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(This measure has not been amended since it was introduced. The summary of that version is repeated here.)

Highlights:

The Military Construction and Veterans Affairs and Related Agencies Appropriations Act provides FY2016 appropriations to the Department of Defense (DOD) for military construction, military family housing, the U.S. share of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization Security Investment Program, and base closures and realignments.

The bill also provides appropriations to the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) for veterans benefit and health care programs, Departmental Administration, and the National Cemetery Administration.

Related agencies and programs funded in the bill include the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims; the Armed Forces Retirement Home; and the Cemeterial Expenses of the Army, including Arlington National Cemetery.

The bill includes Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps, Defense-Wide military construction funds which are designated as Overseas Contingency Operations (OCO) funds and are not subject to discretionary spending limits.

The bill increases overall FY2016 Military Construction and Veterans Affairs funding above FY2015 levels and includes increases for both DOD and the VA.

Within the DOD budget, the bill includes increases for the Military Construction and the Family Housing accounts compared to FY2015 levels.

The VA budget includes increases for the Veterans Benefits Administration and the Veterans Health Administration compared to FY2015 levels.

Also included in the bill is a provision that prohibits the Administration from renovating, expanding, or constructing facilities in the United States to house individuals held in the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay.

Full Summary:

Military Construction and Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2016

Provides FY2016 appropriations for military construction, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), and related agencies.

TITLE I--DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE

Provides appropriations to DOD for Military Construction for the Army; Navy and Marine Corps; Air Force; Defense-Wide agencies and activities (other than military departments); the Army and Air National Guard; and the Army, Navy, and Air Force Reserves.

Provides appropriations to DOD for the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Security Investment Program.

Provides appropriations to DOD for Construction and Operation and Maintenance of Family Housing for the Army, Navy and Marine Corps, Air Force, and Defense-Wide agencies and activities (other than military departments).

Provides appropriations for the Department of Defense Base Closure Account.

Prohibits funds provided by this title from being used to construct any FY2016 special operations command military construction projects until the Commander of the Special Operations Command provides a specified report and certification to Congress.

(Sec. 101) Limits the use of funds made available in this title for cost-plus-a-fixed-fee construction contracts exceeding $25,000 without DOD approval. Includes an exception for work that is to be performed in Alaska.

(Sec. 102) Permits funds made available in this title for construction to be used for hiring passenger motor vehicles.

(Sec. 103) Permits funds made available in this title for construction to be used for advances to the Federal Highway Administration for the construction of access roads DOD has certified as important to national defense.

(Sec. 104) Prohibits funds made available in this title from being used to begin construction of new bases in the United States without a specific appropriation.

(Sec. 105) Prohibits funds made available in this title from being used to purchase land or land easements in excess of 100% of the value as determined by the Army Corps of Engineers or the Naval Facilities Engineering Command. Includes exceptions for: (1) determinations of value by a federal court; (2) purchases negotiated by the Attorney General or a designee; (3) values less than $25,000; and (4) DOD determinations that the purchase is in the public interest.

(Sec. 106) Prohibits funds made available in this title from being used to acquire land, provide for site preparation, or install utilities for family housing, except housing for which appropriations have been provided.

(Sec. 107) Prohibits funds made available in this title for minor construction from being used to transfer or relocate any activity from one base or installation to another without notifying Congress in advance.

(Sec. 108) Prohibits funds made available in this title from being used to procure steel for construction unless American producers, fabricators, and manufacturers have been allowed to compete for the procurement.

(Sec. 109) Prohibits funds made available to DOD for military construction or family housing during the current fiscal year from being used to pay real property taxes in any foreign nation.

(Sec. 110) Prohibits funds made available in this title from being used to initiate a new installation overseas without notifying Congress in advance.

(Sec. 111) Prohibits funds made available in this title from being used for architect and engineer contracts estimated to exceed $500,000 for projects in Japan, NATO member countries, or countries bordering the Arabian Gulf unless the contracts are awarded to U.S. firms or joint ventures with U.S. firms.

