. Requires the full amount of any such bonus or benefit to be paid within 90 days of such death, retirement, or separation. Authorizes the Secretary concerned to continue payment of any unpaid portion of such a bonus or benefit when such Secretary determines that imposition of the repayment or termination requirements would be contrary to a personnel policy or management objective, against equity and good conscience, or contrary to the best interests of the United States.
Requires the Secretary to develop, maintain in handbook form, and periodically update a comprehensive description of the compensation and other benefits to which a member and his or her family would be entitled upon the member's separation or retirement due to a serious injury or illness. Requires the Secretary concerned to provide the appropriate handbook to each member, or his or her representative, as soon as practicable following such injury or illness.
Directs the Secretary to provide for a program under which postal benefits (in the form of free vouchers) are provided to members who are: (1) serving in Iraq or Afghanistan; or (2) hospitalized at a military medical facility as a result of a disease or injury incurred as a result of such service. Outlines program requirements and limitations, including voucher and mailing limits. Provides program funding.
Health Care Provisions - Subtitle A: Improvements to Health Benefits -
Extends through FY2009 the prohibition against increasing the charges for: (1) premium and copayments under TRICARE (a DOD managed health care program) Prime; and (2) premiums under TRICARE Standard for members of the reserves.
Limits to specified amounts during FY2009 the copayments for generic, formulary, and nonformulary drugs provided through the TRICARE retail pharmacy program.
Prohibits the Secretary concerned from converting any military medical or dental position to a civilian medical or dental position on or after October 1, 2008. Restores to a military medical or dental position any position previously converted to a civilian medical or dental position, but not filled by a civilian, beginning on October 1, 2004, and ending on September 30, 2008.
Directs the Secretary to provide chiropractic services for members entitled to medical care under the Civilian Health and Medical Program of the Uniformed Services (CHAMPUS). Authorizes the Secretary to conduct one or more demonstration projects to provide such care to deployed personnel.
Requires the Secretary to recalculate TRICARE Standard premiums based on actual cost data.
Directs the Secretary to: (1) develop a plan to establish a program to build cooperative health care arrangements and agreements between military installations projected to grow and local and regional non-military health care systems; and (2) report annually to the defense committees on program results.
Requires the Secretaries of Defense and Veterans Affairs, before a facility may be designated a combined DOD-VA medical facility, to issue a signed agreement that specifies a binding operational agreement on the following areas: (1) patient priority categories; (2) budgeting; (3) staffing; (4) construction; and (5) physical plant management.
Directs the Secretary to: (1) conduct a demonstration project to assess the feasibility and efficacy of providing a behavioral health care provider locator and appointment assistance service to reserve members; and (2) report to the defense and appropriations committees a plan to implement the project, regular project updates, and a final project evaluation. Terminates project authority at the end of FY2011. Subtitle B: Preventive Care -
Directs the Secretary to waive all copayments for TRICARE beneficiaries other than Medicare-eligible beneficiaries who currently pay for preventive services. Allows the Secretary to refund copayments of Medicare-eligible beneficiaries.
Directs the Secretary to: (1) conduct a three-year demonstration project to evaluate the efficacy of providing incentives to encourage healthy behaviors on the part of eligible military health system beneficiaries; and (2) annually, during the project's duration, evaluate the project and report to the defense committees on its effectiveness in improving health risk measures of participants.
Requires the Secretary to: (1) establish a smoking cessation program under the TRICARE program, to be made available to all TRICARE beneficiaries who are not Medicare-eligible; (2) submit to the defense and appropriations committees a program implementation plan; and (3) report to such committees on such program. Provides program funding.
Directs the Secretary, during the period beginning on January 1, 2009, and ending on December 31, 2011, to conduct a demonstration project to evaluate the efficacy of providing an annual preventive health services allowance to members serving on active duty for more than 30 days who meet medical and dental readiness requirements. Limits project participation to 1,500 from each service branch. Provides for an annual allowance of $500 for members without dependents and $1,000 for members with dependents. Requires the Secretary to: (1) specify the types of preventive health services that may be procured through the use of such allowance; (2) monitor and record the health of members receiving the allowance and their dependents; and (3) report to Congress in 2010 and 2012 on project status. Subtitle C: Wounded Warrior Matters -
Directs the Secretary to establish within DOD a center of excellence in the prevention, diagnosis, mitigation, treatment, and rehabilitation of hearing loss and auditory system injury incurred by members while serving on active duty. Requires: (1) collaboration with the Secretary of Veterans Affairs, institutions of higher education, and other appropriate public and private entities in the carrying out of center responsibilities; (2) the center to establish a registry of information for the tracking of center patients, to be known as the Hearing Loss and Auditory System Injury Registry; (3) the coordination of center care and benefits with the VA's National Center for Rehabilitative Auditory Research and the auditory system impairment services of the Veterans Health Administration; and (4) the Secretaries of Defense and Veterans Affairs to jointly ensure the utilization of Registry information by appropriate DOD and VA hearing specialist personnel.
Amends the NDAA for Fiscal Year 2008 to allow for the treatment of all military eye injuries (currently, only eye injuries incurred in combat) at the center of excellence in the prevention, diagnosis, mitigation, treatment, and rehabilitation of military eye injuries.
Requires the Secretary to designate a National Casualty Care Research Center to consist of the program known as the combat casualty care research program at the Army Medical Research and Materiel Command. Outlines Center activities, including a public-private partnership for funding clinical and experimental studies in combat injury and a full spectrum of combat injury research and evaluation. Provides Center funding.
Directs the Secretary to establish a research program within the Defense Health Program's research and development function to conduct peer-reviewed medical research at military and civilian institutions designed to develop scientific information aimed at saving injured extremities, avoiding amputations, and preserving and restoring the function of injured extremities. Requires a program report from the Secretary to Congress. Terminates the program at the end of FY2013.
Directs the Secretary to: (1) review policies and processes for the delivery of mail intended as measures of support and addressed generally (without specific names) to wounded and injured members in military medical treatment facilities and other locations where members are treated and rehabilitated; and (2) report to the defense committees on review results and ongoing and projected actions to correct or modify such policies and processes.
Requires the Secretary to: (1) conduct a two-year demonstration project to assess the feasibility and efficacy of providing a face-to-face post-deployment mental health screening between a member and a mental health care provider; and (2) submit to the defense and appropriations committees an implementation plan and an interim and final project report. Subtitle D: Other Matters -
Directs the Secretary to report to the defense and appropriations committees on the exercise of the authority to pay a stipend for certain reserve members for maintaining health care coverage for dependents with special health care needs.
Requires the Secretary to report to such committees a plan for including autistic dependents of military retirees in the Extended Care Health Option (ECHO) program.
Directs the Secretary to ensure that autistic dependents enrolled in the ECHO program are eligible to receive a minimum of $5,000 per month for autistic therapy services. Expresses the sense of Congress that the Secretary should ensure that the process for determining eligibility for such services is conducted in an expeditious manner and without delay. Requires the Secretary to study, and report to the defense committees on, autistic therapy services in DOD.
Requires a report from the Secretary to Congress on measures to implement recommendations in the report entitled "Review of the Toxicologic and Radiologic Risks to Military Personnel from Exposure to Depleted Uranium During and After Combat."
Directs the Secretary to study and report to the defense and appropriations committees on mental health risks associated with the performance of military duties.
Requires the CG to: (1) review DOD implementation of recommendations made by the Department of Defense Task Force on Mental Health to ensure a full continuum of psychological health services and care for members and their families; and (2) report review results to the defense and appropriations committees.
Authorizes the provision of certain military transitional health care for members separated from active duty who agree to become members of the Selected Reserve of the Ready Reserve.
Acquisition Policy, Acquisition Management, and Related Matters - Subtitle A: Acquisition Policy and Management -
Requires the Secretary of the Air Force, not later than ten days after a ruling by the World Trade Organization (WTO) that either or both the United States or the European Union (or any associated entity of either) has provided illegal subsidies to a manufacturer of large commercial aircraft, to begin a review of the impact of such subsidies on the source selection for the KC-45 aerial refueling aircraft program. Requires review completion within 90 days after the WTO ruling. Directs such Secretary, if necessary after the review, to take corrective measures to ensure that the effect of such subsidies is removed and the KC-45 source source selection process is fair to all offerors.
Directs the Secretary to: (1) commission a study and report by a FFRDC to assess the effectiveness of DOD processes for the generation of urgent operational need requirements, as well as the acquisition processes used to fulfill such requirements; and (2) submit study and report results to the defense and appropriations committees.
Requires the Secretary to issue guidance requiring that all unique tooling associated with the production of hardware for a major defense acquisition program (MDAP) be preserved and stored through the end of the service life of the item associated with the MDAP.
Prohibits the Secretary from contracting for the procurement of goods or services from any foreign person to which the government of a foreign country that is a member of the WTO has provided a subsidy if the United States has requested consultation with that foreign country on the basis that the subsidy is a prohibited subsidy and either: (1) the dispute before the WTO has not been resolved; or (2) the WTO has ruled that the subsidy is a prohibited subsidy under the Agreement on Subsidies and Countervailing Measures. Provides additional prohibition applicability with respect to: (1) joint ventures, partnerships, or other cooperative agreements of which that foreign person is a member; and (2) subcontracts and task or delivery orders under such a contract. Provides prohibition exceptions, including contracts under an MDAP that has received Milestone B approval as of the date of enactment of this Act. Authorizes the President to waive such prohibition under a determination that failure to waive would result in a significant and imminent threat to national security. Continues such prohibition until the illegal subsidies dispute is resolved.
