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H.Res.5205 Sep-17-14
Status: July 25, 2014.--Introduced in House. September 15, 2014.--Reported (Amended) by the Committee on Natural Resources. H. Rept. 113-593. September 15, 2014.--Passed House as amended Agreed to by voice vote. September 16, 2014.--Referred to Senate. H.R.5205 Northern Nevada Land Conservation and Economic Development Act (Reported in House - RH) HR 5205 RH Union Calendar No. 440113th CONGRESS2d Session H. R. 5205[Report No. 113-593] To authorize certain land conveyances involving public lands in northern Nevada to promote economic development and conservation, and for other purposes. IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVESJuly 25, 2014 Mr. AMODEI (for himself, Mr. HORSFORD, Mr. HECK of Nevada, and Ms. TITUS) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Natural Resources September 15, 2014 Reported with an amendment, committed to the Committee of the Whole House on the State of the Union, and ordered to be printed [Strike out all after the enacting clause and insert the part printed in italic][For text of introduced bill, see copy of bill as introduced on July 25, 2014]A BILL To authorize certain land conveyances involving public lands in northern Nevada to promote economic development and conservation, and for other purposes. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE; TABLE OF CONTENTS. (a) Short Title- This Act may be cited as the `Northern Nevada Land Conservation and Economic Development Act'. (b) Table of Contents- The table of contents for this Act is as follows:Sec. 1. Short title; table of contents. TITLE I--PINE FOREST RANGE RECREATION ENHANCEMENT ACT Sec. 101. Short title.Sec. 102. Definitions.Sec. 103. Addition to National Wilderness Preservation System.Sec. 104. Administration.Sec. 105. Release of wilderness study areas.Sec. 106. Wildlife management.Sec. 107. Land exchanges.Sec. 108. Native American cultural and religious uses. TITLE II--LYON COUNTY ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AND CONSERVATION ACT Sec. 201. Short title; table of contents.Sec. 202. Land conveyance to Yerington, Nevada.Sec. 203. Addition to National Wilderness Preservation System.Sec. 204. Withdrawal.Sec. 205. Native American cultural and religious uses. TITLE III--CARLIN ECONOMIC SELF-DETERMINATION ACT Sec. 301. Conveyance of certain Federal land to City of Carlin, Nevada. TITLE IV--FERNLEY ECONOMIC SELF-DETERMINATION ACT Sec. 401. Definitions.Sec. 402. Conveyance of certain Federal land to City of Fernley, Nevada.Sec. 403. Release of United States. TITLE V--RESTORING STOREY COUNTY ACT Sec. 501. Short title.Sec. 502. Definitions.Sec. 503. Conveyance of Federal land in Storey County, Nevada. TITLE VI--ELKO MOTOCROSS AND TRIBAL CONVEYANCE ACT Sec. 601. Short title.Sec. 602. Definition of Secretary. Subtitle A--Elko Motocross Land Conveyance Sec. 611. Definitions.Sec. 612. Conveyance of land to Elko County. Subtitle B--Trust Land for Te-moak Tribe of Western Shoshone Indians of Nevada (Elko Band) Sec. 621. Land to be held in trust for the Te-moak Tribe of Western Shoshone Indians of Nevada (Elko Band). TITLE VII--NAVAL AIR STATION FALLON HOUSING AND SAFETY DEVELOPMENT ACT Sec. 701. Short title.Sec. 702. Transfer of Department of the Interior land.Sec. 703. Water rights.Sec. 704. Withdrawal. TITLE I--PINE FOREST RANGE RECREATION ENHANCEMENT ACT SEC. 101. SHORT TITLE. This title may be cited as the `Pine Forest Range Recreation Enhancement Act'. SEC. 102. DEFINITIONS. In this title: (1) COUNTY- The term `County' means Humboldt County, Nevada. (2) MAP- The term `Map' means the map entitled `Proposed Pine Forest Range Wilderness Area' and dated October 28, 2013. (3) SECRETARY- The term `Secretary' means the Secretary of the Interior. (4) STATE- The term `State' means the State of Nevada. (5) WILDERNESS- The term `Wilderness' means the Pine Forest Range Wilderness designated by section 103(a). SEC. 103. ADDITION TO NATIONAL WILDERNESS PRESERVATION SYSTEM. (a) Designation- In furtherance of the purposes of the Wilderness Act (16 U.S.C. 1131 et seq.), the approximately 26,000 acres of Federal land managed by the Bureau of Land Management, as generally depicted on the Map, is designated as wilderness and as a component of the National Wilderness Preservation System, to be known as the `Pine Forest Range Wilderness'. (b) Boundary- (1) ROAD ACCESS- The boundary of any portion of the Wilderness that is bordered by a road shall be 100 feet from the edge of the road. (2) ROAD ADJUSTMENTS- The Secretary shall-- (A) reroute the road running through Long Meadow to the west to remove the road from the riparian area; (B) reroute the road currently running through Rodeo Flat/Corral Meadow to the east to remove the road from the riparian area; (C) except for administrative use, close the road along Lower Alder Creek south of Bureau of Land Management road #2083; (D) manage the access road, through Little Onion Basin, on the east side of the wet meadow to retain travel only on the road existing on the date of the enactment of this Act; and (E) permanently leave open the Cove Creek road to Little Onion Basin, but close connecting spur roads. (3) LITTLE ONION BASIN- Remove Little Onion Basin from the boundaries of the Wilderness and from wilderness designation. (4) RESERVOIR ACCESS- The access road to the Little Onion Reservoir dam will remain open and the boundary of the Wilderness shall be 160 feet downstream from the dam at Little Onion Reservoir to allow public access and dam maintenance. (c) Map and Legal Description- (1) IN GENERAL- As soon as practicable after the date of enactment of this Act, the Secretary shall prepare a map and legal description of the Wilderness. (2) EFFECT- The map and legal description prepared under paragraph (1) shall have the same force and effect as if included in this title, except that the Secretary may correct clerical and typographical errors in the map or legal description. (3) AVAILABILITY- The map and legal description prepared under paragraph (1) shall be on file and available for public inspection in the appropriate offices of the Bureau of Land Management. (d) Withdrawal- Subject to valid existing rights, the Wilderness is withdrawn from-- (1) all forms of entry, appropriation, and disposal under the public land laws; (2) location, entry, and patent under the mining laws; and (3) disposition under all laws relating to mineral and geothermal leasing or mineral materials. SEC. 104. ADMINISTRATION. (a) Management- Subject to valid existing rights, the Wilderness shall be administered by the Secretary in accordance with the Wilderness Act (16 U.S.C. 1131 et seq.), except that-- (1) any reference in the Wilderness Act to the effective date of that Act shall be considered to be a reference to the date of enactment of this Act; and (2) any reference in the Wilderness Act to the Secretary of Agriculture shall be considered to be a reference to the Secretary. (b) Livestock- The grazing of livestock in the Wilderness, if established before the date of enactment of this Act, is compatible with the Wilderness designation and shall continue, subject to such reasonable regulations, policies, and practices as the Secretary considers to be necessary in accordance with-- (1) section 4(d)(4) of the Wilderness Act (16 U.S.C. 1133(d)(4)); and (2) the guidelines set forth in Appendix A of the report of the Committee on Interior and Insular Affairs of the House of Representatives accompanying H.R. 2570 of the 101st Congress (House Report 101-405). (c) Adjacent Management- (1) IN GENERAL- Congress does not intend for the designation of the Wilderness to create a protective perimeter or buffer zone around the Wilderness. (2) NONWILDERNESS ACTIVITIES- The fact that nonwilderness activities or uses can be seen, heard, or detected from areas within the Wilderness shall not preclude, limit, control, regulate or determine the conduct or management of the activities or uses outside the boundary of the Wilderness. (d) Military Overflights- Nothing in this Act restricts or precludes-- (1) low-level overflights of military aircraft over the Wilderness, including military overflights that can be seen, heard, or detected within the Wilderness; (2) flight testing and evaluation; or (3) the designation or creation of new units of special use airspace, or the establishment of military flight training routes, over the Wilderness. (e) Wildfire, Insect, and Disease Management- In accordance with section 4(d)(1) of the Wilderness Act (16 U.S.C. 1133(d)(1)), the Secretary may take such measures in the Wilderness as are necessary for the control of fire, insects, and diseases (including, as the Secretary determines to be appropriate, the coordination of the activities with a State or local agency). (f) Wildfire Management Operations- Nothing in this Act shall be construed to preclude a Federal, State, or local agency from conducting wildfire management or prevention operations (including operations using aircraft or mechanized equipment) or to interfere with the authority of the Secretary to authorize mechanical thinning of trees or underbrush to prevent or control the spread of wildfires or the use of mechanized equipment for wildfire pre-suppression and suppression. (g) Water Rights- (1) PURPOSE- The purpose of this subsection is to protect the wilderness recreation value of the land designated as wilderness by this title by means other than a federally reserved water right. (2) STATUTORY CONSTRUCTION- Nothing