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The Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2016 provides FY2016 appropriations for the Department of Transportation (DOT), the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), and several related agencies.
The bill includes both discretionary and mandatory funding. The HUD budget is primarily discretionary spending, and most of the DOT budget is mandatory spending, in the form of contract authority from the Highway Trust Fund (HTF). Funding from the HTF is contingent on the enactment of a new authorization bill.
The bill increases overall funding for Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies above FY2015 levels. Compared to FY2015 levels, the bill decreases funding for DOT and increases funding for HUD.
Within the DOT budget, the bill:
Within the HUD budget, the bill:
For Public Housing, the bill funds the Public Housing Operating Fund at the FY2015 level and decreases funding for the Public Housing Capital Fund and Choice Neighborhoods.
The bill decreases funding for the Neighborhood Reinvestment Corporation and funds the other related agencies included in the bill at the FY2015 levels.
Also included in the bill are provisions that would:
Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2016
Provides FY2016 appropriations for the Department of Transportation, the Department of Housing and Urban Development, and several related agencies.
Department of Transportation Appropriations Act, 2016
Provides FY2016 appropriations for the Department of Transportation (DOT).
TITLE I--DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION
Provides appropriations for the Office of the Secretary, including:
(Sec. 101) Prohibits DOT from approving assessments or reimbursable agreements pertaining to funds appropriated to the modal administrations in this bill except for activities underway on the date of enactment, unless the reprogramming process has been completed.
(Sec. 102) Permits DOT to engage in activities with states and state legislators to consider proposals to reduce motorcycle fatalities.
(Sec. 103) Permits DOT to use the Working Capital Fund to provide transit benefits to federal employees.
(Sec. 104) Requires DOT to: (1) post on its website the schedule and agenda for all meetings of the Credit Council, and (2) require the Credit Council to record the decisions and actions of each meeting.
(Sec. 105) Permits DOT to use the Working Capital Fund to provide payments in advance and accept subsequent reimbursements from federal agencies for distributing transit benefits to federal employees. Requires DOT to maintain a limited operating reserve in the Fund to provide uninterrupted transit benefits.
Provides appropriations to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for: Operations; Facilities and Equipment; Research, Engineering, and Development; and Grants-In-Aid For Airports.
Prohibits the use of funds provided by this bill for: new applicants for the second career training program, new unauthorized user fees, or aeronautical charting and cartography activities through the Working Capital Fund.
Permits funds received from specified public, private, and foreign sources for expenses incurred to be credited to the appropriation.
Requires DOT to submit to Congress a five-year capital investment plan for the FAA.
Permits funds to be used for installation and commissioning or runway incursion prevention devices and systems.
(Sec. 110) Limit technical staff years under the federally funded research and development center contract between the FAA and the Center for Advanced Aviation System Development.
(Sec. 111) Prohibits the FAA from requiring airport sponsors to provide the agency without cost building construction, maintenance, utilities and expenses, or space in sponsor-owned buildings for air traffic control, air navigation, or weather reporting, except for specified exceptions.
(Sec. 112) Permits the FAA to reimburse amounts made available from certain fees to carry out the Essential Air Service (EAS) program, which ensures that small communities have a minimum level of air service.
(Sec. 113) Permits amounts collected by the FAA for providing technical assistance to foreign aviation authorities to be credited to the Operations account.
(Sec. 114) Prohibits the FAA from paying Sunday premium pay except if an individual worked on a Sunday.
(Sec. 115) Prohibits the FAA from using funds provided by this bill to purchase a store gift card or gift certificate using a government-issued credit card.
(Sec. 116) Prohibits funds provided by this bill from being used for retention bonuses for FAA employees without prior approval of the Assistant Secretary for Administration of DOT.
(Sec. 117) Requires the FAA to block the display of an owner's or operator's aircraft registration number in the Aircraft Situational Display to Industry data program, upon the request of an owner or operator.
(Sec. 118) Prohibits the use of funds provided by this bill to pay the salaries and expenses of more than nine political or presidential FAA appointees.