Directs the Secretary to: (1) prescribe regulations regarding the application of a domestic industrial base evaluation factor during source selection for a MDAP; and (2) notify the defense and appropriations committees at least 30 days before the issuance of a request for proposal for any MDAP that will not use a domestic industrial base evaluation factor during the source selection process.
Requires the Secretary to ensure that contracting officials identify and evaluate, at all stages of the acquisition process, opportunities for the use of commercial software and, if practicable, use such software instead of developing new software.
Directs the Secretary to prescribe regulations regarding the comprehensive evaluation of a proposal for a MDAP for which a significant proportion of the research, design, development, manufacturing, assembly, or test and evaluation will be performed outside the United States. Requires such regulations to apply to any subcontractor performing a significant portion of any such work. Subtitle B: Amendments to General Contracting Authorities, Procedures, and Limitations -
Authorizes the Secretary, until the end of FY2012, to: (1) designate any category of acquisition positions within DOD as shortage category positions; and (2) utilize expedited hiring authorities to recruit and appoint highly qualified persons to such positions.
Defines the term "system" for purposes of the Defense Acquisition Challenge program.
Directs the Secretary to require the Secretary of each military department and the Under Secretary (with respect to certain defense agencies and activities) to establish procedures and issue guidance to ensure the proper development, assignment, and employment of members in the acquisition field to achieve specified defense acquisition objectives, including the appropriate use of military personnel in contingency contracting. Requires the Secretary to: (1) establish for each military department a minimum number of billets (positions) for acquisition personnel that are reserved for general and flag officers; and (2) ensure that a portion of such billets involve command of organizations primarily focused on contracting. Requires annual implementation reports from the military department Secretaries and the Under Secretary.
Directs the Secretary to issue policy guidance with respect to the use of an agreement not subject to the Federal Acquisition Regulation (non-FAR agreement) for the development of a major weapon system or item of personnel protective equipment. Requires: (1) the guidance to address the interests and rights of the United States and a party to such an agreement in technical data developed under the agreement; (2) whenever practicable, a non-FAR agreement to contain appropriate provisions related to technical data; (3) the program manager for a major weapon system or item of personnel protective equipment so developed to assess the long-term technical data needs of such system or item; and (4) a report from the Secretary to the defense committees on the implementation of this section.
Amends the Office of Federal Procurement Policy Act to state that cost accounting standards established under such Act apply regardless of whether a contract or subcontract is performed inside or outside the United States. Subtitle C: Provisions Relating to Inherently Governmental Functions -
Directs the: (1) Secretary to develop a standard policy aimed at preventing personal conflicts of interest by employees of DOD contractors that is similar to the DOD policy aimed at preventing such conflicts by DOD civilian employees; and (2) Department of Defense Panel on Contracting Integrity (established under the Warner Act) to make recommendations on the feasibility of applying certain procurement integrity rules to employees of DOD contractors to include rules related to improper business practices, personal conflicts of interests, and related matters.
Requires the Secretary to develop guidance on the exact meaning, and appropriate DOD use, of personal service contracts.
Allows a function that is a product support integrator function to be performed only by a member of the Armed Forces or DOD employee.
Requires current regulations concerning contractors performing private security functions to be modified to ensure that private security contractors are not authorized to perform inherently governmental functions in an area of combat operations. Directs the Secretary to: (1) issue supplementary guidance describing functions that should not be performed because they constitute inherently governmental functions; (2) periodically review private security functions in areas of combat operations to ensure conformity with such requirements; and (3) report to the defense committees, during each of 2009 through 2011, on the results of the most recent review. Subtitle D: Defense Industrial Security -
Sets forth new provisions concerning defense industrial security. Prohibits a DOD contractor from being granted custody of classified information unless the contractor has a facility clearance. Sets forth facility clearance requirements, including the safeguarding of classified information in its possession and compliance with all DOD security agreements, contract provisions, and relevant regulations. Directs the Secretary to require an entity with a facility clearance to require the directors on its board of directors to ensure that the entity employs and maintains policies and procedures to meet DOD's general requirements for facility clearances. Authorizes the Secretary to waive clearance requirements for national security reasons, but to notify the defense committees of each waiver. Outlines requirements relating to security management and management responsibilities of entities with facility clearances. Requires an entity with a facility clearance to report to the Secretary any event that affects the status of the clearance, the safeguarding of classified information, or the entity's compliance with DOD security agreements, contracts, or regulations.
Directs the Secretary, before granting a facility clearance to an entity, to determine whether the entity is under foreign ownership control or influence (FOCI), i.e., the foreign interest has the power to direct or decide matters affecting the management or operations of that entity that may result in unauthorized access to classified information, an adverse impact on the performance of classified contracts, or an adverse affect on the entity's compliance with DOD security agreements, contracts, or regulations. Outlines FOCI factors. Authorizes the Secretary, if an entity with a facility clearance is determined to be under FOCI, to take appropriate mitigation measures, including the establishment within the entity of a Government Security Committee, to ensure entity compliance with DOD security agreements, contracts, or regulations. Requires appropriate mitigation measures to be agreed to within six months after a FOCI determination. Requires the: (1) Secretary to revoke an entity's facility clearance if there exists the possibility of unauthorized access to classified information or an adverse security effect; (2) entity to notify the Secretary when any material FOCI change occurs; and (3) entity to notify the Secretary when entering into a proposed merger, acquisition, or takeover by a foreign person.
Directs the Secretary to notify the defense committees within 30 days after the: (1) revocation or suspension by the Secretary of a facility clearance of an entity determined to be under FOCI; or (2) receipt by the Secretary of a notification that the entity has entered into negotiations for a proposed merger, acquisition, or takeover by a foreign person. Requires biannual reports from the Secretary to the defense committees concerning entities holding facility clearances, FOCI mitigation measures in place, the suspension or revocation of facility clearances, and related matters. Directs the Secretary to study and report to Congress on investments in entities holding clearances under this Subtitle. Subtitle E: Other Matters -
Provides for the determination of government rights in the design of DOD vessels, boats, and craft, and components thereof.
Authorizes the Secretary of: (1) Defense to register and license trademarks belonging to defense agencies and defense field activities; and (2) Homeland Security to retain fees from the licensing of intellectual property owned and controlled by the Coast Guard when not operating as a service in the Navy.
Rearranges federal provisions concerning certifications of milestone decisions for MDAPs so that provisions requiring certification of a Milestone A decision precedes provisions requiring certification of a Milestone B decision.
Directs the Secretary to study, and report to the defense committees on, weaknesses in DOD earned value management data and implementation.
Requires the Secretary to report to the defense committees on market research conducted with respect to the acquisition of commercial items in the DOD procurement of supplies and services.
Requires the Secretary concerned to submit to the defense and appropriations committees, in connection with MDAP baseline descriptions, a system development and demonstration benchmark report for each of the following MDAPs: (1) BAMS, broad area maritime surveillance unmanned aerial vehicle; (2) CSAR-X, combat search and rescue helicopter; (3) JLTV, joint light tactical vehicle; (4) KC-45A, aerial refueling tanker; (5) VH-71, presidential helicopter, increment II; and (6) Warrior-Alpha, unmanned aerial vehicle. Directs the Under Secretary to establish a Configuration Steering Board for each such MDAP, to oversee any proposed alteration to requirements or to technical configurations during system development and demonstration. Requires the Secretary concerned to submit to the defense and appropriations committees a semiannual report on each identified MDAP in their department. Prohibits Milestone C approval of any such MDAP if the milestone decision authority makes certain determinations on cost increases or delays in the schedule for key events, but allows the Under Secretary to waive such prohibition in the best interests of DOD.
Amends the NDAA for Fiscal Year 2008 to include additional situations in which contractors performing security functions in areas of combat operations are required to file incident reports.
Directs the Secretary to submit to the defense and appropriations committees a: (1) report detailing how 60mm and 81mm munitions used by the Armed Forces are procured, including from non-domestic sources; and (2) plan to develop a domestic producer for such munitions.
Requires: (1) the Secretary to develop requirements relating to crimes of violence committed by or against contractor personnel during the performance of defense contracts in Iraq or Afghanistan or areas supporting the U.S. mission in such countries; (2) contractors to report such offenses allegedly perpetrated by or against contractor personnel; and (3) the Secretary to make publicly available a numerical accounting of such offenses.
Directs the Secretary to: (1) adopt an acquisition strategy for insurance (required by the Defense Base Act) which minimizes DOD cost; (2) report to specified congressional committees on the strategy adopted; and (3) review and update such strategy at least every three years.
Requires that, in all carriage contracts in which a fuel-related adjustment is provided, the Secretary shall require the motor carrier, broker, or freight forwarder providing or arranging truck transportation or service using fuel for which it does not bear the cost to pay the fuel adjustment amount to the person who does bear the fuel cost. Requires the carrier's fuel adjustment amount to be made publicly available.
Requires FAR to be revised to require each contract awarded by DOD to include a clause prohibiting the contractor from performing the contract using a subsidiary or subcontractor that is a foreign shell company if such company will perform the work using U.S. citizens or permanent U.S. residents.