in this title-- (A) constitutes an express or implied reservation by the United States of any water or water rights with respect to the Wilderness; (B) affects any water rights in the State (including any water rights held by the United States) in existence on the date of enactment of this Act; (C) establishes a precedent with regard to any future wilderness designations; (D) affects the interpretation of, or any designation made under, any other Act; or (E) limits, alters, modifies, or amends any interstate compact or equitable apportionment decree that apportions water among and between the State and other States. (3) NEVADA WATER LAW- The Secretary shall follow the procedural and substantive requirements of State law in order to obtain and hold any water rights not in existence on the date of enactment of this Act with respect to the Wilderness. (4) NEW PROJECTS- (A) DEFINITION OF WATER RESOURCE FACILITY- (i) IN GENERAL- In this paragraph, the term `water resource facility' means irrigation and pumping facilities, reservoirs, water conservation works, aqueducts, canals, ditches, pipelines, wells, hydropower projects, transmission and other ancillary facilities, and other water diversion, storage, and carriage structures. (ii) EXCLUSION- In this paragraph, the term `water resource facility' does not include wildlife guzzlers. (B) RESTRICTION ON NEW WATER RESOURCE FACILITIES- Except as otherwise provided in this title, on or after the date of enactment of this Act, neither the President nor any other officer, employee, or agent of the United States shall fund, assist, authorize, or issue a license or permit for the development of any new water resource facility within the Wilderness, any portion of which is located in the County. SEC. 105. RELEASE OF WILDERNESS STUDY AREAS. (a) In General- The Blue Lakes and Alder Creek wilderness study areas not designated as wilderness by section 103(a) have been adequately studied for wilderness character and wilderness designation pursuant to section 603 of the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976 (43 U.S.C. 1782) and are no longer subject to any requirement pertaining to the management of wilderness or wilderness study areas, including the approximately 990 acres in the following locations: (1) Lower Adler Creek Basin. (2) Little Onion Basin. (3) Lands east of Knott Creek reservoir. (4) Portions of Corral Meadow and the Blue Lakes trailhead. (b) Release- Any public land described in subsection (a) that is not designated as wilderness by this Act-- (1) is no longer subject to-- (A) section 603(c) of the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976 (43 U.S.C. 1782(c)); and (B) Secretarial Order 3310 issued on December 22, 2010; (2) shall be managed in accordance with-- (A) land management plans adopted under section 202 of the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976 (43 U.S.C. 1712); and (B) cooperative conservation agreements in existence on the date of enactment of this Act; and (3) shall be subject to the Endangered Species Act of 1973 (16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.). SEC. 106. WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT. (a) In General- In accordance with section 4(d)(7) of the Wilderness Act (16 U.S.C. 1133(d)(7)), nothing in this title affects or diminishes the jurisdiction of the State with respect to fish and wildlife management, including the regulation of hunting, fishing, and trapping, in the Wilderness. (b) Management Activities- In furtherance of the purposes and principles of the Wilderness Act (16 U.S.C. 1131 et seq.), the Secretary may conduct any management activities in the Wilderness that are necessary to maintain or restore fish and wildlife populations and the habitats to support those populations, if the activities are carried out-- (1) consistent with relevant wilderness management plans; and (2) in accordance with-- (A) the Wilderness Act (16 U.S.C. 1131 et seq.); and (B) appropriate policies, such as those set forth in Appendix B of the report of the Committee on Interior and Insular Affairs of the House of Representatives accompanying H.R. 2570 of the 101st Congress (House Report 101-405), including the occasional and temporary use of motorized vehicles if the use, as determined by the Secretary, would promote healthy, viable, and more naturally distributed wildlife populations that would enhance wilderness recreation with the minimal impact necessary to reasonably accomplish those tasks, including but not limited to, the hunting or culling of wildlife and access for persons with disabilities. (c) Existing Activities- Consistent with section 4(d)(1) of the Wilderness Act (16 U.S.C. 1133(d)(1)) and in accordance with appropriate policies such as those set forth in Appendix B of the report of the Committee on Interior and Insular Affairs of the House of Representatives accompanying H.R. 2570 of the 101st Congress (House Report 101-405), the State may continue to use aircraft, including helicopters, to survey, capture, transplant, monitor, and provide water for wildlife in the Wilderness. (d) Emergency Closures- Nothing in this title prohibits a Federal land management agency from establishing or implementing emergency closures or restrictions of the smallest practicable area to provide for public safety, resource conservation, national security, or other purposes as authorized by law. Such an emergency closure shall terminate after a reasonable period of time, but no longer than one year, unless converted to a permanent closure consistent with Federal statute. (e) Memorandum of Understanding- (1) IN GENERAL- The State, including a designee of the State, may conduct wildlife management activities in the Wilderness-- (A) in accordance with the terms and conditions specified in the cooperative agreement between the Secretary and the State entitled `Memorandum of Understanding between the Bureau of Land Management and the Nevada Department of Wildlife Supplement No. 9' and signed November and December 2003, including any amendments to the cooperative agreement agreed to by the Secretary and the State; and (B) subject to all applicable laws (including regulations). (2) REFERENCES; CLARK COUNTY- For the purposes of this subsection, any reference to Clark County in the cooperative agreement described in paragraph (1)(A) shall be considered to be a reference to the Pine Forest Range Wilderness. SEC. 107. LAND EXCHANGES. (a) Definitions- In this section: (1) FEDERAL LAND- The term `Federal land' means Federal land in the County that is identified for disposal by the Secretary through the Winnemucca Resource Management Plan. (2) NON-FEDERAL LAND- The term `non-Federal land' means land identified on the Map as `non-Federal lands for exchange'. (b) Acquisition of Land and Interests in Land- Consistent with applicable law and subject to subsection (c), the Secretary may exchange the Federal land for non-Federal land. (c) Conditions- Each land exchange under subsection (a) shall be subject to-- (1) the condition that the owner of the non-Federal land pay not less than 50 percent of all costs relating to the land exchange, including the costs of appraisals, surveys, and any necessary environmental clearances; and (2) such additional terms and conditions as the Secretary may require. (d) Deadline for Completion of Land Exchange- It is the intent of Congress that the land exchanges under this section be completed by not later than 5 years after the date of enactment of this Act. SEC. 108. NATIVE AMERICAN CULTURAL AND RELIGIOUS USES. Nothing in this title alters or diminishes the treaty rights of any Indian tribe (as defined in section 204 of the Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act (25 U.S.C. 450b)). TITLE II--LYON COUNTY ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AND CONSERVATION ACT SEC. 201. SHORT TITLE; TABLE OF CONTENTS. This title may be cited as the `Lyon County Economic Development and Conservation Act'. SEC. 202. LAND CONVEYANCE TO YERINGTON, NEVADA. (a) Definitions- In this section: (1) CITY- The term `City' means the city of Yerington, Nevada. (2) FEDERAL LAND- The term `Federal land' means the land located in Lyon County and Mineral County, Nevada, that is identified on the map as `City of Yerington Sustainable Development Conveyance Lands'. (3) MAP- The term `map' means the map entitled `Yerington Land Conveyance' and dated December 19, 2012. (4) SECRETARY- The term `Secretary' means the Secretary of the Interior. (b) Conveyances of Land to City of Yerington, Nevada- (1) IN GENERAL- Not later than 180 days after the date of enactment of this Act, subject to valid existing rights and notwithstanding the land use planning requirements of sections 202 and 203 of the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976 (43 U.S.C. 1712, 1713), the Secretary shall convey to the City, subject to the agreement of the City, all right, title, and interest of the United States in and to the Federal land identified on the map. (2) APPRAISAL TO DETERMINE FAIR MARKET VALUE- The Secretary shall determine the fair market value of the Federal land to be conveyed-- (A) in accordance with the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976 (43 U.S.C. 1701 et seq.); and (B) based on an appraisal that is conducted in accordance with-- (i) the Uniform Appraisal Standards for Federal Land Acquisition; and (ii) the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice. (3) AVAILABILITY OF MAP- The map shall be on file and available for public