(Sec. 119) Prohibits the use of funds provided by this bill to increase fees for navigation products until the FAA provides Congress with a justification for all fees for aeronautical navigation products.
(Sec. 119A) Requires the FAA to notify Congress prior to closing a regional operations center or reducing the services it provides.
(Sec. 119B) Prohibits funds provided by this bill from being used to change weight restrictions or prior permission rules at Teterboro Airport in New Jersey.
Provides funding from the Highway Trust Fund (HTF) to the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) for Administrative Expenses and Federal-Aid Highways.
(Most of DOT's budget is mandatory budget authority rather than discretionary budget authority. The mandatory budget authority is primarily in the form of contract authority derived from the Highway Trust Fund (HTF). Contract authority is the authority to obligate funds in advance of an appropriation Act.
Spending from the HTF is determined both by authorization bills and appropriations bills. Authorization bills provide contract authority for highway programs, and appropriations bills include obligation limitations that determine how much of the contract authority may be used in a given year.
Funding included in this bill for the Federal Highway Administration and other programs funded by the HTF is contingent upon the enactment of reauthorization legislation.)
(Sec. 120) Specifies allocations and requirements for distributing obligation authority from the HTF among federal-aid highway programs.
(Sec. 121) Credits funds received by the Bureau of Transportation Statistics from the sale of data products to the Federal-Aid Highways account to reimburse the Bureau for expenses.
(Sec. 122) Requires DOT to: (1) provide an informal public notice and comment opportunity prior to waiving the Buy America requirement for federal-aid highway projects, and (2) report to Congress annually on waivers.
(Sec. 123) Requires DOT to notify Congress prior to providing credit assistance under the Transportation Finance and Innovation Act (TIFIA) program, which provides credit to finance surface transportation projects of national and regional significance.
(Sec. 124) Amends weight limitations for vehicles using the Interstate System to align federal and state requirements for longer combination vehicles operating in Idaho.
(Sec. 125) Modifies length requirements for truck trailers or semitrailers operating on the Interstate System.
(Sec. 126) Includes Kansas under an agricultural exemption from federal truck trailer length requirements.
(Sec. 127) Increases the amount of highway funding required to be set aside for the elimination of hazards and the installation of protective devices at railroad-highway crossings.
Provides funding from the HTF to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) for: (1) Motor Carrier Safety Operations and Programs, and (2) Motor Carrier Safety Grants.
(Sec. 130) Subjects funds provided by this bill to specified terms and conditions included in prior appropriations Acts regarding Mexico-domiciled motor carriers.
(Sec. 131) Requires the FMCSA to provide written notice of violations of certain safety procedures and regulations that could require an expedited safety audit or compliance review or a written response demonstrating corrective action.
(Sec. 132) Prohibits funds from being used to enforce the restart provisions of the hours of service of drivers regulation that went into effect on July 1, 2013, unless the Secretary and the DOT Inspector General determine that a required study has: (1) met statutory requirements, and (2) demonstrated improvement in all outcomes related to safety, operator fatigue, driver health and longevity, and work schedules.
(Sec. 133) Prohibits Motor Carrier Safety Operations and Programs funds from being used to deny an application to renew a hazardous materials safety permit unless a carrier has the opportunity to present its own corrective actions and DOT determines the actions are insufficient.
(Sec. 134) Prohibits funds provided by this bill from being used for regulations that increase levels of minimum financial responsibility for transporting passengers or property.
(Sec. 135) Prohibits funds for Motor Carrier Safety Operations and Programs from being used for a wireless roadside inspection program until after DOT makes specified certifications to Congress.
Provides appropriations to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) for Operations and Research.
Provides funding from the HTF to NHTSA for Operations and Research and Highway Traffic Safety Grants.
(Sec. 140) Provides additional funding to NHTSA for travel and related expenses associated with state management reviews and core competency development training for highway safety staff.
(Sec. 141) Exempts from the current fiscal year's obligation limitation any obligation authority that was made available in previous public laws.
(Sec. 142) Prohibits funds provided by this bill from being used for the National Highway Safety Advisory Committee.