Department of Defense Organization and Management - Subtitle A: Department of Defense Management -
Adds to authorized functions and activities of the special operations command.
Directs the Secretary to designate: (1) a single executive agent for irregular warfare; and (2) an Assistant Secretary of Defense responsible for management and coordination of irregular warfare.
Requires the special operations commander to submit to the defense and appropriations committees a plan relating to personnel management of special operations forces.
Establishes a Director of Operational Energy Plans and Programs in the Department of Defense to, among other things, conduct oversight and manage operational energy plans for DOD and the military departments and establish the operational energy strategy. Requires each military department Secretary to designate a senior department official responsible for operational energy plans and programs, to coordinate with the Director and implement operational energy strategy initiatives. Requires the Director to review and make recommendations to the Secretary regarding all budgetary and financial matters relating to operational energy strategy.
Requires the Assistant Secretary of each military department responsible for acquisition, technology, and logistics to designate a department employee as the corrosion control and prevention executive, with specified duties.
Requires that the Director of the Defense Business Transformation Agency report only to the DOD Deputy Chief Management Officer.
Directs the Secretary to: (1) prepare a strategic plan for enhancing the role of the National Guard and reserves; and (2) report to the defense committees on such plan.
Redesignates: (1) the Department of the Navy as the Department of the Navy and Marine Corps; and (2) as appropriate the Secretary and other statutory offices within the Department.
Directs the Secretary to provide the House Armed Services Committee with any information or data requested by the Committee so that it can review the national defense strategy, force structure, force modernization plans, infrastructure, budget plans, and other elements of defense policies and programs with a view toward determining and expressing the defense strategy of the United States and establishing a defense program for the next 20 years, as well as preparing for the upcoming Quadrennial Roles and Missions Review and Quadrennial Defense Review. Subtitle B: Space Activities -
Extends through FY2010 a pilot program for the provision of space surveillance network services to non-U.S. government entities.
Requires the Secretary to: (1) conduct an assessment to determine a recommended investment and acquisition strategy for commercial satellite capabilities; and (2) report assessment results to the defense and appropriations committees. Subtitle C: Chemical Demilitarization Program -
Amends the NDAA for Fiscal Year 1993 to transfer responsibilities for the Chemical Demilitarization Citizens Advisory Commissions in Colorado and Kentucky from the Secretary of the Army to the Program Manager for Assembled Chemical Weapons Alternatives.
Prohibits the Secretary, during FY2009, from transporting hydrolysate from the Pueblo Chemical Depot, Colorado, to an off-site location for treatment, storage, or disposal. Requires a report from the Secretary to the defense and appropriations committees on hydrolysate stockpiled at the Pueblo site. Subtitle D: Intelligence-Related Matters -
Makes technical changes: (1) necessitated by the redesignation of the National Imagery and Mapping Agency as the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency; and (2) arising from enactment of the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004. Subtitle E: Other Matters -
Requires (current law authorizes) the Secretary to establish a School of Nursing within the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences. Directs that the School: (1) be established no later than July 1, 2010; and (2) be organized to graduate 25 students with a bachelor of science in nursing in the first class no later than June 30, 2012, not less than 50 in the second class, and not less than 100 annually thereafter. Authorizes the Secretary to conduct a demonstration project to encourage retired military nurses to serve as faculty at civilian nursing schools. Outlines eligibility requirements and compensation provisions for such retired nurses. Provides nursing school scholarships for nurse officer candidates. Requires a report from the Secretary to the defense and appropriations committees on the demonstration project.
Allows DOD funds available for DOD regional centers for security studies for FY2009 and thereafter to be used for programs that begin in one fiscal year and end in the next. Authorizes the Secretary, with the concurrence of the Secretary of State, to waive required reimbursement for participation in such regional centers for nongovernmental and international organization personnel who participate in activities that enhance cooperation with U.S. Armed Forces, if the Secretary determines that it is in the U.S. national security interests. Requires an annual report from the Secretary to the defense committees on the extent of nongovernmental and international organization participation in the programs of each regional center.
Expresses the sense of Congress that: (1) the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation (WHINSEC) is one of the most effective that the United States has to build relationships with future leaders throughout the Western Hemisphere, influence the human rights records and democracy trajectories of countries in the Western Hemisphere, and mitigate the growing influence of non-hemispheric powers; (2) WHINSEC is succeeding in its mission of providing professional education and training to eligible military personnel, law enforcement officials, and civilians in nations of the Western Hemisphere that support the democratic principles set forth in the Charter of the Organization of American States; and (3) WHINSEC is an invaluable education and training facility which DOD should continue to utilize.
Requires a report from the Secretary to the defense and appropriations committees describing the development assistance activities carried out by the United States Southern Command during FY2008 and planned for FY2009, along with a certification that such activities will not have adverse affects on military missions or resources or be unnecessarily duplicative to related activities carried out by other federal departments or agencies. Prohibits the obligation or expenditure of more than 90% of the funds authorized for the Southern Command for FY2009 until 30 days after such certification is received.
Authorizes the use of specified Navy O&M funds to establish, develop, and maintain nonconventional assisted recovery capabilities upon a determination by a combatant commander that an action is necessary in connection with a nonconventional assisted recovery effort. Requires an annual report from the Secretary to the defense and appropriations committees on support provided. Provides specific limitations on foreign assistance activities.
Requires a report from the Secretary to Congress describing progress made to address certain deficiencies in the United States Northern Command identified in a CG report. Directs the commander of such Command to coordinate with its federal interagency partners to ascertain requirements for plans, training, equipment, and resources in support of homeland defense, domestic emergency response, and military support to civil authorities.
Requires the: (1) Chief of the National Guard Bureau to report to the Secretary concerning DOD funding for National Guard resource requirements; and (2) the Secretary to submit such report to Congress, along with comments.
General Provisions - Subtitle A: Financial Matters - (Sec. 1001) Authorizes the Secretary, in the national interest, to transfer up to $4 billion of the amounts made available to DOD in this Act between any such authorizations for that fiscal year, with limitations. Requires congressional notification of each transfer. (Sec. 1002) Requires that, for any annual or supplemental DOD budget request beginning with FY2010, the Secretary shall set forth separately any funding requested for any U.S. operations or other activities concerning: (1) Afghanistan; and (2) Iraq. (Sec. 1004) Provides a one-time reduction in payment in September 2013 (followed by a full refund one month later) in retirement payments from the Department of Defense Military Retirement Fund. Directs the Secretary to transfer $40 million from the National Defense Stockpile Transaction Fund to the Miscellaneous Receipts Fund of the Treasury to offset estimated costs arising under the DOD pharmacy benefits program. (Sec. 1005) Requires: (1) expenditures charged to DOD purchase cards to be independently received, accepted, or verified by an authorized official; and (2) appropriate inventory and property systems to be updated promptly in response to expenditures related to pilferable property. Subtitle B: Policy Relating to Vessels and Shipyards - (Sec. 1011) Authorizes the Secretary of the Navy to convey to Gulf Copper Ship Repair the floating drydock AFDL-23, located in Aransas Pass, Texas (such company being the current drydock lessee), under the condition that such drydock remain at its current location until the end of FY2010. (Sec. 1012) Requires a report from the Secretary of the Navy to the defense committees any time it is determined that a naval vessel is to undergo repair work outside the United States or Guam. (Sec. 1013) Amends the NDAA for Fiscal Year 2008 to require (as a policy) that amphibious assault ships with displacements greater than 15 thousand tons be constructed with integrated nuclear power systems. (Sec. 1014) Amends provisions concerning the National Defense Sealift Fund to: (1) remove the authority of the Secretary to obligate or expend Fund amounts for any purpose not authorized by law; and (2) include as DOD sealift vessels only those vessels specifically authorized by Congress to be funded by the Fund. (Sec. 1015) Directs the Secretary of the Navy to report to the defense and appropriations committees on contributions to the domestic market for steel and other metals from the scrapping of each vessel over 50,000 tons displacement stricken from the Naval Vessel Register but not yet disposed of by the Navy. Subtitle C: Counter-Drug Activities - (Sec. 1021) Amends the Floyd D. Spence National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2001 (Spence Act) to continue through 2009 a reporting requirement regarding DOD expenditures to support foreign counter-drug activities. (Sec. 1022) Amends the NDAA for Fiscal Year 2004 to extend through FY2009 DOD authority for joint task forces to provide support to law enforcement agencies conducting counterterrorism activities. (Sec. 1023) Amends the Ronald W. Reagan National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2005 (Reagan Act) to extend through FY2009: (1) DOD authority to support unified counter-drug and counterterrorism campaigns in Colombia; and (2) a limitation on the number of U.S. military and federally-funded civilian contractor personnel there. (Sec. 1024) Amends the NDAA for Fiscal Year 1998 to: (1) extend through FY2009 DOD authority to provide additional support to counter-drug activities of specified countries; (2) add to the countries authorized for such support Guinea-Bissau, Senegal, and Ghana; and (3) increase the FY2009 funding limit. (Sec. 1025) Directs the Secretary to submit to the defense and appropriations committees a comprehensive DOD strategy for counternarcotics efforts in: (1) Africa, with an emphasis on West Africa and the Maghreb; and (2) the South and Central Asian regions. Subtitle D: Boards and Commissions - (Sec. 1031) Directs the Secretary to establish a Strategic Communication Management Board, to be chaired by the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy, to advise the Secretary on strategic direction and to help establish priorities for strategic communication activities. (Sec. 1032) Amends the NDAA for Fiscal Year 2008 to: (1) extend to 2009 certain report requirements of the Congressional Commission on the Strategic Posture of the United States; and (2) require an interim Commission report on December 1, 2008. (Sec. 1033) Amends the Spence Act concerning the establishment of the Commission to Assess the Threat to the United States from Electromagnetic Pulse (EMP) Attack to: (1) extend Commission operation through March 31, 2012; (2) require annual Commission reports in 2010-2012; (3) allow up to $3 million per year for Commission activities; and (4) add two new Commission members. Subtitle E: Studies and Reports - (Sec. 1041) Requires the: (1) Secretary to report to the defense committees on corrosion control and prevention in weapons systems and equipment; and (2) CG to review such report and report review results to such committees. (Sec. 1042) Requires