inspection in the appropriate offices of the Bureau of Land Management. (4) APPLICABLE LAW- Beginning on the date on which the Federal land is conveyed to the City, the development of and conduct of activities on the Federal land shall be subject to all applicable Federal laws (including regulations). (5) COSTS- As a condition of the conveyance of the Federal land under paragraph (1), the City shall pay-- (A) an amount equal to the appraised value determined in accordance with paragraph (2); and (B) all costs related to the conveyance, including all surveys, appraisals, and other administrative costs associated with the conveyance of the Federal land to the City under paragraph (1). SEC. 203. ADDITION TO NATIONAL WILDERNESS PRESERVATION SYSTEM. (a) Definitions- In this section: (1) COUNTY- The term `County' means Lyon County, Nevada. (2) MAP- The term `map' means the map entitled `Wovoka Wilderness Area' and dated December 18, 2012. (3) SECRETARY- The term `Secretary' means the Secretary of Agriculture. (4) STATE- The term `State' means the State of Nevada. (5) WILDERNESS- The term `Wilderness' means the approximately 47,449 acres to be known as the Wovoka Wilderness designated by subsection (b)(1). (b) Addition to National Wilderness Preservation System- (1) DESIGNATION- In furtherance of the purposes of the Wilderness Act (16 U.S.C. 1131 et seq.), the Federal land managed by the Forest Service, as generally depicted on the Map, is designated as wilderness and as a component of the National Wilderness Preservation System, to be known as the `Wovoka Wilderness'. (2) BOUNDARY- The boundary of any portion of the Wilderness that is bordered by a road shall be 150 feet from the centerline of the road. (3) MAP AND LEGAL DESCRIPTION- (A) IN GENERAL- As soon as practicable after the date of enactment of this Act, the Secretary shall prepare a map and legal description of the Wilderness. (B) EFFECT- The map and legal description prepared under subparagraph (A) shall have the same force and effect as if included in this section, except that the Secretary may correct any clerical and typographical errors in the map or legal description. (C) AVAILABILITY- Each map and legal description prepared under subparagraph (A) shall be on file and available for public inspection in the appropriate offices of the Forest Service. (4) WITHDRAWAL- Subject to valid existing rights, the Wilderness is withdrawn from-- (A) all forms of entry, appropriation, or disposal under the public land laws; (B) location, entry, and patent under the mining laws; and (C) disposition under all laws relating to mineral and geothermal leasing or mineral materials. (c) Administration- (1) MANAGEMENT- Subject to valid existing rights, the Wilderness shall be administered by the Secretary in accordance with the Wilderness Act (16 U.S.C. 1131 et seq.), except that any reference in that Act to the effective date shall be considered to be a reference to the date of enactment of this Act. (2) LIVESTOCK- The grazing of livestock in the Wilderness, if established before the date of enactment of this Act, shall continue, subject to such reasonable regulations, policies, and practices as the Secretary considers to be necessary, in accordance with-- (A) section 4(d)(4) of the Wilderness Act (16 U.S.C. 1133(d)(4)); and (B) the guidelines set forth in Appendix A of the report of the Committee on Interior and Insular Affairs of the House of Representatives accompanying H.R. 2570 of the 101st Congress (House Report 101-405). (3) ADJACENT MANAGEMENT- (A) IN GENERAL- Congress does not intend for the designation of the Wilderness to create a protective perimeter or buffer zone around the Wilderness. (B) NONWILDERNESS ACTIVITIES- The fact that nonwilderness activities or uses can be seen, heard, or detected from areas within the Wilderness shall not preclude, limit, control, regulate, or determine the conduct of the activities or uses outside the boundary of the Wilderness. (4) OVERFLIGHTS- Nothing in this section restricts or precludes-- (A) low-level overflights of aircraft over the Wilderness, including military overflights that can be seen, heard, or detected within the Wilderness; (B) flight testing and evaluation; or (C) the designation or creation of new units of special use airspace, or the establishment of military flight training routes, over the Wilderness. (5) WILDFIRE, INSECT, AND DISEASE MANAGEMENT- In accordance with section 4(d)(1) of the Wilderness Act (16 U.S.C. 1133(d)(1)), the Secretary may take any measures in the Wilderness that the Secretary determines to be necessary for the control of fire, insects, and diseases, including, as the Secretary determines to be appropriate, the coordination of the activities with a State or local agency. (6) WATER RIGHTS- (A) PURPOSE- The purpose of this paragraph is to protect the wilderness values of the Wilderness by means other than a federally reserved water right. (B) STATUTORY CONSTRUCTION- Nothing in this paragraph-- (i) constitutes an express or implied reservation by the United States of any water or water rights with respect to the Wilderness; (ii) affects any water rights in the State (including any water rights held by the United States) in existence on the date of enactment of this Act; (iii) establishes a precedent with regard to any future wilderness designations; (iv) affects the interpretation of, or any designation made under, any other Act; or (v) limits, alters, modifies, or amends any interstate compact or equitable apportionment decree that apportions water among and between the State and other States. (C) NEVADA WATER LAW- The Secretary shall follow the procedural and substantive requirements of State law in order to obtain and hold any water rights not in existence on the date of enactment of this Act with respect to the Wilderness. (D) NEW PROJECTS- (i) DEFINITION OF WATER RESOURCE FACILITY- (I) IN GENERAL- In this subparagraph, the term `water resource facility' means irrigation and pumping facilities, reservoirs, water conservation works, aqueducts, canals, ditches, pipelines, wells, hydropower projects, transmission and other ancillary facilities, and other water diversion, storage, and carriage structures. (II) EXCLUSION- In this subparagraph, the term `water resource facility' does not include wildlife guzzlers. (ii) RESTRICTION ON NEW WATER RESOURCE FACILITIES- (I) IN GENERAL- Except as otherwise provided in this section, on or after the date of enactment of this Act, neither the President nor any officer, employee, or agent of the United States shall fund, assist, authorize, or issue a license or permit for the development of any new water resource facility within the Wilderness, any portion of which is located in the County. (II) EXCEPTION- If a permittee within the Bald Mountain grazing allotment submits an application for the development of water resources for the purpose of livestock watering by the date that is 10 years after the date of enactment of this Act, the Secretary shall issue a water development permit within the non-wilderness boundaries of the Bald Mountain grazing allotment for the purposes of carrying out activities under paragraph (2). (d) Wildlife Management- (1) IN GENERAL- In accordance with section 4(d)(7) of the Wilderness Act (16 U.S.C. 1133(d)(7)), nothing in this section affects or diminishes the jurisdiction of the State with respect to fish and wildlife management, including the regulation of hunting, fishing, and trapping, in the Wilderness. (2) MANAGEMENT ACTIVITIES- In furtherance of the purposes and principles of the Wilderness Act (16 U.S.C. 1131 et seq.), the Secretary may conduct any management activities in the Wilderness that are necessary to maintain or restore fish and wildlife populations and the habitats to support the populations, if the activities are carried out-- (A) consistent with relevant wilderness management plans; and (B) in accordance with-- (i) the Wilderness Act (16 U.S.C. 1131 et seq.); and (ii) appropriate policies, such as those set forth in Appendix B of the report of the Committee on Interior and Insular Affairs of the House of Representatives accompanying H.R. 2570 of the 101st Congress (House Report 101-405), including the occasional and temporary use of motorized vehicles and aircraft, if the use, as determined by the Secretary, would promote healthy, viable, and more naturally distributed wildlife populations that would enhance wilderness values with the minimal impact necessary to reasonably accomplish those tasks, including but not limited to, the hunting or culling of wildlife and access for persons with disabilities. (3) EXISTING ACTIVITIES- Consistent with section 4(d)(1) of the Wilderness Act (16 U.S.C. 1133(d)(1)) and in accordance with appropriate policies such as those set forth in Appendix B of House Report 101-405, the State may continue to use aircraft, including helicopters, to survey, capture, transplant, monitor, and provide water for wildlife populations in the Wilderness. (4) EMERGENCY CLOSURES- Nothing in this title prohibits a Federal land management agency from establishing or implementing emergency closures or restrictions of the smallest practicable area to provide for public safety, resource conservation, national security, or other purposes as authorized by law. Such an emergency closure shall terminate after a reasonable period of time, unless converted to a permanent closure consistent with Federal statute. (5) MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING- The State, including