(Sec. 112) Prohibits funds made available in this title for military construction in U.S. territories and possessions in the Pacific and on Kwajalein Atoll, or in countries bordering the Arabian Gulf from being used to award a contract over $1 million to a foreign contractor. Includes exceptions.

(Sec. 113) Requires DOD to notify Congress in advance of military exercises if construction costs are expected to exceed $100,000.

(Sec. 114) Permits funds appropriated to DOD for construction in prior years to be used for construction projects authorized during the current session of Congress.

(Sec. 115) Permits expired or lapsed funds to be used to pay for supervision, inspection, overhead, engineering, and design costs for military construction or family housing projects being completed with lapsed or expired funds.

(Sec. 116) Permits military construction funds to be available for five years if: (1) the funds obligated are available for military construction, and (2) do not exceed the amount appropriated or permitted by law.

(Sec. 117) Permits the following transfers if Congress is notified and specified conditions are met:

  • to the Department of Defense Family Housing Improvement Fund from appropriations for construction in Family Housing accounts, and
  • to the Department of Defense Military Unaccompanied Housing Improvement Fund from appropriations for construction of military unaccompanied housing in Military Construction accounts.

(Sec. 118) Permits the transfer of funds from the Department of Defense Base Closure Account for expenses associated with the Homeowners Assistance Program under the Demonstration Cities and Metropolitan Development Act of 1966.

(Sec. 119) Provides that funds for operation and maintenance of family housing in this title shall be the only source of funds for repair and maintenance of all family housing units, including general or flag officer quarters. Sets forth limitations and requirements for expenditures for maintenance and repair of general or flag officer quarters.

(Sec. 120) Appropriates funds contained in the Ford Island Improvement Account to remain available until expended or transferred.

(Sec. 121) Permits the transfer of unobligated balances of expired military construction and family housing funds into the Foreign Currency Fluctuations, Construction, Defense account.

(Sec. 122) Prohibits the Army from using funds made available by this bill to relocate a unit that: (1) performs a required testing mission or function not performed by any other unit, and (2) is located at a military installation where the total number of Army civilian employees and contractor personnel exceeds 10% of the regular and reserve Army personnel. Includes an exception if the Army notifies Congress of the relocation's compliance with Army Regulation 5-10 concerning stationing actions.

(Sec. 123) Permits funds provided to an account in this title to be transferred among projects and activities within the account subject to specified DOD reprogramming guidelines for military and family housing construction.

(Sec. 124) Prohibits DOD military construction funds provided in this title from being used for the planning, design, and construction of projects at Arlington National Cemetery.

(Sec. 125) Rescinds specified unobligated balances from the Military Construction, Army account.

(Sec. 126) Rescinds specified unobligated balances from the Military Construction, Air Force account.

(Sec. 127) Rescinds specified unobligated balances from the Military Construction, Defense-Wide account.

(Sec. 128) Rescinds specified unobligated balances from the fund established for expenses associated with the Homeowners Assistance Program.

(Sec. 129) Defines "congressional defense committees" to include the House and Senate Armed Services Committees and Appropriations Subcommittees on Military Construction and Veterans Affairs.

(Sec. 130) Prohibits funds made available by this title from being used for: (1) the closure or abandonment of Lajes Air Force Base in Portugal unless DOD certifies to Congress that the base does not meet operations requirements for certain intelligence activities, or (2) to construct phase two of the Joint Intelligence Analysis Complex Consolidation at Royal Air Force Croughton, United Kingdom.

(Sec. 131) Provides additional funding for the Military Construction, Army account for advances to Federal Highway Administration for the construction of defense access roads.

TITLE II--DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS

Provides appropriations to the VA for the Veterans Benefits Administration, including Compensation and Pensions, Readjustment Benefits, Veterans Insurance and Indemnities, the Veterans Housing Benefit Program Fund, the Vocational Rehabilitation Loans Program Account, and the Native American Veterans Housing Loan Program Account.