the Secretary to: (1) conduct a study on using modular airborne firefighting systems in federal responses to wildfires; and (2) report study results to the defense and appropriations committees. (Sec. 1043) Directs the Secretary and the JCS Chairman to jointly: (1) carry out a study on DOD rotorcraft survivability; and (2) report study results to the defense and appropriations committees. (Sec. 1044) Requires the: (1) Secretary to contract with an independent FFRDC to study policies, procedures, organization, and regulatory constraints affecting the acquisition of technologies supporting network-centric operations; (2) JCS Chairman to concurrently carry out a comprehensive study on such matters; and (3) Secretary to report both studies' results to the defense and appropriations committees. (Sec. 1045) Directs the Secretary to: (1) conduct a review of non-strategic weapons worldwide; and (2) report to Congress on review findings and recommendations. (Sec. 1046) Requires DOD to study the national defense implications of provisions of the NDAA for Fiscal Year 2008 providing a terrorism exception to the jurisdictional immunity of foreign states. (Sec. 1047) Directs the Secretary to report to the defense and appropriations committees on steps taken to ensure that all DOD contractors performing work on Guam comply with local tax and licensing requirements. (Sec. 1048) Requires the Secretary to: (1) carry out a study to evaluate procedural and physical options for introducing into the nuclear weapons launch procedures of the United States, Russia, China, and any other strategically appropriate nations a time-delay before a launch command can be executed that would be transparent to and verifiable by the other nations; and (2) report study results to the defense and appropriations committees. Subtitle F: Congressional Recognitions - (Sec. 1051) Expresses the sense of Congress that the Honorable Duncan Hunter, Representative from California, has discharged his official duties with integrity and distinction, has served the House of Representatives and the American people selflessly, and deserves the sincere and humble gratitude of Congress and the nation. (Sec. 1052) Expresses the sense of Congress that the Honorable Jim Saxton, Representative from New Jersey, has discharged his official duties with integrity and distinction, has served the House of Representatives and the American people selflessly, and deserves the sincere and humble gratitude of Congress and the nation. (Sec. 1053) Expresses the sense of Congress that the Honorable Terry Everett, Representative from Alabama, has served the House of Representatives and the American people selflessly, and deserves the sincere and humble gratitude of Congress and the Nation.
Civilian Personnel Matters - (Sec. 1101) Authorizes the head of an agency to waive the limitation on premium pay for federal employees for any service performed in 2009 overseas within the area of responsibility of the commander of the United States Central Command in direct support of, or directly related to: (1) a military operation, including a contingency operation; or (2) an operation in response to an emergency declared by the President. Prohibits such employee's total basic and premium pay from exceeding $212,100. (Sec. 1102) Extends through FY2014: (1) DOD authority to make lump-sum severance payments to employees being involuntarily separated; and (2) the authority for a DOD employee to volunteer to be separated in order to protect another employee from being separated under a reduction-in-force. (Sec. 1105) Authorizes the Secretary to designate any category of health care position within DOD as a shortage category (thereby permitting expedited hiring authority). Terminates such authority at the end of FY2012. (Sec. 1106) Authorizes the Secretary and the Secretaries concerned to exceed the limitation on DOD and military department office personnel and staff by no more than 5% above the baseline limitation for each of FY2009 and thereafter, if necessary to accommodate workload increases or to modify the type of personnel required to accomplish the work. Requires an annual report from the Secretary to the defense and appropriations committees concerning such adjustments. (Sec. 1107) Amends the Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Act for Defense, the Global War on Terror, and Hurricane Recovery, 2006 to authorize the head of a federal agency, during FY2009-FY2011, to grant allowances, benefits, and gratuities comparable to those provided to members of the Foreign Service to such agency's civilian employees performing official duty in a combat zone. (Sec. 1108) Prohibits the Secretary from issuing a notice of furlough that impacts substantial portions of the DOD civilian workforce during a contingency operation until the Secretary has certified to the defense committees that there is no other legal measures to avoid such furlough. (Sec. 1109) Authorizes the Secretary, through 2013, to utilize direct hire authority for scientific and engineering positions within certain defense laboratories. Limits such hires to 2% of the total number of positions at such laboratory. (Sec. 1110) Amends the NDAA for Fiscal Year 2008 to direct the Secretary to report annually to the defense committees on the status of defense laboratory personnel demonstration projects.
Matters Relating to Foreign Nations - Subtitle A: Assistance and Training - (Sec. 1201) Amends the NDAA for Fiscal Year 2008 to extend through FY2010 the authority to build the capacity of the Pakistan Frontier Corps. (Sec. 1202) Allows funds available in FY2009 and thereafter for the following to be used for programs that begin in such fiscal year but end in the next fiscal year: (1) DOD military-to-military contacts and other activities; and (2) the payment of incremental expenses for participation of developing countries in combined military exercises. (Sec. 1204) Amends the Warner Act to: (1) add two elements to a reporting requirement concerning the lending of military equipment to foreign nations for personnel protection and survivability; and (2) extend such lending authority through FY2010. (Sec. 1205) Amends the Warner Act to extend through FY2009 the authority for the distribution to certain foreign personnel of education and training materials and information technology in order to enhance military interoperability. (Sec. 1206) Amends the NDAA for Fiscal Year 2006 to: (1) allow funds available in FY2009 and thereafter for capacity-building of foreign military forces to be used for programs that begin in such fiscal year but end in the next fiscal year; and (2) extend the capacity-building authority through FY2010. (Sec. 1207) Amends the NDAA for Fiscal Year 2006 to extend through FY2010 DOD authority for the provision of security and stabilization assistance to foreign countries. (Sec. 1208) Authorizes the Secretary to expend up to $35 million per fiscal year to support foreign forces, groups, or individuals engaged in supporting or facilitating ongoing military operations by U.S. special operations forces to combat terrorism. Requires the Secretary to: (1) notify the defense and appropriations committees within 48 hours after the use of such authority; and (2) report annually to such committees on the support provided. (Sec. 1209) Increases from $25 million to $35 million the annual authorized funding for the regional defense combating terrorism fellowship program. Subtitle B: Matters Relating to Iraq and Afghanistan - (Sec. 1211) Prohibits the use of any funds to: (1) establish any military installation or base for providing for the permanent stationing of U.S. Armed Forces in Iraq; or (2) exercise U.S. control over Iraq oil resources. (Sec. 1212) Requires the President to: (1) report to the foreign relations and defense committees on the status of military forces agreements between the United States and Iraq; and (2) provide an update whenever such an agreement is entered into or revised. (Sec. 1213) Directs the President to: (1) establish a strategy to ensure that U.S.-led provincial reconstruction teams (PRTs) in Iraq are supporting the operational and strategic goals of coalition forces in Iraq; (2) establish measures of effectiveness and performance in meeting PRT-specific work plans in furtherance of such strategy; and (3) report quarterly to the defense, appropriations, and foreign relations committees on strategy implementation. (Sec. 1214) Amends the NDAA for Fiscal Year 2006 to increase the FY2008-FY2009 funding level for the Commanders' Emergency Response Program (DOD urgent humanitarian relief and reconstruction in Iraq). Prohibits the amount obligated in FY2009 for such Program from exceeding twice the amount obligated by Iraq during FY2008 under the Government of Iraq Commanders' Emergency Response Program. Authorizes the Secretary to waive such prohibition when necessary to meet urgent and compelling needs. Requires congressional notification of any such waiver. (Sec. 1215) Requires the President to: (1) develop and implement a system to monitor the performance of U.S.-led PRTs in Afghanistan; and (2) report to the defense, appropriations, and foreign relations committees on system implementation. (Sec. 1216) Expresses the sense of Congress that the command and control structure for military forces operating in Afghanistan, which consist of NATO International Security Assistance forces and separate U.S. forces operating under Operation Enduring Freedom, should be modified to better coordinate and de-conflict military operations and achieve unity of command and effort. Requires a report from the Secretary to the defense and foreign relations committees on such command and control structure. (Sec. 1217) Amends the NDAA for Fiscal Year 2008 to include the foreign relations committees within a required notification by the Secretary of the use of coalition support funds for payment to Pakistan for the provision of logistical, military, or other support to the United States. (Sec. 1218) Directs the Secretary to conduct a study of, and report to the defense and foreign relations committees on, appropriate staffing and funding for Iraqi police training teams. (Sec. 1219) States as the policy of the United States to ensure that any agreement between the United States and Iraq relating to the legal status of U.S. military personnel in Iraq or access to military bases in Iraq includes measures requiring the provision of support by Iraq for U.S. Armed Forces stationed there. (Sec. 1220) Prohibits any agreement between the United States and Iraq that obligates the United States to respond to internal or external threats against Iraq unless such agreement is: (1) in the form of a treaty requiring the advice and consent of the Senate; or (2) specifically authorized by an Act of Congress enacted after the enactment of this Act. (Sec. 1221) Requires the President to submit to Congress an estimate of the long-term costs of Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom. Subtitle C: Other Matters - (Sec. 1221) [sic] Authorizes the Secretary to pay travel and other expenses of defense personnel of developing foreign countries in connection with multilateral (currently, only bilateral or regional) defense cooperation programs. Allows funds available for such programs for FY2009 and thereafter to be used for programs that begin in that fiscal year but end in the next fiscal year. (Sec. 1222) Amends the Warner Act to extend through FY2009 DOD authority to participate in multinational military centers of excellence. Provides the authorized amount of FY2009 funding. Extends related reports. (Sec. 1223) Prohibits the obligation or expenditure of DOD funds from FY2009 or thereafter for classified work between DOD and a foreign-owned company if that company or any affiliate thereof is engaged with China in the development, manufacture, or launch of a satellite of which no component or technical information is subject to export controls under the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (an ITAR-free satellite). Provides an exception for national security purposes. Requires the Secretary to: (1) study the implications of imposing such a limitation; and (2) provide study results to the defense and appropriations committees. Directs the Secretary to suspend any such limitation until after the Secretary has completed the study and reported its results. (Sec. 1224) Requires the Director of National Intelligence to submit to Congress an update of the National Intelligence Estimate entitled "Iran: Nuclear Intentions and Capabilities." (Sec. 1225) Directs the Secretaries of Defense and State to jointly establish and operate a temporary program to offer employment as translators, interpreters, or cultural awareness instructors to individuals who: (1) are Iraqi nationals lawfully present in the United States; and (2) worked, for at least 12 months since 2003, as translators in Iraq for the U.S. Armed Forces or other U.S. federal agency. Provides funding. Terminates the program on December 31, 2014.