a designee of the State, may conduct wildlife management activities in the Wilderness-- (A) in accordance with the terms and conditions specified in the cooperative agreement between the Secretary and the State entitled `Memorandum of Understanding: Intermountain Region USDA Forest Service and the Nevada Department of Wildlife State of Nevada' and signed by the designee of the State on February 6, 1984, and by the designee of the Secretary on January 24, 1984, including any amendments, appendices, or additions to the agreement agreed to by the Secretary and the State or a designee; and (B) subject to all applicable laws (including regulations). (e) Wildlife Water Development Projects- Subject to subsection (c), the Secretary shall authorize structures and facilities, including existing structures and facilities, for wildlife water development projects (including guzzlers) in the Wilderness if-- (1) the structures and facilities will, as determined by the Secretary, enhance wilderness values by promoting healthy, viable, and more naturally distributed wildlife populations; and (2) the visual impacts of the structures and facilities on the Wilderness can reasonably be minimized. SEC. 204. WITHDRAWAL. (a) Definition of Withdrawal Area- In this section, the term `Withdrawal Area' means the land administered by the Forest Service and identified as `Withdrawal Area' on the map described in section 203(a)(2). (b) Withdrawal- Subject to valid existing rights, all Federal land within the Withdrawal Area is withdrawn from all forms of-- (1) entry, appropriation, or disposal under the public land laws; (2) location, entry, and patent under the mining laws; and (3) operation of the mineral laws, geothermal leasing laws, and mineral materials laws. (c) Motorized and Mechanical Vehicles- (1) IN GENERAL- Subject to paragraph (2), use of motorized and mechanical vehicles in the Withdrawal Area shall be permitted only on roads and trails designated for the use of those vehicles, unless the use of those vehicles is needed-- (A) for administrative purposes; or (B) to respond to an emergency. (2) EXCEPTION- Paragraph (1) does not apply to aircraft (including helicopters). SEC. 205. NATIVE AMERICAN CULTURAL AND RELIGIOUS USES. Nothing in this title alters or diminishes the treaty rights of any Indian tribe (as defined in section 204 of the Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act (25 U.S.C. 450b)). TITLE III--CARLIN ECONOMIC SELF-DETERMINATION ACT SEC. 301. CONVEYANCE OF CERTAIN FEDERAL LAND TO CITY OF CARLIN, NEVADA. (a) Definitions- In this title: (1) CITY- The term `City' means the City of Carlin, Nevada. (2) FEDERAL LAND- The term `Federal land' means the approximately 1329 acres of land located in the City of Carlin, Nevada, that is identified on the map as `Carlin Selected Parcels'. (3) MAP- The term `map' means the map entitled `Proposed Carlin, Nevada Land Sales' map dated October 25, 2013. (b) Conveyance Required- Subject to valid existing rights and notwithstanding the land use planning requirements of sections 202 and 203 of the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976 (43 U.S.C. 1712, 1713), not later than 180 days after the date on which the Secretary of the Interior receives a request from the City for the Federal land, the Secretary shall convey to the City, without consideration, all right, title, and interest of the United States to and in the Federal land. (c) Availability of Map- The map shall be on file and available for public inspection in the appropriate offices of the Bureau of Land Management. (d) Costs- At closing for the conveyance authorized under subsection (b) the City shall pay or reimburse the Secretary, as appropriate, for the reasonable transaction and administrative personnel costs associated with the conveyance authorized under such subsection, including the costs of title searches, maps, and boundary and cadastral surveys. (e) Release of United States- Upon making the conveyance under subsection (b), notwithstanding any other provision of law, the United States is released from any and all liabilities or claims of any kind or nature arising from the presence, release, or threat of release of any hazardous substance, pollutant, contaminant, petroleum product (or derivative of a petroleum product of any kind), solid waste, mine materials or mining related features (including tailings, overburden, waste rock, mill remnants, pits, or other hazards resulting from the presence of mining related features) on the Federal land in existence on or before the date of the conveyance. (f) Withdrawal- Subject to valid existing rights, the Federal land identified for conveyance shall be withdrawn from all forms of-- (1) entry, appropriation, or disposal under the public land laws; (2) location, entry, and patent under the mining laws; and (3) disposition under the mineral leasing, mineral materials and geothermal leasing laws. TITLE IV--FERNLEY ECONOMIC SELF-DETERMINATION ACT SEC. 401. DEFINITIONS. In this title: (1) CITY- The term `City' means the City of Fernley, Nevada. (2) FEDERAL LAND- The term `Federal land' means the land located in the City of Fernley, Nevada, that is identified as `Proposed Sale Parcels' on the map. (3) MAP- The term `map' means the map entitled `Proposed Fernley, Nevada, Land Sales' and dated January 25, 2013. SEC. 402. CONVEYANCE OF CERTAIN FEDERAL LAND TO CITY OF FERNLEY, NEVADA. (a) Conveyance Authorized- Subject to valid existing rights and notwithstanding the land use planning requirements of sections 202 and 203 of the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976 (43 U.S.C. 1712, 1713), not later than 180 days after the date on which the Secretary of the Interior receives a request from the City for the Federal land, the Secretary shall convey to the City, without consideration, all right, title, and interest of the United States to and in the Federal land. (b) Availability of Map- The map shall be on file and available for public inspection in the appropriate offices of the Bureau of Land Management. (c) Reservation of Easements and Rights-of-Way- The City and the Bureau of Reclamation may retain easements or rights-of-way on the Federal land to be conveyed, including easements or rights-of-way that the Bureau of Reclamation determines are necessary to carry out-- (1) the operation and maintenance of the Truckee Canal Irrigation District Canal; or (2) the Newlands Project. (d) Costs- At closing for the conveyance authorized under subsection (a), the City shall pay or reimburse the Secretary, as appropriate, for the reasonable transaction and administrative personnel costs associated with the conveyance authorized under such subsection, including the costs of title searches, maps, and boundary and cadastral surveys. SEC. 403. RELEASE OF UNITED STATES. Upon making the conveyance under section 402, notwithstanding any other provision of law, the United States is released from any and all liabilities or claims of any kind or nature arising from the presence, release, or threat of release of any hazardous substance, pollutant, contaminant, petroleum product (or derivative of a petroleum product of any kind), solid waste, mine materials or mining related features (including tailings, overburden, waste rock, mill remnants, pits, or other hazards resulting from the presence of mining related features) on the Federal land in existence on or before the date of the conveyance. TITLE V--RESTORING STOREY COUNTY ACT SEC. 501. SHORT TITLE. This title may be cited as the `Restoring Storey County Act'. SEC. 502. DEFINITIONS. In this title: (1) COUNTY- The term `County' means Storey County, Nevada. (2) FEDERAL LAND- The term `Federal land' means the approximately 1,745 acres of Federal land identified on the map as `BLM Owned - County Request Transfer'. (3) MAP- The term `map' means the map titled `Restoring Storey County Act' and dated November 20, 2012. (4) SECRETARY- The term `Secretary' means the Secretary of the Interior, acting through the Bureau of Land Management. SEC. 503. CONVEYANCE OF FEDERAL LAND IN STOREY COUNTY, NEVADA. Subject to valid existing rights and notwithstanding the land use planning requirements of sections 202 and 203 of the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976 (43 U.S.C. 1712, 1713), not later than 180 days after the date of the enactment of this Act and if requested by the County, the Secretary shall convey to the County, by quitclaim deed, all surface rights of the United States in and to the Federal land, including any improvements thereon. All costs associated with the conveyance under this section shall be the responsibility of the Bureau of Land Management. TITLE VI--ELKO MOTOCROSS AND TRIBAL CONVEYANCE ACT SEC. 601. SHORT TITLE. This title may be cited as the `Elko Motocross and Tribal Conveyance Act'. SEC. 602. DEFINITION OF SECRETARY. In this title, the term `Secretary' means the Secretary of the Interior, acting through the Bureau of Land Management. Subtitle A--Elko Motocross Land Conveyance SEC. 611. DEFINITIONS. In this subtitle: (1) COUNTY- The term `county' means the county of Elko, Nevada. (2) MAP- The term `map' means the map entitled `Elko Motocross Park' and dated April 19, 2013. SEC. 612. CONVEYANCE OF LAND TO ELKO COUNTY. (a) In General- As soon as practicable after the date of enactment of this Act, subject to valid existing rights and the provisions of this section, if requested by the county the Secretary shall convey to the county, without consideration, all