Provides appropriations to the VA for the Veterans Health Administration, including Medical Services, Medical Support and Compliance, Medical Facilities, and Medical and Prosthetic Research.

Provides appropriations to the VA for the National Cemetery Administration.

Provides appropriations to the VA for Departmental Administration, including General Administration, the Board of Veterans Appeals, General Operating Expenses of the Veterans Benefits Administration, Information Technology Systems, the Office of Inspector General, Major Construction Projects, Minor Construction Projects, Grants for the Construction of State Extended Care Facilities, and Grants for Construction of Veterans Cemeteries.

Limits the expenditure of Information Technology development funds for the VistA (Veterans Health Information Systems and Technology Architecture) Evolution Program to 25% of the funds provided until the VA provides a report to Congress including specified details regarding the status of the program.

(Sec. 201) Permits funds to be transferred between the Compensation and Pensions, Readjustment Benefits, and Veterans Insurance and Indemnities accounts if approved by Congress.

(Sec. 202) Permits funds to be transferred between the Medical Services, Medical Support and Compliance, and Medical Facilities accounts, subject to specified requirements and the approval of Congress for certain transfers.

(Sec. 203) Permits appropriations for salaries and expenses to be used for employment of temporary or intermittent experts and consultants, hire of passenger vehicles, lease of a facility or land, and uniforms.

(Sec. 204) Prohibits appropriations in this title other than Construction, Major Projects and Construction, Minor Projects from being used for land acquisition or construction of any new hospital or home.

(Sec. 205) Requires the VA to be reimbursed for medical services it provides to any person not defined as a beneficiary under specified laws.

(Sec. 206) Permits appropriations provided in this title for Compensation and Pensions, Readjustment Benefits, and Veterans Insurance and Indemnities to be used for payment of accrued obligations for the accounts recorded in the last quarter of FY2015.

(Sec. 207) Permits appropriations provided in this title to be used to pay specified prior year obligations. Requires obligations from trust fund accounts to be paid only from the Compensation and Pensions account.

(Sec. 208) Permits the VA to use surplus earnings from the National Service Life Insurance Fund, the Veterans' Special Life Insurance Fund, and the United States Government Life Insurance Fund to administer those programs during FY2016.

(Sec. 209) Permits amounts deducted from enhanced-use lease proceeds for reimbursement of administrative expenses from a prior year to be obligated in the year in which the proceeds are received.

(Sec. 210) Permits funds provided by this title for salaries and other administrative expenses to be used to reimburse the Office of Resolution Management and the Office of Employment Discrimination Complaint Adjudication within specified limits.

(Sec. 211) Prohibits funds provided by this title from being used to enter into any new lease with an annual rental cost above $1 million unless it is approved by Congress.

(Sec. 212) Requires the VA to collect third-party reimbursement information prior to providing hospital care, nursing home care, or medical services for a non-service connected disability. Permits the VA to recover reasonable charges for care from anyone who has not provided the required disclosures.

(Sec. 213) Permits enhanced-use leasing revenues to be deposited into the Construction, Major Projects and Construction, Minor Projects accounts to be used for construction, alterations, and improvements of VA medical facilities.

(Sec. 214) Permits funds provided for Medical Services to be used for: (1) furnishing recreational facilities, supplies, and equipment; and (2) funeral and burial expenses.

(Sec. 215) Permits funds deposited in the Medical Care Collections Fund to be transferred to the Medical Services account and remain available until expended.

(Sec. 216) Permits the VA to enter into agreements with certain Indian tribes and tribal organizations in rural Alaska to provide health care to veterans.

(Sec. 217) Permits funds deposited into the Department of Veterans Affairs Capital Asset Fund to be transferred to the Construction, Major Projects and Construction, Minor Projects accounts to remain available until expended.

(Sec. 218) Bars the use of funds provided in this title to prohibit the Directors of the Veterans Integrated Services Networks from conducting outreach or marketing to enroll new veterans.

(Sec. 219) Directs the VA to submit a quarterly report to Congress on the financial status of the Veterans Health Administration.