Cooperative Threat Reduction - (Sec. 1301) Specifies the cooperative threat reduction (CTR) programs to be funded through O&M funds provided under this Act. Makes funds appropriated for such purpose available for three fiscal years. Allocates such funds among specified CTR programs. Prohibits such funds from being used for purposes other than those specified until 30 days after the Secretary reports to Congress on the new purposes. Provides limited authority to vary allocated amounts in the national interest, after congressional notification.
Other Authorizations - Subtitle A: Military Programs - (Sec. 1401) Authorizes appropriations for DOD for FY2009 for: (1) Defense Working Capital Funds; (2) the National Defense Sealift Fund; (3) the Defense Health Program; (4) chemical agents and munitions destruction; (5) drug interdiction and counter-drug activities; and (6) the Defense Inspector General. Subtitle B: National Defense Stockpile - (Sec. 1411) Authorizes the National Defense Stockpile (NDS) Manager, during FY2009, to obligate up to $41.153 million of the funds in the National Defense Stockpile Transaction Fund (Fund) for authorized Fund uses, including the disposition of hazardous materials that are environmentally sensitive. Authorizes the NDS Manager to obligate amounts in excess of such amount 45 days after notifying Congress that extraordinary or emergency conditions necessitate the additional obligations. (Sec. 1412) Amends the Strom Thurmond National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 1999 to revise NDS asset sale goals and prior-year disposal authority. Subtitle C: Armed Forces Retirement Home - (Sec. 1421) Authorizes appropriations for FY2009 for the Armed Forces Retirement Home. Subtitle D: Inapplicability of Executive Order No. 13457 - (Sec. 1431) Makes Executive Order No. 13457 ("Protecting American Taxpayers from Government Spending on Wasteful Earmarks") or any successor thereto inapplicable to this Act or the joint explanatory statement accompanying this Act.
Authorization of Additional Appropriations for Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom - (Sec. 1502) Authorizes appropriations for DOD for FY2009 to provide additional funds for Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom, specifically for: (1) procurement; (2) the Rapid Acquisition Fund; (3) the Joint Improvised Explosive Device Defeat Fund; (4) RDT&E; (5) O&M; (6) the Defense Health Program; (7) drug interdiction and counter-drug activities; (8) the Iraq Security Forces Fund; (9) the Afghanistan Security Forces Fund; (10) military personnel; and (11) the Mine Resistant Ambush Protected Vehicle Fund. (Sec. 1508) Prohibits the obligation of more than 50% of the funds authorized for the Joint Improvised Explosive Devices Defeat Organization until the Organization reports to the defense and appropriations committees describing its investment strategy for science and technology. (Sec. 1516) Authorizes the Secretary, in the national interest, to transfer up to $4 billion of the amounts made available to DOD in this title between any such authorizations for that fiscal year, with limitations. (Sec. 1517) Treats amounts authorized by this title as in addition to amounts otherwise authorized by this Act.
Reconstruction and Stabilization Civilian Management - Reconstruction and Stabilization Civilian Management Act of 2008 - (Sec. 1604) Amends the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961 to authorize the President, if in the U.S. national interest, to furnish assistance in stabilizing and reconstructing a country or region that is in, or is in transition from, conflict or civil strife. Requires specified pre-notification by the President before making assistance available. Limits: (1) program authority to FY2009-FY2011; and (2) annual fiscal year expenditures to $200 million. (Sec. 1605) Amends the State Department Basic Authorities Act of 1956 to establish within the Department of State an Office of the Coordinator for Reconstruction and Stabilization, with specified duties and functions. Authorizes the Secretary of State (Secretary, for purposes of this title) to establish: (1) a Response Readiness Corps (containing an active and standby component consisting of trained U.S. government personnel, including State Department and USAID employees) to provide stabilization and reconstruction activities in foreign countries or regions that are at risk, in, or are in transition from, conflict or civil strife; and (2) a volunteer Civilian Reserve Corps for such activities (authorizes such individuals' employment and training). Prohibits the establishment and deployment of any Civilian Reserve Corps from substantively impairing state and local capacity and readiness. Authorizes FY2007-FY2010 appropriations. Directs the Secretary to ensure the use of existing State Department and USAID training and education programs. (Sec. 1606) Authorizes: (1) the Secretary or the head of any U.S. agency, with respect to agency personnel, to extend to any individual assigned or deployed under this Act certain death gratuity, training, and travel benefits that are provided to Foreign Service members; and (2) the Secretary to accept detailees or assignments from other agencies and state or local employees on a reimbursable or non-reimbursable basis. (Sec. 1607) Directs the Secretary to develop an interagency strategy to respond to reconstruction and stabilization operations. (Sec. 1608) Directs the Secretary to report annually (for six years) to the foreign relations committees respecting implementation of this Act. Division B: Military Construction Authorizations - Military Construction Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2008 - (Sec. 2002) Terminates all authorizations contained in Titles XXI through XXVI, and Title XXIX of this Act on October 1, 2011, or the date of enactment of an Act authorizing funds for military construction for FY2012, whichever is later, with an exception. Title XXI [sic]: Army - (Sec. 2101) Authorizes the Secretary of the Army to acquire real property and carry out military construction projects in specified amounts at specified installations and locations. Authorizes such Secretary to construct or acquire family housing units, carry out architectural planning and design activities, and improve existing military family housing in specified amounts. Authorizes appropriations to the Army for fiscal years after 2008 for military construction, land acquisition, and military family housing functions of the Army. Limits the total cost of construction projects authorized by this title. (Sec. 2105) Amends the Military Construction Authorization Act (MCAA) for Fiscal Year: (1) 2008 to decrease the amount authorized for construction projects at Hawthorne Army Ammunition Plant, Nevada, Fort Drum, New York, and Fort Bliss, Texas; and (2) 2007 to decrease the amount authorized for construction projects at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, and Vicenza, Italy. (Sec. 2107) Extends certain prior-year military construction projects. Title XXII: Navy - (Sec. 2201) Provides, with respect to the Navy, authorizations paralleling those provided for the Army under the previous title. (Sec. 2205) Amends the MCAA for Fiscal Year: (1) 2005 to increase the amount authorized for a construction project at the Strategic Weapons Facility Pacific, Bangor, Washington; and (2) 2007 to increase the amount authorized for construction projects at the NMIC/Naval Support Activity, Suitland, Maryland, and the Naval Air Station, Whidbey Island, Washington. (Sec. 2207) Prohibits the Secretary of the Navy from issuing a decision on homeporting additional surface ships at Naval Station Mayport, Florida, until 30 days after submitting a report to Congress analyzing the socio-economic impacts and an economic justification on each location from which a vessel is proposed to be removed for homeporting at the Mayport station. Title XXIII: Air Force - (Sec. 2301) Provides, with respect to the Air Force, authorizations paralleling those provided for the Army under Title XXI. (Sec. 2305) Extends certain prior-year military construction projects. Title XXIV: Defense Agencies - Subtitle A: Defense Agency Authorizations - (Sec. 2401) Authorizes the Secretary to acquire real property and carry out military construction projects in specified amounts at specified installations and locations. Authorizes the Secretary to carry out certain energy conservation projects. Authorizes appropriations for fiscal years after 2008 for military construction, land acquisition, and military family housing functions of DOD. Limits the total cost of construction projects authorized by this title. (Sec. 2404) Amends the MCAA for Fiscal Year: (1) 2007 to increase the amount authorized for a construction project at Fort Detrick, Maryland; (2) 2005 to strike an authorized project at the Naval Air Station, Oceana, Virginia; and (3) 2006 to extend an authorized project in New Cumberland, Pennsylvania. Subtitle B: Chemical Demilitarization Authorizations - (Sec. 2411) Authorizes the Secretary to acquire real property and carry out a chemical demilitarization military construction project at the Blue Grass Army Depot, Kentucky, in a specified amount. Authorizes appropriations for fiscal years after 2008 for military construction and land acquisition for chemical demilitarization. (Sec. 2413) Amends the MCAA for Fiscal Year: (1) 1997 to increase the amount authorized for a chemical demilitarization project at the Pueblo Army Depot, Colorado; and (2) 2000 to increase the amount authorized for such a project at the Blue Grass Army Depot, Kentucky. Title XXV: North Atlantic Treaty Organization Security Investment Program - (Sec. 2501) Authorizes the Secretary to make contributions for the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Security Investment Program and authorizes appropriations for fiscal years after 2008 for such Program. Title XXVI: Guard and Reserve Forces Facilities - (Sec. 2601) Authorizes the Secretary concerned to acquire real property and carry out military construction projects for the National Guard and reserves. (Sec. 2606) Authorizes appropriations for fiscal years after 2008 for National Guard and reserve forces for acquisition, architectural and engineering services, and construction of facilities. (Sec. 2607) Extends certain prior-year National Guard and reserve military construction projects. Title XXVII: Base Closure and Realignment Activities - Subtitle A: Authorizations (Sec. 2701) Authorizes appropriations for fiscal years after 2008 for military base closure and realignment activities authorized under the Defense Base Closure and Realignment Act of 1990 and funded through the Department of Defense Base Closure Account 1990. (Sec. 2702) Authorizes the Secretary to carry out base closure and realignment activities authorized under the above Act and funded through the Department of Defense Base Closure Account 2005. Authorizes appropriations for fiscal years after 2008 for such purpose. Subtitle B: Amendments