right, title, and interest of the United States in and to the land described in subsection (b). (b) Description of Land- The land referred to in subsection (a) consists of approximately 275 acres of land managed by the Bureau of Land Management, Elko District, Nevada, as generally depicted on the map as `Elko Motocross Park'. (c) Map and Legal Description- (1) IN GENERAL- As soon as practicable after the date of enactment of this Act, the Secretary shall finalize the legal description of the parcel to be conveyed under this section. (2) MINOR ERRORS- The Secretary may correct any minor error in the map or the legal description. (3) AVAILABILITY- The map and legal description shall be on file and available for public inspection in the appropriate offices of the Bureau of Land Management. (d) Use of Conveyed Land- The land conveyed under this subtitle shall be used only as a motocross, bicycle, off-highway vehicle, or stock car racing area, or for any other public purpose consistent with uses allowed under the Act of June 14, 1926 (commonly known as the `Recreation and Public Purposes Act') (43 U.S.C. 869 et seq.). (e) Administrative Costs- The Secretary shall require the county to pay all survey costs and other administrative costs necessary for the preparation and completion of any patents for, and transfers of title to, the land described in subsection (b). Subtitle B--Trust Land for Te-moak Tribe of Western Shoshone Indians of Nevada (Elko Band) SEC. 621. LAND TO BE HELD IN TRUST FOR THE TE-MOAK TRIBE OF WESTERN SHOSHONE INDIANS OF NEVADA (ELKO BAND). (a) In General- Subject to valid existing rights, all right, title, and interest of the United States in and to the land described in subsection (b)-- (1) shall be held in trust by the United States for the benefit and use of the Te-moak Tribe of Western Shoshone Indians of Nevada (Elko Band) (referred to in this subtitle as the `Tribe'); and (2) shall be part of the reservation of the Tribe. (b) Description of Land- The land referred to in subsection (a) is the approximately 373 acres of land administered by the Bureau of Land Management, as generally depicted on the map as `Expansion Area'. (c) Map- The term `map' means the map entitled `Te-moak Tribal Land Expansion', dated April 19, 2013. This map shall be on file and available for public inspection in the appropriate offices of the Bureau of Land Management. (d) Survey- Not later than 180 days after the date of enactment of this Act, the Secretary shall complete a survey of the boundary lines to establish the boundaries of the land taken into trust under subsection (a). (e) Use of Trust Land- (1) GAMING- Land taken into trust under subsection (a) shall not be eligible, or considered to have been taken into trust, for class II gaming or class III gaming (as those terms are defined in section 4 of the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act (25 U.S.C. 2703)). (2) GENERAL USES- (A) IN GENERAL- The Tribe shall use the land taken into trust under subsection (a) only for-- (i) traditional and customary uses; (ii) stewardship conservation for the benefit of the Tribe; or (iii) residential or recreational development. (B) OTHER USES- If the Tribe uses any portion of the land taken into trust under subsection (a) for a purpose other than a purpose described in subparagraph (A), the Tribe shall pay to the Secretary an amount that is equal to the fair market value of the portion of the land, as determined by an appraisal. (3) THINNING; LANDSCAPE RESTORATION- With respect to the land taken into trust under subsection (a), the Secretary, in consultation and coordination with the Tribe, may carry out any fuels reduction and other landscape restoration activities on the land that is beneficial to the Tribe and the Bureau of Land Management. TITLE VII--NAVAL AIR STATION FALLON HOUSING AND SAFETY DEVELOPMENT ACT SEC. 701. SHORT TITLE. This title may be cited as the `Naval Air Station Fallon Housing and Safety Development Act'. SEC. 702. TRANSFER OF DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR LAND. (a) In General- Not later than 180 days after the date of enactment of this Act, the Secretary of the Interior shall transfer to the Secretary of the Navy, without reimbursement, the Federal land described in subsection (b). (b) Description of Federal Land- The Federal land referred to in subsection (a) is the parcel of approximately 400 acres of land under the jurisdiction of the Secretary of the Interior that-- (1) is adjacent to Naval Air Station Fallon in Churchill County, Nevada; and (2) was withdrawn under Public Land Order 6834 (NV-943-4214-10; N-37875). (c) Management- On transfer of the Federal land described under subsection (b) to the Secretary of the Navy, the Secretary of the Navy shall have full jurisdiction, custody, and control of the Federal land. SEC. 703. WATER RIGHTS. (a) Water Rights- Nothing in this title shall be construed-- (1) to establish a reservation in favor of the United States with respect to any water or water right on lands transferred by this title; or (2) to authorize the appropriation of water on lands transferred by this title except in accordance with applicable State law. (b) Effect on Previously Acquired or Reserved Water Rights- This section shall not be construed to affect any water rights acquired or reserved by the United States before the date of the enactment of this Act. SEC. 704. WITHDRAWAL. Subject to valid existing rights, the Federal land to be transferred under section 702 is withdrawn from all forms of appropriation under the public land laws, including the mining laws and the mineral leasing and geothermal leasing laws, so long as the land remains under the administrative jurisdiction of the Secretary of the Navy. Union Calendar No. 440 113th CONGRESS2d SessionH. R. 5205[Report No. 113-593]A BILL To authorize certain land conveyances involving public lands in northern Nevada to promote economic development and conservation, and for other purposes. September 15, 2014Reported with an amendment, committed to the Committee of the Whole House on the State of the Union, and ordered to be printed
H.Res.5167 Jul-22-14
STATUS: July 22, 2014.--Introduced. H.R.5167 To direct the Secretary of the Interior to convey certain Federal property located in the National Petroleum Reserve in Alaska to the Olgoonik Corporation, an Alaska Native Corporation... (Referred in Senate - RFS) HR 5167 RFS 113th CONGRESS2d Session H. R. 5167IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATESNovember 17, 2014 Received; read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources AN ACT To direct the Secretary of the Interior to convey certain Federal property located in the National Petroleum Reserve in Alaska to the Olgoonik Corporation, an Alaska Native Corporation established under the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, SECTION 1. CONVEYANCE FEDERAL PROPERTY LOCATED IN THE NATIONAL PETROLEUM RESERVE IN ALASKA. (a) In General- Not later than 180 days after the date of the enactment of this Act and after completion of the appraisal described in this section, the Secretary of the Interior shall convey to the Corporation by quitclaim deed for the consideration described in subsection (c), all right, title, and interest of the United States in and to a parcel of real property described in subsection (b). (b) Legal Description of Property- The parcel to be conveyed under subsection (a) consists of approximately 1,518 acres and improvements comprising a former Distant Early Warning Line site in the National Petroleum Reserve in Alaska near Wainwright, Alaska, and described as United States Survey Number 5252 located within the Umiat Meridian in-- (1) Sections 3 and 4 within Township 14 North, Range 31 West; (2) Sections 17, 18, 20, 21, 26, 27, 28, 33, 34, and 35 within Township 15 North, Range 31 West; and (3) Section 13 within Township 15 North; Range 32. (c) Terms and Conditions- (1) CONSIDERATION- (A) IN GENERAL- As consideration for the conveyance of the property under subsection (a), the Corporation shall pay to the Secretary an amount not less than the fair market value of the conveyed property, to be determined as provided in subparagraph (B). (B) APPRAISAL- The fair market value of the property to be conveyed under subsection (a) shall be determined based on an appraisal that-- (i) is conducted by a licensed, independent appraiser that is approved by the Secretary and the Corporation; (ii) is based on the highest and best use of the property; (iii) is approved by the Secretary; and (iv) is paid for by the Corporation. (2) PRE-CONVEYANCE ENTRY- The Secretary, on terms and conditions the Secretary determines to be appropriate, may authorize the Corporation to enter the property at no charge for pre-construction and construction activities. (3) ADDITIONAL TERMS AND CONDITIONS- The Secretary may require additional terms and conditions in connection with the conveyance under subsection (a) as the Secretary considers appropriate to protect the interests of the United States. (d) Exemption- Section 102 of the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (42 U.S.C. 4332) shall not apply to any conveyance of property under this section. (e) Corporation Defined- In this section, the term `Corporation' means the Olgoonik Corporation, an Alaska Native Corporation established under the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act (43 U.S.C. 1601 et seq.). Passed the House of Representatives November 13, 2014. Attest: KAREN L. HAAS, Clerk.