(Sec. 220) Permits specified FY2016 VA funds to be transferred to or from the Information Technology Systems account if approved by Congress.

(Sec. 221) Prohibits more than 20% of the funds provided to the Medical Facilities account for nonrecurring maintenance from being obligated during the last two months of the fiscal year. Permits the VA to waive the requirements after notifying Congress.

(Sec. 222) Permits specified FY2016 VA funds to be transferred to the Joint Department of Defense-Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Facility Demonstration Fund and used for the operation of combined federal medical facilities.

(Sec. 223) Permits specified FY2017 VA funds to be transferred to the Joint Department of Defense-Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Facility Demonstration Fund and used for the operation of combined federal medical facilities.

(Sec. 224) Permits transfers from the Medical Care Collections Fund to the Joint Department of Defense-Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Facility Demonstration Fund for the operation of combined federal medical facilities.

(Sec. 225) Requires specified funds from the Medical Services, Medical Support and Compliance, and Medical Facilities accounts to be transferred to the DOD-VA Health Care Sharing Incentive Fund to remain available until expended.

(Sec. 226) Rescinds FY2016 appropriations for the VA Medical Services, Medical Support and Compliance, and Medical Facilities accounts and reappropriates the funds to remain available through FY2017.

(Sec. 227) Directs the VA to notify Congress of all bid savings in major construction projects that total at least $5 million or 5% of the programmed amount of the project, whichever is less.

(Sec. 228) Prohibits the scope of work for a project included in Construction, Major Projects from being increased above the original budget request without congressional approval.

(Sec. 229) Requires the VA to submit to Congress quarterly reports from each Veterans Benefits Administration regional office including:

  • the average time to complete a disability compensation claim,
  • the number of claims pending more than 125 days,
  • error rates,
  • the number of claims personnel,
  • corrective actions taken,
  • training programs undertaken, and
  • the number and results of Quality Review Team audits.

(Sec. 230) Requires the VA to submit a reprogramming request to Congress whenever funding for a medical care program that is not estimated through the Enrollee Health Care Projection Model is adjusted by more than $25 million from the allocation included in the budget request. Permits funds to be reprogrammed under this section if Congress approves a request or does not reject a request within 15 days of receiving it.

(Sec. 231) Limits funds permitted to be obligated from the Medical Services and Medical Support and Compliance accounts for the VistA Evolution and electronic health record interoperability projects. Requires the VA to notify Congress before obligating additional funds above specified amounts.

(Sec. 232) Directs the VA to notify Congress before organizational changes that result in the transfer of 25 or more full-time equivalent staff from one organizational unit to another.

(Sec. 233) Rescinds $101 million from appropriations provided to the VA for FY2016 and requires the VA to submit to Congress a report allocating the rescission.

(Sec. 234) Requires the VA to report to Congress quarterly regarding any single national outreach and awareness campaign exceeding $2 million.

(Sec. 235) Prohibits the VA from using funds to replace the current system by which the Veterans Integrated Service Networks select and contract for diabetes monitoring supplies and equipment.

(Sec. 236) Permits the VA to transfer funds to the Medical Services account if the transfer is necessary to address the needs of the Veterans Health Administration, meets specified requirements, and is approved by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and Congress.

(Sec. 237) Permits FY2016 funds provided for Board of Veterans Appeals and General Operating Expenses, Veterans Benefits Administration to be transferred between those accounts if Congress approves the transfer.

(Sec. 238) Rescinds $15 million in unobligated balances from the DOD-VA Health Care Sharing Incentive Fund.

(Sec. 239) Prohibits the VA from reprogramming more than $5 million in funds among major construction projects or programs without congressional approval.

(Sec. 240) Rescinds specified FY2016 funds appropriated to the VA for Medical Services, Medical Support and Compliance, and Medical Facilities.

(Sec. 241) Reduces amounts appropriated by this bill for the Veterans Benefits Administration, the Veterans Health Administration, Departmental Administration, and the National Cemetery Administration by specified amounts.