to Base Closure and Related Laws - (Sec. 2711) Amends the above Act to: (1) repeal the procedural process used by the Defense Base Closure and Realignment Commission to arrive at recommendations for base closures and realignments; and (2) revise related reporting requirements. (Sec. 2713) Makes technical corrections regarding the authorized cost and scope of work variations for military construction and family housing projects carried out in connection with base closure and realignment activities. Subtitle C: Other Matters - (Sec. 2721) Prohibits the Secretary from commencing the closure of Walter Reed Army Medical Hospital, or continuing construction at the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland, and Fort Belvoir, Virginia, of replacement facilities beyond that necessary to complete the foundations of such facilities, until seven days after the Secretary has certified to the defense and appropriations committees that all conditions of this section have been met. Directs the Secretary to replace the conceptual design prepared for the new National Military Medical Center at the National Naval Medical Center with a design certified as at least 90% complete. Prohibits the Secretary from delegating design preparation responsibility to the prime contractor selected for construction of the facility. Requires the: (1) Cost Analysis Improvement Group of DOD to prepare an independent cost estimate of the total cost to be incurred to close Walter Reed, design and construct replacement facilities at the National Naval Medical Center and Fort Belvoir, and relocate operations to the replacement facilities; (2) Secretary to submit such cost estimate to the defense and appropriations committees as soon as possible; and (3) Secretary to complete and submit to such committees a milestone schedule for such closure and replacement facilities, along with a transition-of-operations plan. (Sec. 2722) Requires a report from the Secretary to the defense and appropriations committees evaluating the feasibility of using military installations selected for closure as locations for the construction of petroleum or natural gas refineries or nuclear power plants. Title XXVIII: Military Construction General Provisions - Subtitle A: Military Construction Program and Military Family Housing Changes - (Sec. 2801) Provides a definition of "life-cycle cost-effective" for purposes of inclusion with analyses of proposed military construction projects. Requires the Secretary concerned, in determining the scope of a proposed project, to submit to the President appropriate recommendations regarding the incorporation and inclusion of life-cycle cost-effective practices as an element in the proposed documents submitted to Congress in connection with a fiscal year defense budget. (Sec. 2802) Amends the MCAA for Fiscal Year 2004 to extend through FY2009 DOD authority to use O&M funds for construction projects outside the United States. (Sec. 2803) Increases from $18,620 to $35,000 the maximum authorized per unit amount for Army family housing leases. (Sec. 2804) Authorizes the Secretary concerned to: (1) use unneeded military family housing for members without dependents, without rental charge; and (2) convert a military family housing lease into a long-term lease of military unaccompanied housing. Prohibits the latter conversion until 21 days after the Secretary notifies the defense and appropriations committees. Applies the authority under this section to the Build to Lease program under the MCAA, 1984. (Sec. 2805) Authorizes the Secretary of a military department to lease military family housing in the National Capital Region to the person serving as the Secretary of Defense while the person so serves. Provides a rental rate. (Sec. 2806) Repeals a reporting requirement with respect to installation vulnerability assessments. (Sec. 2807) Revises military housing privatization authorities to: (1) require DOD to partner with the family housing developer; (2) require 100% performance and payment bonds from the entity acquiring or constructing housing units; (3) require a competitive process for the conveyance or lease of housing property; (4) repeal the authority to assign members to family housing acquired or constructed under alternative authority; and (5) require an additional report concerning the maintenance and repair of privatized general and flag officer quarters. (Sec. 2808) Requires the Secretary to submit in connection with the annual DOD budget a report on best practices for the execution of housing privatization initiatives. Subtitle B: Real Property and Facilities Administration - (Sec. 2812) Revises separate military department and defense agency authority to lease non-excess property to: (1) establish a single authority for both; (2) limit all leases to 50 years; (3) prohibit leasebacks with annual payments in excess of $500,000; (4) require that the Secretary or Secretary concerned specifically determine the property to be non-excess; and (5) require the Secretary to notify the defense and appropriations committees at least 30 days before entering into such a lease, describing the agreement reached with the local municipality on taxation as well as the proposed lessee payment. Repeals separate defense agency authority with respect to such leases. (Sec. 2813) Authorizes the Secretary concerned to convey all U.S. rights and interest to utility system infrastructure to an entity to which a utility system has been conveyed if the infrastructure will be used as part of the system. Allows the Secretary to: (1) use other-than-competitive procedures in making such conveyance; and (2) provide funds to the entity for construction, repair, or replacement of the supporting infrastructure, in return for a reduction in charges for utility services. (Sec. 2814) Authorizes the Secretary concerned to contract for the procurement of refuse collection and disposal services for a military installation from a county or municipal government in the area in which the installation is located. Allows such Secretary, under certain conditions, to use other-than-competitive procedures in entering into such a contract. Requires the Secretary concerned to provide 14 days' advance notice of any such contract to the defense and appropriations committees. Terminates a related pilot program under the Reagan Act. (Sec. 2815) Directs the Secretary to: (1) conduct a needs assessment if it is determined that a DOD action will cause a significant transportation impact to access to a military reservation; and (2) report to the defense, appropriations, and transportation committees any significant impacts resulting from DOD actions since January 1, 2005. (Sec. 2816) Authorizes the Secretary and the Secretaries concerned to make every reasonable effort to acquire real property expeditiously by negotiation. Prohibits any such Secretary from being precluded from acquiring property from willing sellers so long as the property offered meets the requirements of Secretary-approved real property acquisition plans. Subtitle C: Provisions Related to Guam Realignment - (Sec. 2821) Establishes in the Treasury the Guam Defense Policy Review Initiative Account for carrying out DOD financial transactions in connection with the realignment of military installations and the relocation of military personnel on Guam. Requires an annual report from the Secretary to Congress on each military construction project included in the budget submission for the next fiscal year related to such realignment or relocation. (Sec. 2822) Expresses the sense of Congress that the: (1) Special Purpose Entity established to assist in the provision of military family housing in connection with such realignment and relocation should be operated in the manner provided for public-private ventures under the DOD privatized family housing initiative, using joint ventures between U.S. and Japanese private firms; and (2) utility funding associated with the entity should be consolidated with the local civilian infrastructure to maximize effectiveness of the overall utility system. (Sec. 2823) Expresses the sense of Congress that the Secretary should enter into a memorandum of understanding with Guam to identify, before a realignment and relocation, local funding requirements for civilian infrastructure development and other needs related to the realignment and relocation. (Sec. 2824) Requires the CG to report to Congress on the status of interagency coordination through the Interagency Group on Insular Areas of budgetary requests to assist the government of Guam with its budgetary requirements related to the realignment of military forces on Guam. (Sec. 2825) Directs the Secretary, with respect to all new military construction projects on Guam and military housing related to the realignment of military forces on Guam, to incorporate design criteria promulgated in the Leadership and Energy and Environmental Design Green Building Rating System, as developed by the United States Green Building Council, to achieve not less than the silver standard. Requires the Secretary to establish a goal for the use of renewable energy sources on all Guam military installations. (Sec. 2826) Requires the DOD Inspector General to report to the defense and appropriations committees on efforts to address potential waste and fraud associated with the realignment of military forces on Guam. (Sec. 2827) Makes the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands eligible for DOD funds for military base reuse studies and community planning assistance. (Sec. 2828) Requires DOD military construction contracts for Guam to comply with federal prevailing wage requirements. (Sec. 2829) Authorizes the Secretary of Transportation to establish a Port of Guam Improvement Enterprise Program for the planning, design, and construction of projects for the Port of Guam to improve facilities, relieve port congestion, and provide greater access to port facilities. Establishes in the Treasury the Port of Guam Improvement Enterprise Fund. Authorizes appropriations. Subtitle D: Energy Security - (Sec. 2841) Requires that, if a proposed enhanced use lease involves a DOD project related to energy production and the lease term exceeds 20 years, the Secretary concerned may not enter into the lease until 30 days after certifying to the defense and appropriations committees that the lease is consistent with DOD performance goals and plans. (Sec. 2842) Requires an annual DOD report concerning installations energy management to include a description of progress made to meet certification requirements for sustainable green-building standards in construction and major renovations. Subtitle E: Land Conveyances - (Sec. 2851) Directs the Secretary of the Navy to convey to the redevelopment authority (RA) for the former Naval Air Station, Alameda, California, the real and personal property comprising the Station (with exceptions). (Sec. 2852) Authorizes the Secretary of the Air Force to convey to the city of Norwalk, California, approximately 10 acres of the Norwalk Defense