H.Res.5120 Jul-16-14
STATUS July 16, 2014.--Introduced in House. July 22, 2014.--Passed House by voice vote. July 23, 2014.--Referred to Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources. H.R.5120 Department of Energy Laboratory Modernization and Technology Transfer Act of 2014 (Engrossed in House [Passed House] - EH) HR 5120 EH 113th CONGRESS2d Session H. R. 5120AN ACT To improve management of the National Laboratories, enhance technology commercialization, facilitate public-private partnerships, and for other purposes. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE; TABLE OF CONTENTS. (a) Short Title- This Act may be cited as the `Department of Energy Laboratory Modernization and Technology Transfer Act of 2014'. (b) Table of Contents- The table of contents of this Act is as follows: Sec. 1. Short title; table of contents. Sec. 2. Definitions. Sec. 3. Savings clause. TITLE I--INNOVATION MANAGEMENT AT DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY Sec. 101. Under Secretary for Science and Energy. Sec. 102. Technology transfer assessment. Sec. 103. Sense of Congress. TITLE II--CROSS-SECTOR PARTNERSHIPS AND GRANT COMPETITIVENESS Sec. 201. Agreements for Commercializing Technology pilot program. Sec. 202. Public-private partnerships for commercialization. Sec. 203. Inclusion of early-stage technology demonstration in authorized technology transfer activities. Sec. 204. Funding competitiveness for institutions of higher education and other nonprofit institutions. Sec. 205. Participation in the Innovation Corps program. TITLE III--ASSESSMENT OF IMPACT Sec. 301. Report by Government Accountability Office. SEC. 2. DEFINITIONS. In this Act: (1) DEPARTMENT- The term `Department' means the Department of Energy. (2) NATIONAL LABORATORIES- The term `National Laboratory' means a Department of Energy nonmilitary national laboratory, including-- (A) Ames Laboratory; (B) Argonne National Laboratory; (C) Brookhaven National Laboratory; (D) Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory; (E) Idaho National Laboratory; (F) Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory; (G) National Energy Technology Laboratory; (H) National Renewable Energy Laboratory; (I) Oak Ridge National Laboratory; (J) Pacific Northwest National Laboratory; (K) Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory; (L) Savannah River National Laboratory; (M) Stanford Linear Accelerator Center; (N) Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility; and (O) any laboratory operated by the National Nuclear Security Administration, but only with respect to the civilian energy activities thereof. (3) SECRETARY- The term `Secretary' means the Secretary of Energy. SEC. 3. SAVINGS CLAUSE. Nothing in this Act or an amendment made by this Act abrogates or otherwise affects the primary responsibilities of any National Laboratory to the Department. TITLE I--INNOVATION MANAGEMENT AT DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY SEC. 101. UNDER SECRETARY FOR SCIENCE AND ENERGY. (a) In General- Section 202(b) of the Department of Energy Organization Act (42 U.S.C. 7132(b)) is amended-- (1) by striking `Under Secretary for Science' each place it appears and inserting `Under Secretary for Science and Energy'; and (2) in paragraph (4)-- (A) in subparagraph (F), by striking `and' at the end; (B) in subparagraph (G), by striking the period at the end and inserting a semicolon; and (C) by inserting after subparagraph (G) the following: `(H) establish appropriate linkages between offices under the jurisdiction of the Under Secretary; and `(I) perform such functions and duties as the Secretary shall prescribe, consistent with this section.'. (b) Conforming Amendments- (1) Section 3164(b)(1) of the Department of Energy Science Education Enhancement Act (42 U.S.C. 7381a(b)(1)) is amended by striking `Under Secretary for Science' and inserting `Under Secretary for Science and Energy'. (2) Section 641(h)(2) of the United States Energy Storage Competitiveness Act of 2007 (42 U.S.C. 17231(h)(2)) is amended by striking `Under Secretary for Science' and inserting `Under Secretary for Science and Energy'. SEC. 102. TECHNOLOGY TRANSFER ASSESSMENT. Not later than 180 days after the date of enactment of this Act, the Secretary shall transmit to the Committee on Science, Space, and Technology of the House of Representatives and the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources of the Senate a report which shall include-- (1) an assessment of the Department's current ability to carry out the goals of section 1001 of the Energy Policy Act of 2005 (42 U.S.C. 16391), including an assessment of the role and effectiveness of the Technology Transfer Coordinator position; and (2) recommended departmental policy changes and legislative changes to section 1001 of the Energy Policy Act of 2005 (42 U.S.C. 16391) to improve the Department's ability to successfully transfer new energy technologies to the private sector. SEC. 103. SENSE OF CONGRESS. It is the sense of the Congress that-- (1) the establishment of the independent Commission to Review the Effectiveness of the National Energy Laboratories under section 319 of title III of division D of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2014, is an important step towards developing a coordinated strategy for the National Laboratories in the 21st century; (2) Congress looks forward to-- (A) receiving the findings and conclusions of the Commission; and (B) engaging with the Administration-- (i) in strengthening the mission of the National Laboratories; and (ii) to reform and modernize the operations and management of the National Laboratories; and (3) the Secretary should encourage the National Laboratories and federally funded research and development centers to inform small businesses of the opportunities and resources that exist pursuant to this Act. TITLE II--CROSS-SECTOR PARTNERSHIPS AND GRANT COMPETITIVENESS SEC. 201. AGREEMENTS FOR COMMERCIALIZING TECHNOLOGY PILOT PROGRAM. (a) In General- The Secretary shall carry out the Agreements for Commercializing Technology pilot program of the Department, as announced by the Secretary on December 8, 2011, in accordance with this section. (b) Terms- Each agreement entered into pursuant to the pilot program referred to in subsection (a) shall provide to the contractor of the applicable National Laboratory, to the maximum extent determined to be appropriate by the Secretary, increased authority to negotiate contract terms, such as intellectual property rights, payment structures, performance guarantees, and multiparty collaborations. (c) Eligibility- (1) IN GENERAL- Any director of a National Laboratory may enter into an agreement pursuant to the pilot program referred to in subsection (a). (2) AGREEMENTS WITH NON-FEDERAL ENTITIES- To carry out paragraph (1) and subject to paragraph (3), the Secretary shall permit the directors of the National Laboratories to execute agreements with a non-Federal entity, including a non-Federal entity already receiving Federal funding that will be used to support activities under agreements executed pursuant to paragraph (1), provided that such funding is solely used to carry out the purposes of the Federal award. (3) RESTRICTION- The requirements of chapter 18 of title 35, United States Code (commonly known as the `Bayh-Dole Act') shall apply if-- (A) the agreement is a funding agreement (as that term is defined in section 201 of that title); and (B) at least 1 of the parties to the funding agreement is eligible to receive rights under that chapter. (d) Submission to Secretary- Each affected director of a National Laboratory shall submit to the Secretary, with respect to each agreement entered into under this section-- (1) a summary of information relating to the relevant project; (2) the total estimated costs of the project; (3) estimated commencement and completion dates of the project; and (4) other documentation determined to be appropriate by the Secretary. (e) Certification- The Secretary shall require the contractor of the affected National Laboratory to certify that each activity carried out under a project for which an agreement is entered into under this section-- (1) is not in direct competition with the private sector; and (2) does not present, or minimizes, any apparent conflict of interest, and avoids or neutralizes any actual conflict of interest, as a result of the agreement under this section. (f) Extension- The pilot program referred to in subsection (a) shall be extended for a term of 2 years after the date of enactment of this Act. (g) Reports- (1) OVERALL ASSESSMENT- Not later than 60 days after the date described in subsection (f), the Secretary, in coordination with directors of the National Laboratories, shall submit to the Committee on Science, Space, and Technology of the House of Representatives and the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources of the Senate a report that-- (A) assesses the overall effectiveness of the pilot program referred to in subsection (a); (B) identifies opportunities to improve the effectiveness of the pilot program; (C) assesses the potential for program activities to interfere with the responsibilities of the National Laboratories to the Department; and (D) provides a recommendation regarding the future of the pilot program. (2) TRANSPARENCY- The Secretary, in coordination with directors of the National Laboratories, shall submit to the Committee on Science, Space, and Technology of the House of Representatives and the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources of the Senate an annual report that accounts for all incidences of, and provides a justification for, non-Federal entities using funds derived from a Federal contract or award to carry