(Sec. 143) Prohibits funds provided by this bill from being used for NHTSA's National Roadside Survey.
(Sec. 144) Prohibits funds provided by this bill from being used to mandate global positioning system tracking without fully considering privacy concerns.
Provides appropriations to the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) for:
(Sec. 150) Permits the FRA to receive and use cash or spare parts to repair or replace damaged automated track inspection cars and equipment as a result of third party liability for the damages.
(Sec. 151) Limits overtime for Amtrak employees. Permits Amtrak to waive the limit for specific employees due to safety or operational efficiency reasons. Requires Amtrak to report to Congress on waivers granted and overtime payments incurred.
Provides appropriations to the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) for Administrative Expenses, Transit Research, Technical Assistance and Training, Capital Investment Grants, and Grants to the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority.
Provides funding from the HTF to the FTA for Transit Formula Grants.
(Sec. 160) Exempts previously made transit obligations from limitations on obligations.
(Sec. 161) Permits FTA Fixed Guideway Capital Investment funds for projects specified in this bill or the accompanying report that are not obligated by September 30, 2020, to be used for other projects eligible to use the funds for the same purpose.
(Sec. 162) Permits the transfer of prior year appropriations from older accounts to be merged into new accounts with similar, current activities.
(Sec. 163) Prohibits funds provided by this bill from being used to enter into a full funding grant agreement for a project with a New Starts share greater than 50%.
(Sec. 164) Prohibits the use of funds for a new light or heavy rail project for the Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County, Texas if the project is constructed at a specified location in Houston, Texas unless the voters approve a ballot proposition specifying the location and the project meets specified criteria.
Provides appropriations to the Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation for Operations and Maintenance.
Provides appropriations for the Maritime Administration (MARAD) for the Maritime Security Program, Operations and Training, Ship Disposal, and The Maritime Guaranteed Loan (Title XI) Program Account.
(Sec. 170) Permits MARAD to furnish utilities and services and make repairs in connection with any lease, contract, or occupancy involving government property under the control of MARAD. Permits payments received to be credited to the appropriations account charged with the cost and requires rental payments to be deposited into the Treasury.
(Sec. 171) Prohibits DOT or MARAD from using funds provided by this bill for fee-for-service contracts for vessel disposal, scrapping, or recycling, unless there is no qualified domestic ship recycler that will pay any sum to purchase and scrap or recycle a vessel owned, operated or managed by MARAD or that is part of the National Defense Reserve Fleet.
Provides appropriations to the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration for Operational Expenses, Hazardous Materials Safety, Pipeline Safety, and Emergency Preparedness Grants.
Provides appropriations to the Office of Inspector General and the Surface Transportation Board.
(Sec. 180) Permits DOT to use funds for aircraft, motor vehicles, liability insurance, uniforms, or allowances, as authorized by law.
(Sec. 181) Permits fund provided by this bill to be used for the employment of temporary or intermittent experts and consultants if the rates do not exceed the rate for an Executive Level IV.
(Sec. 182) Prohibits: (1) funds provided by this bill from being used for more than 110 DOT presidential or political appointees, and (2) any of the appointees from being assigned on temporary detail outside of DOT.
(Sec. 183) Prohibits recipients of funds provided by this bill from releasing certain personal information and photographs from a driver's license or motor vehicle record without the consent of the affected individual. Prohibits DOT from withholding funds if a state is not in compliance with this provision.
(Sec. 184) Permits funds received by specified DOT agencies from states or other private or public sources for training expenses to be credited to specified agency accounts.
(Sec. 185) Prohibits funds provided by this bill from being used for certain loans, loan guarantees, lines of credit, or grants unless DOT notifies Congress prior to announcing competitively selected projects.
Requires DOT to provide concurrent notification to Congress regarding any ''quick release'' of funds from the FHWA's Emergency Relief Program. (The program provides funding for the repair or reconstruction of federal-aid highways and roads on federal lands which have suffered serious damage as a result of natural disasters or catastrophic failures from an external cause.)