TITLE III-- RELATED AGENCIES

Provides appropriations for the American Battle Monuments Commission, the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims, Cemeterial Expenses of the Army for Arlington National Cemetery and Soldiers' and Airmen's Home National Cemetery, and the Armed Forces Retirement Home.

(Sec. 301) Permits funds for Cemeterial Expenses, Army to be provided to Arlington County, Virginia to relocate a water main at Arlington National Cemetery to make additional land available for burials.

(Sec. 302) Permits funds from concessions at Army National Military Cemeteries to be used to support activities at the Cemeteries

TITLE IV--OVERSEAS CONTINGENCY OPERATIONS

Provide appropriations to DOD for Overseas Contingency Operations Military Construction projects for the Navy and Marine Corps, Air Force, and Defense-Wide agencies and activities

Designates the amounts provided in this title as for Overseas Contingency Operations/ Global War on Terrorism pursuant to the Balanced Budget and Emergency Deficit Control Act of 1985.

TITLE V-- GENERAL PROVISIONS

(Sec. 501) Prohibits the obligation of funds in this bill beyond the current fiscal year unless expressly permitted in this bill.

(Sec. 502) Prohibits the use of funds provided by this bill for programs, projects, or activities not in compliance with federal laws related to risk assessment, the protection of private property rights, or unfunded mandates.

(Sec. 503) Encourages all departments and agencies funded in this bill to expand their use of "E-Commerce" technologies and procedures.

(Sec. 504) Specifies the congressional committees that are to receive all reports and notifications required by this bill.

(Sec. 505) Prohibits the transfer of funds to any part of the U.S. government without authority provided by an appropriations law.

(Sec. 506) Prohibits the use of funds made available in this bill for a project or program named for an individual serving as a Member, Delegate, or Resident Commissioner of the House of Representatives.

(Sec. 507) Requires agencies to post reports submitted to Congress on the public web site of the agency. Includes exceptions for national security and confidential or proprietary information.

(Sec. 508) Prohibits the use of funds provided by this bill for a computer network unless pornography is blocked, with the exception of law enforcement, prosecution, or adjudication activities.

(Sec. 509) Prohibits the use of funds provided by this bill for first-class travel by an employee of the executive branch.

(Sec. 510) Prohibits the use of funds provided by this bill for any contract where the contractor has not complied with E-Verify requirements for verification of eligibility for employment.

(Sec. 511) Prohibits DOD or the VA from using funds provided by this bill to purchase or lease a new vehicle except in accordance with Presidential Memorandum - Federal Fleet Performance, dated May 24, 2011.

(Sec. 512) Prohibits the use of funds provided by this bill for the renovation, expansion, or construction of any facility in the United States to house any individual detained at the United States Naval Station, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Includes an exception for modification to the facility at Guantanamo Bay.

(Sec. 513) Establishes a spending reduction account for the amount by which the subcommittee's allocation under section 302(b) of the Congressional Budget Act of 1974 exceeds the amount of proposed new budget authority in the bill. Specifies that the amount is $0.

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  • u.s. international trade commission
  • u.s. postal service
  • u.s. sentencing commission
  • u.s. and foreign investments
  • u.s. territories and protectorates
  • ukraine
  • unemployment
  • united nations
  • user charges and fees
  • utah
  • veterans' education, employment, rehabilitation
  • veterans' loans, housing, homeless programs
  • veterans' medical care
  • veterans' pensions and compensation
  • veterinary medicine and animal diseases
  • vietnam
  • violent crime
  • virgin islands
  • virginia
  • visas and passports
  • war and emergency powers
  • war crimes, genocide, crimes against humanity
  • washington state
  • water quality
  • water resources funding
  • water use and supply
  • watersheds
  • west bank
  • wetlands
  • wildlife conservation and habitat protection
  • women in business
  • women's education
  • women's health
  • women's rights
  • worker safety and health
  • world health
  • yemen
  • zimbabwe