out agreements pursuant to this section. SEC. 202. PUBLIC-PRIVATE PARTNERSHIPS FOR COMMERCIALIZATION. (a) In General- Subject to subsections (b) and (c), the Secretary shall delegate to directors of the National Laboratories signature authority with respect to any agreement described in subsection (b) the total cost of which (including the National Laboratory contributions and project recipient cost share) is less than $1,000,000. (b) Agreements- Subsection (a) applies to-- (1) a cooperative research and development agreement; (2) a non-Federal work-for-others agreement; and (3) any other agreement determined to be appropriate by the Secretary, in collaboration with the directors of the National Laboratories. (c) Administration- (1) ACCOUNTABILITY- The director of the affected National Laboratory and the affected contractor shall carry out an agreement under this section in accordance with applicable policies of the Department, including by ensuring that the agreement does not compromise any national security, economic, or environmental interest of the United States. (2) CERTIFICATION- The director of the affected National Laboratory and the affected contractor shall certify that each activity carried out under a project for which an agreement is entered into under this section does not present, or minimizes, any apparent conflict of interest, and avoids or neutralizes any actual conflict of interest, as a result of the agreement under this section. (3) AVAILABILITY OF RECORDS- On entering an agreement under this section, the director of a National Laboratory shall submit to the Secretary for monitoring and review all records of the National Laboratory relating to the agreement. (4) RATES- The director of a National Laboratory may charge higher rates for services performed under a partnership agreement entered into pursuant to this section, regardless of the full cost of recovery, if such funds are used exclusively to support further research and development activities at the respective National Laboratory. (d) Conforming Amendment- Section 12 of the Stevenson-Wydler Technology Innovation Act of 1980 (15 U.S.C. 3710a) is amended-- (1) in subsection (a)-- (A) by redesignating paragraphs (1) and (2) as subparagraphs (A) and (B), respectively, and indenting the subparagraphs appropriately; (B) by striking `Each Federal agency' and inserting the following: `(1) IN GENERAL- Except as provided in paragraph (2), each Federal agency'; and (C) by adding at the end the following: `(2) EXCEPTION- Notwithstanding paragraph (1), in accordance with section 202(a) of the Department of Energy Laboratory Modernization and Technology Transfer Act of 2014, approval by the Secretary of Energy shall not be required for any technology transfer agreement proposed to be entered into by a National Laboratory of the Department of Energy, the total cost of which (including the National Laboratory contributions and project recipient cost share) is less than $1,000,000.'; and (2) in subsection (b), by striking `subsection (a)(1)' each place it appears and inserting `subsection (a)(1)(A)'. SEC. 203. INCLUSION OF EARLY-STAGE TECHNOLOGY DEMONSTRATION IN AUTHORIZED TECHNOLOGY TRANSFER ACTIVITIES. Section 1001 of the Energy Policy Act of 2005 (42 U.S.C. 16391) is amended by-- (1) redesignating subsection (g) as subsection (h); and (2) inserting after subsection (f) the following: `(g) Early-Stage Technology Demonstration- The Secretary shall permit the directors of the National Laboratories to use funds authorized to support technology transfer within the Department to carry out early-stage and pre-commercial technology demonstration activities to remove technology barriers that limit private sector interest and demonstrate potential commercial applications of any research and technologies arising from National Laboratory activities.'. SEC. 204. FUNDING COMPETITIVENESS FOR INSTITUTIONS OF HIGHER EDUCATION AND OTHER NONPROFIT INSTITUTIONS. Section 988(b) of the Energy Policy Act of 2005 (42 U.S.C. 16352(b)) is amended-- (1) in paragraph (1), by striking `Except as provided in paragraphs (2) and (3)' and inserting `Except as provided in paragraphs (2), (3), and (4)'; and (2) by adding at the end the following: `(4) EXEMPTION FOR INSTITUTIONS OF HIGHER EDUCATION AND OTHER NONPROFIT INSTITUTIONS- `(A) IN GENERAL- Paragraph (1) shall not apply to a research or development activity performed by an institution of higher education or nonprofit institution (as defined in section 4 of the Stevenson-Wydler Technology Innovation Act of 1980 (15 U.S.C. 3703)). `(B) TERMINATION DATE- The exemption under subparagraph (A) shall apply during the 6-year period beginning on the date of enactment of this paragraph.'. SEC. 205. PARTICIPATION IN THE INNOVATION CORPS PROGRAM. The Secretary may enter into an agreement with the Director of the National Science Foundation to enable researchers funded by the Department to participate in the National Science Foundation Innovation Corps program. TITLE III--ASSESSMENT OF IMPACT SEC. 301. REPORT BY GOVERNMENT ACCOUNTABILITY OFFICE. Not later than 3 years after the date of enactment of this Act, the Comptroller General of the United States shall submit to Congress a report-- (1) describing the results of the projects developed under sections 201, 202, and 203, including information regarding-- (A) partnerships initiated as a result of those projects and the potential linkages presented by those partnerships with respect to national priorities and other taxpayer-funded research; and (B) whether the activities carried out under those projects result in-- (i) fiscal savings; (ii) expansion of National Laboratory capabilities; (iii) increased efficiency of technology transfers; or (iv) an increase in general efficiency of the National Laboratory system; and (2) assess the scale, scope, efficacy, and impact of the Department's efforts to promote technology transfer and private sector engagement at the National Laboratories, and make recommendations on how the Department can improve these activities. Passed the House of Representatives July 22, 2014. Attest: Clerk. 113th CONGRESS2d SessionH. R. 5120AN ACT To improve management of the National Laboratories, enhance technology commercialization, facilitate public-private partnerships, and for other purposes.
H.Res.5057 Sep-17-14
Status: July 10, 2014.--Introduced in House. September 11, 2014.--Pass House by voice vote. September 15, 2014.--Referred to Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources. H.R.5057 EPS Service Parts Act of 2014 (Referred in Senate - RFS) HR 5057 RFS 113th CONGRESS2d Session H. R. 5057IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATESSeptember 15, 2014 Received; read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources AN ACT To amend the Energy Policy and Conservation Act to permit exemptions for external power supplies from certain efficiency standards, and for other purposes. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE. This Act may be cited as the `EPS Service Parts Act of 2014'. SEC. 2. EXEMPT SUPPLIES. Section 325(u) of the Energy Policy and Conservation Act (42 U.S.C. 6295(u)) is amended by adding at the end the following: `(5) EXEMPT SUPPLIES- `(A) FEBRUARY 10, 2014, RULE- `(i) IN GENERAL- An external power supply shall not be subject to the final rule entitled `Energy Conservation Program: Energy Conservation Standards for External Power Supplies', published at 79 Fed. Reg. 7845 (February 10, 2014), if the external power supply-- `(I) is manufactured during the period beginning on February 10, 2016, and ending on February 10, 2020; `(II) is marked in accordance with the External Power Supply International Efficiency Marking Protocol, as in effect on February 10, 2016; `(III) meets, where applicable, the standards under paragraph (3)(A), and has been certified to the Secretary as meeting International Efficiency Level IV or higher of the External Power Supply International Efficiency Marking Protocol, as in effect on February 10, 2016; and `(IV) is made available by the manufacturer as a service part or a spare part for an end-use product that-- `(aa) constitutes the primary load; and `(bb) was manufactured before February 10, 2016. `(ii) REPORTING- The Secretary may require manufacturers of products exempted pursuant to clause (i) to report annual total units shipped as service and spare parts that fall below International Efficiency Level VI. `(iii) LIMITATION OF EXEMPTION- The Secretary may issue a rule, after providing public notice and opportunity for public comment, to limit the applicability of the exemption established under clause (i) if the Secretary determines that the exemption is resulting in a significant reduction of the energy savings that would otherwise result from the final rule described in such clause. `(B) AMENDED STANDARDS- `(i) IN GENERAL- The Secretary may exempt an external power supply from any amended standard under this subsection if the external power supply-- `(I) is manufactured within four years of the compliance date of the amended standard; `(II) complies with applicable marking requirements adopted by the Secretary prior to the amendment; `(III) meets the standards that were in effect prior to the amendment; and `(IV) is made available by the manufacturer as a service part or a spare part for an end-use product that-- `(aa) constitutes the primary load; and `(bb) was manufactured before the compliance date of the amended standard. `(ii) REPORTING- The Secretary may require manufacturers of a product exempted pursuant to clause (i) to report annual total units shipped as service and spare parts that do not meet the amended standard.'. Passed the House of Representatives September 11, 2014. Attest: KAREN L. HAAS, Clerk.