(Sec. 186) Permits rebates, refunds, incentive payments, fees, and other funds received by DOT from travel management centers, charge card programs, the subleasing of building space, and miscellaneous sources to be credited to DOT appropriations and allocated using fair and equitable criteria.
(Sec. 187) Permits DOT to use amounts recovered from improper payments to a third party contractor for expenses incurred in the recovery.
(Sec. 188) Requires reprogramming action notifications to be transmitted to and approved or denied solely by the House and Senate Committees on Appropriations.
(Sec. 189) Limits Surface Transportation Board fees for the filing of rate or practice complaints.
(Sec. 190) Permits funds provided by this bill for modal administrations to be obligated to the Office of the Secretary for assessments or reimbursable agreements only if the funds provide a direct benefit to the modal administrations.
(Sec. 191) Permits DOT to set uniform standards for transit benefits for agency transit passes and transit benefits.
(Sec. 192) Prohibits the Surface Transportation Board from using funds provided by this bill to take any actions with respect to the construction of a high speed rail project in California unless the permit is issued for the entire project.
(Sec. 193) Prohibits finds provided by this bill from being used to facilitate new scheduled air transportation from the United States if the flights would land on or pass through property confiscated by the Cuban government.
Department of Housing and Urban Development Appropriations Act, 2016
Provides FY2016 appropriations for the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).
TITLE II--DEPARTMENT OF HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT
Provides appropriations for Management and Administration, including for Executive Offices and Administrative Support Offices.
Provides appropriations for Program Office Salaries and Expenses, including:
Provides appropriations for Public and Indian Housing Programs, including:
Provides appropriations for Community Planning and Development, including:
Provides appropriations for Housing Programs, including Project-Based Rental Assistance, Housing for the Elderly, and Housing for Persons with Disabilities.
Provides appropriations for Housing Counseling Assistance, including Rental Housing Assistance and Payment to the Manufactured Housing Fees Trust Fund.
Provides appropriations and establishes limits on loan commitments for the Federal Housing Administration (FHA), which includes the Mutual Mortgage Insurance Program Account and the General and Special Risk Program Account.
Provides appropriation and establishes limits on loan commitments for the Government National Mortgage Association (Ginnie Mae).
Provides appropriations for Policy Development and Research for Research and Technology.
Provides appropriations for Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity for Fair Housing Activities.
Provides appropriations to the Office of Lead Hazard Control and Healthy Homes, the Information Technology Fund, and the Office of Inspector General.
(Sec. 201) Requires 85% of overpayments due to refinancing of state projects under the Stewart B. McKinney Homeless Assistance Amendments Act of 1988 to be rescinded or, in the case of cash, remitted to the Treasury. Permits HUD to use up to 15% of the overpayments to provide project owners with incentives to refinance projects at lower interest rates.
(Sec. 202) Prohibits funds provided by this bill from being used to investigate or prosecute under the Fair Housing Act any lawful activities, including the filing or maintaining of a nonfrivolous legal action to achieve or prevent action by a government entity or a court.
(Sec. 203) Extends formula modifications for distributing Housing Opportunities for Persons With Aids (HOPWA) funds for certain jurisdictions in New York, New Jersey, and North Carolina.
(Sec. 204) Requires any grant, cooperative agreement, or other assistance made pursuant to this title to be made on a competitive basis and in accordance with the Department of Housing and Urban Development Reform Act of 1989.
(Sec. 205) Permits specified funds to be used, without regard to limitations on administrative expenses, for: (1) legal services; and (2) payment for services and facilities of the Federal National Mortgage Association (Fannie Mae), Ginnie Mae, the Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation (Freddie Mac), the Federal Financing Bank, Federal Reserve banks, Federal Home Loan banks, and any bank insured under the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation Act.
(Sec. 206) Prohibits HUD appropriations from being used for any program, project, or activity in excess of amounts included in the budget estimates submitted to Congress, unless otherwise provided by this bill or through reprogramming.
(Sec. 207) Permits HUD corporations and agencies subject to the Government Corporation Control Act to utilize funds and make contracts and commitments, without regard to fiscal year limitations and subject to specified restrictions, to implement the FY2016 budget.