Fuel Supply Point, for recreational purposes. (Sec. 2853) Requires the Secretary of the Navy to convey to the RA for the former Naval Station, Treasure Island, California, those portions still retained by the Navy as well as personal property and related utilities and improvements thereon. (Sec. 2854) Provides a lease condition with respect to the former Naval Air Station, Barbers Point, Hawaii. (Sec. 2855) Authorizes the Secretary of the Army to convey to the city of Springfield, Ohio, the Sergeant First Class M.L. Downs Army Reserve Center in Springfield, for municipal government activities. (Sec. 2856) Authorizes the Secretary of the Army to convey to the state of Tennessee the John Sevier Range in Knox County, Tennessee, for a public firing range and associated recreational activities. (Sec. 2857) Authorizes the Secretary of the Interior to convey to the state of Utah certain lands withdrawn for military use and known as Camp Williams, Utah, for National Guard or national defense purposes. (Sec. 2858) Authorizes the Secretary of the Army to convey to the state of Utah on behalf of the Utah National Guard two parcels of real property within Camp Williams, to be used for Utah National Guard defense mission purposes. (Sec. 2859) Authorizes the Secretary of the Army to enter into an easement with the Secretary of the Interior to provide land along the perimeter of Fort Belvoir, Virginia, for use as a segment of the Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail. (Sec. 2860) Transfers from from the Department of the Navy to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service administrative jurisdiction over the decommissioned Naval Security Group Activity, Skaggs Island, California, for inclusion in the National Wildlife Refuge System. Subtitle F: Other Matters - (Sec. 2871) Amends the MCAA for Fiscal Year 2000 to delay until January 1, 2012, the deadline for the transfer of the Arlington Naval Annex to Arlington National Cemetery. (Sec. 2872) Amends the MCAA, 1974 to remove certain restrictions on environmental remediation of the island of Culebra, Puerto Rico. (Sec. 2873) Authorizes the Secretary of the Air Force to accept gifts from the Air Force Museum Foundation for paying design and construction costs of a fourth building for the National Museum of the United States Air Force at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. (Sec. 2874) Authorizes the Secretary of the Army to permit the American Ranger Memorial Association, Inc., to establish and maintain at Fort Belvoir, Virginia, a national memorial to honor the sacrifice and service of American Rangers. (Sec. 2875) Directs the Secretary of the Navy to enter into a lease with the USS Missouri Memorial Association to authorize the Association to use the pier Foxtrot Five and related property on Ford Island, Pearl Harbor Naval Base, Hawaii, during 2009 and 2010. (Sec. 2876) Designates the health facility in Fort Rucker, Alabama, as the Lyster Army/VA Health Clinic. Title XXIX: Additional War-Related and Emergency Military Construction Authorizations For Fiscal Year 2008 - (Sec. 2901) Authorizes the Secretary of the Army to acquire real property and carry out war-related military construction projects at specified installations and locations in the United States and in Iraq and Afghanistan. Authorizes appropriations for the Army for war-related military construction, land acquisition, and military family housing functions. (Sec. 2902) Authorizes the Secretary of the Navy to acquire real property and carry out war-related military construction projects at specified installations and locations in the United States and in Djibouti. Authorizes appropriations for the Navy for war-related military construction, land acquisition, and military family housing functions. (Sec. 2903) Authorizes the Secretary of the Air Force to acquire real property and carry out war-related military construction projects at specified installations and locations in the United States and in Oman and Qatar. Authorizes appropriations for the Air Force for war-related military construction, land acquisition, and military family housing functions. (Sec. 2904) Authorizes the Secretary to acquire real property and carry out war-related military construction projects at specified installations and locations in the United States. Authorizes appropriations to DOD for war-related military construction, land acquisition, and military family housing functions. (Sec. 2905) Amends the MCAA for Fiscal Year 2008 to: (1) reduce the amounts authorized for specified projects in Iraq and Afghanistan; and (2) eliminate a project in Tikrit, Iraq. Division C: Department of Energy National Security Authorizations and Other Authorizations - Title XXXI [sic]: Department of Energy National Security Programs - Subtitle A: National Security Programs Authorizations - (Sec. 3101) Authorizes appropriations for the Department of Energy (DOE) for FY2009 for: (1) activities of the National Nuclear Security Administration in carrying out programs necessary for national security, with specified allocations for weapons activities, defense nuclear nonproliferation activities, naval reactors, and the Office of the Administrator for Nuclear Security (Administrator); and (2) environmental restoration and waste management activities and plant projects in carrying out national security programs, with specified allocations for defense environmental cleanup, other defense activities, defense nuclear waste disposal, and energy security and assurance. Subtitle B: Program Authorizations, Restrictions, and Limitations - (Sec. 3111) Authorizes the Secretary of Energy (Secretary, for purposes of this title only) to enter into agreements with any entity under which the entity contributes funds for the disposition of excess weapon-grade Russian plutonium in the Russian Federation. Directs the Secretary to: (1) notify the defense, appropriations, and foreign relations committees within 30 days after the receipt of any such contributions; and (2) report annually to such committees on the receipt and use of such funds. Terminates such authority on December 31, 2013. (Sec. 3112) Amends the NDAA for Fiscal Year 2008 to extend until March 1, 2009, the deadline for a CG assessment of DOE protective force management at certain sites containing nuclear material. (Sec. 3113) Requires the Administrator to establish a fellowship program for graduate students who are Ph.D. candidates in the field of nuclear chemistry. Expresses the sense of Congress that the program should: (1) support at least six students per year; and (2) require each student to spend at least two summers during the program in a national security laboratory. Provides funding. Directs the Administrator to submit to the defense and appropriations committees a plan for continuing the program during FY2010 and thereafter. Requires the Administrator to carry out a research and development (R&D) program to improve the speed and accuracy of nuclear forensics radiation-measurement equipment. Provides funding. Directs the Administrator to submit to the defense and appropriations committees a plan for continuing the program during FY2010 and thereafter. Requires the Administrator to prepare a R&D plan to prioritize DOE R&D efforts, including at the national laboratory level, on technical capabilities to: (1) enable a timely nuclear forensic response to a nuclear explosion or interdiction of nuclear material or a nuclear weapon; and (2) develop an international database on nuclear material in order to attribute such material to its source. Requires reports on such matters from the Secretary to the defense and appropriations committees. Amends the NDAA for Fiscal Year 2008 to require additional information in a report concerning nuclear forensics capabilities. Requires the Secretary of Defense to report to the defense, appropriations, and homeland security committees: (1) describing a joint (DOD, DOE, and Department of Homeland Security) recommendation for establishing a Nuclear Forensics Advisory Panel to provide independent validation of any federal nuclear forensics analysis; and (2) on Panel structure and membership. Requires the President to report to the above committees on the involvement of senior-level executive branch leadership in planned nuclear terrorism preparedness exercises that have nuclear forensics analysis as a component. Title XXXII: Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board - (Sec. 3201) Authorizes appropriations for FY2009 for the Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board. Title XXXIV [sic]: Naval Petroleum Reserves - (Sec. 3401) Authorizes appropriations to the Secretary of Energy for FY2009 to carry out activities relating to the naval petroleum reserves. Title XXXV: Maritime Administration - (Sec. 3501) Authorizes appropriations to the Secretary of Transportation (Secretary, for purposes of this title only) for FY2009 for the Maritime Administration for specified activities, including: (1) operation and training; (2) maintaining a U.S.-flag merchant fleet; and (3) the disposal of obsolete vessels in the National Defense Reserve Fleet. (Sec. 3502) Prohibits (with an exception) any vessel owned by the United States from being approved for export to a foreign country for purposes of dismantling, recycling, or scrapping. (Sec. 3503) Increases from $4,000 to $8,000 the authorized student incentive payments at state maritime academies. (Sec. 3504) Amends the Warner Act concerning licensing requirements for certain vessel crewmembers (riding gang members) to require that all persons onboard vessels involved in the carriage of cargo for DOD, with the exception of supercargo personnel, possess a merchant mariners' document or transportation worker security card issued under current vessel transportation requirements. Allows supercargo personnel to meet such requirement by passing a background security check conducted by the Secretary. (Sec. 3505) Amends the Maritime Security Act of 2003 to require the Secretary to implement the maintenance and repair reimbursement pilot program with one or more contractors currently participating in the maritime security program. (Sec. 3506) Authorizes the Maritime Administrator to establish a temporary program, through the end of 2009, for contracting with individuals as personal services contractors as the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, if the Administrator determines there is a need for such professors and the need is not of permanent duration. Limits participation to 25 individuals per academic trimester. Division D: Governmentwide Acquisition Improvements - Clean Contracting Act of 2008 - Title XLI: Enhanced Competition - (Sec. 4101) Requires the head of each executive agency (including the Under Secretary, with respect to DOD) that, in the preceding fiscal year, awarded contracts totaling $1 billion or more to develop and implement a plan to minimize the use of contracts entered into under other-than-competitive procedures. Requires: (1) each plan to contain measurable