(Sec. 208) Requires HUD to provide quarterly reports to Congress regarding uncommitted, unobligated, recaptured, and excess funds for each program and activity.
(Sec. 209) Requires the President's budget request and HUD's congressional budget justifications to use the same account structure included in this bill.
(Sec. 210) Provides that a public housing agency (PHA) or other entity that administers federal housing assistance for the Housing Authority of the county of Los Angeles, California; or Alaska, Iowa, or Mississippi is not required to include public housing residents or recipients of section 8 rental assistance (under the United States Housing Act of 1937) on the governing board.
Requires each PHA or entity that does not include these individuals on its board to establish an advisory board of at least six residents of public housing or recipients of section 8 assistance to provide advice on issues related to public housing and section 8.
(Sec. 211) Prohibits funds provided by this title from being use for an audit of Ginnie Mae that applies certain requirements of the Federal Credit Reform Act of 1990.
(Sec. 212) Permits HUD to transfer project-based assistance, debt, and use restrictions associated with a multifamily housing project from an obsolete or economically nonviable project to a viable project, subject to specified conditions.
(Sec. 213) Prohibits section 8 housing assistance from being provided to any individual who: (1) is a student at an institution of higher education; (2) under 24 years of age; (3) is not a veteran; (4) is unmarried; (5) does not have a dependent child; (6) does not have disabilities and was not receiving assistance as of November 30, 2005; and (7) is not otherwise individually eligible, or has parents who are not eligible, to receive assistance.
Provides that, for section 8 rental assistance eligibility purposes, any financial assistance (in excess of amounts received for tuition and fees) received under the Higher Education Act of 1965, from private sources, or an institution of higher education shall be considered income, except for a person over age 23 with dependent children.
(Sec. 214) Requires Native American Housing Block Grant funds to be distributed to the same Native Alaskans that received funds in FY2005.
(Sec. 215) Permits HUD to insure home equity conversion mortgages (HECMs or reverse mortgages) for elderly homeowners through FY2016, notwithstanding limitations on insurance authority included in the National Housing Act.
(Sec. 216) Requires HUD, in managing and disposing of any multifamily property that is owned or held by HUD, and during foreclosure on property with a contract for section 8 rental assistance payments or other federal programs, to maintain rental assistance payments attached to any dwelling units in the property. Permits HUD, if a property is not feasible for continued payments based on specified cost or environmental considerations, to: (1) contract with owners of other existing properties for project-based rental assistance payments, or (2) provide other rental assistance.
(Sec. 217) Permits the use of Community Development Loan Guarantee funds to guarantee notes or other obligations issued by any state on behalf of its non-entitlement communities.
(Sec. 218) Permits certain public housing agencies that own and operate 400 or fewer public housing units to elect to be exempt from asset management requirements imposed by HUD in connection with the operating fund rule.
(Sec. 219) Prohibits HUD from using public housing funds to impose any requirement or guideline relating to asset management that restricts or limits the use of capital funds for central office costs, up to the limits established in the Quality Housing and Work Responsibility Act of 1998.
(Sec. 220) Prohibits designation of a HUD official or employee as an allotment holder unless the Chief Financial Officer has determined that the employee has: (1) implemented an adequate system of funds control, and (2) received training in funds control procedures and directives.
(Sec. 221) Requires HUD to publish all FY2016 Notices of Funding Availability on the Internet.
(Sec. 222) Requires attorney fees for program-related litigation to be paid from the individual program office and Office of General Counsel personnel funding and included as line items in the budget submissions of the offices.
(Sec. 223) Provides that the HUD-administered Disaster Housing Assistance Program is a HUD program under the McKinney Act for income verification and matching purposes.
(Sec. 224) Requires HUD to take specified actions against owners receiving rental subsidies that do not maintain safe properties based on specified Real Estate Assessment Center (REAC) scores.
(Sec. 225) Limits salaries and bonuses for public housing agency officials and employees.
(Sec. 226) Prohibits funds provided by this bill from being used for the HUD doctoral dissertation research grant program.
(Sec. 227) Requires HUD to notify Congress prior to announcing the recipients of grant awards.
(Sec. 228) Prohibits funds provided by this bill from being used to require or enforce the Physical Needs Assessment (PNA).
(Sec. 229) Prohibits the FHA, Ginnie Mae, or HUD from using funds provided by this bill to finance mortgages for properties that have been subject to eminent domain.
(Sec. 230) Prohibits the use of funds made available by this bill to terminate the status of a unit of general local government as a metropolitan city with respect to community development grants under the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974.
(Sec. 231) Permits Office of Policy Development and Research funds for research, evaluation, and statistical purposes that are unexpended at the completion of a contract, grant or cooperative agreement to be deobligated and reobligated for additional research, subject to reprogramming requirements.
(Sec. 232) Prohibits HUD from using funds provided by this bill to require a recipient of funding for land acquisition, affordable housing construction, or affordable housing rehabilitation to meet Energy Star or any other energy efficiency standards that exceed the requirements of applicable state and local building codes.
(Sec. 233) Rescinds specified unobligated balances of funds provided by the Dodd- Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act and the Housing and Economic Recovery Act of 2008.
(Sec. 234) Rescinds specified unobligated balances from funds appropriated for the Rural Housing and Economic Development, Management and Administration, and Program Office Salaries and Expenses accounts.
TITLE III--RELATED AGENCIES
Provides FY2016 appropriations to:
TITLE IV--GENERAL PROVISIONS--THIS ACT
Sets forth permissible, restricted, and prohibited used for funds provided by this and other appropriations Acts.
(Sec. 401) Prohibits funds provided by this bill from being used to compensate or pay the expenses of non-federal parties intervening in regulatory or adjudicatory proceedings funded in this bill.
(Sec. 402) Prohibits transfers of funds to other appropriations or obligations beyond the current fiscal year, unless expressly permitted in this bill.
(Sec. 403) Limits expenditures for consulting services to contracts where the expenditures are a matter of public record and available for public inspection, unless otherwise provided by law.
(Sec. 404) Prohibits the use of funds provided by this bill for employee training not specifically related to the performance of official duties.
(Sec. 405) Specifies procedures, restrictions, and reporting requirements for the reprogramming of funds provided by this bill.
(Sec. 406) Permits up to 50% of unobligated balances remaining at the end of FY2016 from appropriations for salaries and expenses to remain available through FY2017, subject to congressional approval and reprogramming guidelines.
(Sec. 407) Prohibits funds provided by this bill from being used for any project that seeks to use eminent domain unless eminent domain is employed only for a public use.
(Sec. 408) Prohibits the transfer of funds provided by this bill to a department, agency, or instrumentality of the U.S. government unless the transfer is pursuant to an appropriations Act.
(Sec. 409) Prohibits the use of funds provided by this bill to permanently replace an employee intent on returning to his or her previous occupation after completing military service.
(Sec. 410) Requires expenditures of funds provided by this bill to comply with the Buy American Act.
(Sec. 411) Prohibits funds provided by this bill from being made available to any person or entity that has been convicted of violating the Buy American Act.
(Sec. 412) Prohibits funds provided by this bill from being used to purchase first class or premium airline travel in violation of specified federal travel regulations.
(Sec. 413) Prohibits the use of funds provided by this bill to approve a new foreign air carrier permit or exemption application if the approval would contravene U.S. law or specified provisions of the U.S.-E.U.-Iceland-Norway Air Transport Agreement.
(Sec. 414) Prohibits the Federal Maritime Commission or the Maritime Administration from using funds provided by this bill to issue a license or certificate for a commercial vessel that was docked or anchored within seven miles of a port on property confiscated by the Cuban government.
(Sec. 415) Establishes a spending reduction account for the amount by which spending proposed in this bill exceeds the subcommittee's allocation under the Congressional Budget Act of 1974. Specifies that the amount is $0. (Under the Rules of the House of Representatives, any savings included in the spending reduction account are not available for further appropriation during consideration of the bill.)