goals and to be submitted to specified congressional committees; and (2) the CG to review, and report to Congress on, the plans provided. Excludes certain contracts. (Sec. 4102) Amends the Federal Property and Administrative Services Act of 1949 to limit to 270 days the length of DOD and civilian agency noncompetitive contracts, unless the agency head or Under Secretary determines that exceptional circumstances exist. Applies such limit to any contract in excess of $1 million. (Sec. 4103) Requires FAR to be amended to require enhanced competition in the purchase of property and services by all executive agencies pursuant to multiple award contracts, including a requirement that each purchase in excess of the simplified acquisition threshold (generally, $100,000) that is made under such a contract be made on a competitive basis, unless: (1) the contracting officer waives the requirement under specified determinations; or (2) a law expressly authorizes the purchase. Outlines competitive basis procedures. Requires FAR to be amended to require public notice of an agency's use of sole source or delivery orders in lieu of multiple award contracts for purchases in excess of the simplified acquisition threshold. Title XLII: Curbing Abuse-Prone Contracts - (Sec. 4201) Requires FAR to be amended to minimize the inappropriate use of cost-reimbursement contracts and to ensure the proper use of such contracts. Outlines regulation requirements. Requires: (1) the CG to evaluate agency progress in implementing the necessary regulations; and (2) a report from the OMB Director to specified congressional committees on the use of cost-reimbursement contracts and task or delivery orders by all federal agencies, including DOD. (Sec. 4202) Requires the OMB Director to: (1) report to Congress on interagency acquisitions; and (2) issue guidelines to assist agency heads in improving interagency acquisition management. Requires: (1) FAR to be amended to include regulations concerning interagency acquisitions; and (2) annual reports from agency senior procurement executives to the Director on actions taken to implement the guidelines issued. (Sec. 4203) Prohibits an agency head, as of October 1, 2010, from awarding a new contract for lead systems integrator functions in the acquisition of a major system. Allows an agency head, as of such date, to award such a contract only if: (1) the contract for the major system does not proceed beyond the demonstration phase-level; or (2) the agency head determines that it would not be practicable to carry out the acquisition another way and that doing so is in the best interests of the agency. Provides an exception with respect to contracts for the procurement of services the primary purpose of which is to perform acquisition support functions with respect to the development or production of a major system (under specified conditions). (Sec. 4204) Requires FAR to be amended to ensure that excessive pass-through charges on contracts or task or delivery orders are not paid by the federal government. (Sec. 4205) Requires FAR to be amended to provide executive agencies with instructions, including definitions, on the appropriate use of award and incentive fees in federal acquisition programs. (Sec. 4206) Requires FAR to be amended to include, for purposes of federal commercial services item procurement authority, a type of service offered and sold competitively in the commercial marketplace as a service offered and sold competitively in the marketplace, as long as the offeror has submitted sufficient information to evaluate the reasonableness of the price for that type. Provides specified requirements with respect to procedures applicable to time-and-materials contracts and labor-hour contracts for commercial item acquisitions. Title XLIII: Acquisition Workforce - (Sec. 4301) Amends the Federal Property and Administrative Services Act of 1949 to direct the Administrator of General Services (GSA Administrator) to establish an acquisition workforce development fund for the recruitment, hiring, education, training, and retention of competent federal acquisition workforce personnel. Provides funding. Requires annual reports from the GSA Administrator to specified congressional committees on funding and operations of the fund. (Sec. 4302) Amends the Office of Federal Procurement Policy Act to direct the GSA Administrator to establish a Governmentwide Contingency Contracting Corps to be deployed in response to a U.S. emergency or disaster, or a contingency operation within or outside the United States. Requires annual Corps status reports from the GSA Administrator to specified congressional committees. Title XLIV: Anti-Fraud Provisions - (Sec. 4401) Amends the Federal Property and Administrative Services Act of 1949 to include, among others, a representative of a committee of Congress, an Inspector General, the General Accountability Office, and an executive agency employee responsible for contract oversight or management among those to whom a contractor employee may disclose information concerning contractor fraud, waste, or abuse while being protected from reprisal from such disclosures (whistleblower protections). Adds to the types of information warranting such protection. Requires an expedited response from an Inspector General or the head of an executive agency with respect to a complaint alleging that a reprisal has been taken against the disclosure of protected information. (Sec. 4402) Requires FAR to be amended to include provisions that require timely notification by federal contractors of violations of federal criminal law or overpayments in connection with the award or performance of contracts in excess of $5 million and more than 120 days in duration, including those performed outside the United States and those for commercial items. (Sec. 4403) Allows civilian and defense agency interview access to contractor employees with respect to transactions involving a federal contract or subcontract. (Sec. 4404) Directs the: (1) Administrator of the Office of Federal Procurement Policy to review FAR to determine whether it contains sufficient government-wide policies to prevent and mitigate organizational conflicts of interest in federal contracting; (2) FAR to be amended to establish such policies; and (3) Administrator to develop and maintain a repository of best practices relating to the prevention and mitigation of organizational and personal conflicts of interest. Title XLV: Enhanced Contract Transparency - (Sec. 4501) Amends the Federal Funding Accountability and Transparency Act of 2006 to require public disclosure of the names and total compensation of the five most highly compensated officers of an entity if the entity in the preceding fiscal year received: (1) 80% or more of its annual gross revenues in federal awards; and (2) $25 million or more in annual gross revenues from federal awards, as long as the public has no other access to such information. (Sec. 4502) Requires the GSA Administrator to establish and maintain a database of information regarding integrity and performance of persons awarded federal contracts and grants, for use by federal officials having authority over such contracts and grants. Requires such database to include, with respect to such persons, criminal and civil proceedings, contracts and grants that were terminated due to default, and federal suspensions or debarments. (Sec. 4503) Requires each official responsible for awarding a federal contract or grant: (1) to review the above database prior to a contract or grant award; and (2) in the case of a prospective awardee against which a judgment or conviction has been rendered more than once within any three-year period for the same or similar offenses, to document the reasons why such prospective awardee is considered presently responsible. (Sec. 4504) Requires federal regulations to be amended to require that, in applying for any federal grant or submitting a proposal or bid for any federal contract, a person shall disclose in writing the information described in section 4502, above. (Sec. 4505) Requires the Interagency Committee on Debarment and Suspension to take specified actions with respect to debarment or suspension proceedings against non-responsible federal contractors, including an annual report to Congress on progress and efforts to improve the suspension and debarment system. (Sec. 4506) Authorizes independent agencies to participate in the government-wide suspension and debarment system, and to recognize a suspension or debarment issued by an executive agency in its own procurement or assistance activities. (Sec. 4507) Authorizes appropriations for the establishment of the database under section 4502. (Sec. 4508) Requires a report from the GSA Administrator to Congress concerning databases of federal contracting and grants. (Sec. 4509) Requires the OMB Director to direct appropriate revisions to the Federal Procurement Data System (or any successor system) to facilitate the collection of complete, timely, and reliable data on interagency contracting actions and on transactions other than federal research contracts, grants, and cooperative agreements. (Sec. 4510) Amends the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act to state that, if a motion for change of custody of a child of a servicemember is filed while such servicemember is deployed in support of a contingency operation, no court may act on such motion, except to enter a temporary custody order if there is clear and convincing evidence that it is in the best interest of the child. Prohibits a court, under a custody motion, from considering the absence of the servicemember by reason of deployment, or the possibility of deployment, in determining the best interest of the child.
|Title : To authorize appropriations for fiscal year 2009 for military activities of the Department of Defense, for military construction, and for defense activities of the Department of Energy, to prescribe military personnel strengths for such fiscal year, to amend the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act to provide for the protection of child custody arrangements for parents who are members of the Armed Forces deployed in support of a contingency operation, and for other purposes.|
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|Bill Number : H R 5658|
|Title : To authorize appropriations for fiscal year 2009 for military activities of the Department of Defense, for military construction, and for defense activities of the Department of Energy, to prescribe military personnel strengths for such fiscal year, to amend the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act to provide for the protection of child custody arrangements for parents who are members of the Armed Forces deployed in support of a contingency operation, and for other purposes.|
|Sponsor: Rep Skelton, Ike [MO-4] (by request) (introduced 3/31/2008)|
|ALPHABETICAL [followed by Cosponsors withdrawn]:     (Sort:
Rep Hunter, Duncan [CA-52] - 3/31/2008
|Bill Number : H R 5658|