H.Res.4899 Jun-19-14
STATUS: June 19, 2014.--Introduced. June 26, 2014.--Passed in House by recorded vote: 229 - 185 (Roll no. 368). June 26, 2014.--Referred to Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources. H.R. 4899 Lowering Gasoline Prices to Fuel an America That Works Act of 2014 (Engrossed in House [Passed House] - EH) HR 4899 EH 113th CONGRESS2d Session H. R. 4899AN ACT To lower gasoline prices for the American family by increasing domestic onshore and offshore energy exploration and production, to streamline and improve onshore and offshore energy permitting and administration, and for other purposes. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE. This Act may be cited as the `Lowering Gasoline Prices to Fuel an America That Works Act of 2014'. SEC. 2. TABLE OF CONTENTS. The table of contents for this Act is the following: Sec. 1. Short title. Sec. 2. Table of contents. TITLE I--OFFSHORE ENERGY AND JOBS Subtitle A--Outer Continental Shelf Leasing Program Reforms Sec. 10101. Outer Continental Shelf leasing program reforms. Sec. 10102. Domestic oil and natural gas production goal. Sec. 10103. Development and submittal of new 5-year oil and gas leasing program. Sec. 10104. Rule of construction. Sec. 10105. Addition of lease sales after finalization of 5-year plan. Subtitle B--Directing the President To Conduct New OCS Sales Sec. 10201. Requirement to conduct proposed oil and gas Lease Sale 220 on the Outer Continental Shelf offshore Virginia. Sec. 10202. South Carolina lease sale. Sec. 10203. Southern California existing infrastructure lease sale. Sec. 10204. Environmental impact statement requirement. Sec. 10205. National defense. Sec. 10206. Eastern Gulf of Mexico not included. Subtitle C--Equitable Sharing of Outer Continental Shelf Revenues Sec. 10301. Disposition of Outer Continental Shelf revenues to coastal States. Subtitle D--Reorganization of Minerals Management Agencies of the Department of the Interior Sec. 10401. Establishment of Under Secretary for Energy, Lands, and Minerals and Assistant Secretary of Ocean Energy and Safety. Sec. 10402. Bureau of Ocean Energy. Sec. 10403. Ocean Energy Safety Service. Sec. 10404. Office of Natural Resources revenue. Sec. 10405. Ethics and drug testing. Sec. 10406. Abolishment of Minerals Management Service. Sec. 10407. Conforming amendments to Executive Schedule pay rates. Sec. 10408. Outer Continental Shelf Energy Safety Advisory Board. Sec. 10409. Outer Continental Shelf inspection fees. Sec. 10410. Prohibition on action based on National Ocean Policy developed under Executive Order No. 13547. Subtitle E--United States Territories Sec. 10501. Application of Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act with respect to territories of the United States. Subtitle F--Miscellaneous Provisions Sec. 10601. Rules regarding distribution of revenues under Gulf of Mexico Energy Security Act of 2006. Sec. 10602. Amount of distributed qualified outer Continental Shelf revenues. Sec. 10603. South Atlantic Outer Continental Shelf Planning Area defined. Sec. 10604. Enhancing geological and geophysical information for America's energy future. Subtitle G--Judicial Review Sec. 10701. Time for filing complaint. Sec. 10702. District court deadline. Sec. 10703. Ability to seek appellate review. Sec. 10704. Limitation on scope of review and relief. Sec. 10705. Legal fees. Sec. 10706. Exclusion. Sec. 10707. Definitions. TITLE II--ONSHORE FEDERAL LANDS AND ENERGY SECURITY Subtitle A--Federal Lands Jobs and Energy Security Sec. 21001. Short title. Sec. 21002. Policies regarding buying, building, and working for America. Chapter 1--Onshore Oil and Gas Permit Streamlining Sec. 21101. Short title. subchapter a--application for permits to drill process reform Sec. 21111. Permit to drill application timeline. subchapter b--administrative protest documentation reform Sec. 21121. Administrative protest documentation reform. subchapter c--permit streamlining Sec. 21131. Making pilot offices permanent to improve energy permitting on Federal lands. Sec. 21132. Administration of current law. subchapter d--judicial review Sec. 21141. Definitions. Sec. 21142. Exclusive venue for certain civil actions relating to covered energy projects. Sec. 21143. Timely filing. Sec. 21144. Expedition in hearing and determining the action. Sec. 21145. Standard of review. Sec. 21146. Limitation on injunction and prospective relief. Sec. 21147. Limitation on attorneys' fees. Sec. 21148. Legal standing. subchapter e--knowing america's oil and gas resources Sec. 21151. Funding oil and gas resource assessments. Chapter 2--Oil and Gas Leasing Certainty Sec. 21201. Short title. Sec. 21202. Minimum acreage requirement for onshore lease sales. Sec. 21203. Leasing certainty. Sec. 21204. Leasing consistency. Sec. 21205. Reduce redundant policies. Sec. 21206. Streamlined congressional notification. Chapter 3--Oil Shale Sec. 21301. Short title. Sec. 21302. Effectiveness of oil shale regulations, amendments to resource management plans, and record of decision. Sec. 21303. Oil shale leasing. Chapter 4--Miscellaneous Provisions Sec. 21401. Rule of construction. Subtitle B--Planning for American Energy Sec. 22001. Short title. Sec. 22002. Onshore domestic energy production strategic plan. Subtitle C--National Petroleum Reserve in Alaska Access Sec. 23001. Short title. Sec. 23002. Sense of Congress and reaffirming national policy for the National Petroleum Reserve in Alaska. Sec. 23003. National Petroleum Reserve in Alaska: lease sales. Sec. 23004. National Petroleum Reserve in Alaska: planning and permitting pipeline and road construction. Sec. 23005. Issuance of a new integrated activity plan and environmental impact statement. Sec. 23006. Departmental accountability for development. Sec. 23007. Deadlines under new proposed integrated activity plan. Sec. 23008. Updated resource assessment. Subtitle D--BLM Live Internet Auctions Sec. 24001. Short title. Sec. 24002. Internet-based onshore oil and gas lease sales. TITLE III--MISCELLANEOUS PROVISIONS Sec. 30101. Establishment of Office of Energy Employment and Training. TITLE I--OFFSHORE ENERGY AND JOBSSubtitle A--Outer Continental Shelf Leasing Program Reforms SEC. 10101. OUTER CONTINENTAL SHELF LEASING PROGRAM REFORMS. Section 18(a) of the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act (43 U.S.C. 1344(a)) is amended by adding at the end the following: `(5)(A) In each oil and gas leasing program under this section, the Secretary shall make available for leasing and conduct lease sales including at least 50 percent of the available unleased acreage within each outer Continental Shelf planning area considered to have the largest undiscovered, technically recoverable oil and gas resources (on a total btu basis) based upon the most recent national geologic assessment of the outer Continental Shelf, with an emphasis on offering the most geologically prospective parts of the planning area. `(B) The Secretary shall include in each proposed oil and gas leasing program under this section any State subdivision of an outer Continental Shelf planning area that the Governor of the State that represents that subdivision requests be made available for leasing. The Secretary may not remove such a subdivision from the program until publication of the final program, and shall include and consider all such subdivisions in any environmental review conducted and statement prepared for such program under section 102(2) of the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (42 U.S.C. 4332(2)). `(C) In this paragraph the term `available unleased acreage' means that portion of the outer Continental Shelf that is not under lease at the time of a proposed lease sale, and that has not otherwise been made unavailable for leasing by law. `(6)(A) In the 5-year oil and gas leasing program, the Secretary shall make available for leasing any outer Continental Shelf planning areas that-- `(i) are estimated to contain more than 2,500,000,000 barrels of oil; or `(ii) are estimated to contain more than 7,500,000,000,000 cubic feet of natural gas. `(B) To determine the planning areas described in subparagraph (A), the Secretary shall use the document entitled `Minerals Management Service Assessment of Undiscovered Technically Recoverable Oil and Gas Resources of the Nation's Outer Continental Shelf, 2006'.'. SEC. 10102. DOMESTIC OIL AND NATURAL GAS PRODUCTION GOAL. Section 18(b) of the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act (43 U.S.C. 1344(b)) is amended to read as follows: `(b) Domestic Oil and Natural Gas Production Goal- - `(1) IN GENERAL- In developing a 5-year oil and gas leasing program, and subject to paragraph (2), the Secretary shall determine a domestic strategic production goal for the development of oil and natural gas as a result of that program. Such goal shall be-- `(A) the best estimate of the possible increase in domestic production of oil and natural gas from the outer Continental Shelf; `(B) focused on meeting domestic demand for oil and natural gas and reducing the dependence of the United States on foreign energy; and `(C) focused on the production increases achieved by the leasing program at the end of the 15-year period beginning on the effective date of the program. `(2) PROGRAM GOAL- For purposes of the 5-year oil and gas leasing program, the production goal referred to in paragraph (1) shall be an increase by 2032 of-- `(A) no less than 3,000,000 barrels in the amount of oil produced per day; and `(B) no less than 10,000,000,000 cubic feet in the amount of natural gas produced per day. `(3) REPORTING- The Secretary shall report annually, beginning at the end of the 5-year period for which the program applies, to the Committee on Natural Resources of the House of Representatives and the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources of the Senate on the progress of the program in meeting the production goal. The Secretary shall identify in the report projections for production and any problems with leasing, permitting, or production that will prevent meeting the goal.'. SEC. 10103. DEVELOPMENT AND SUBMITTAL OF NEW 5-YEAR OIL AND GAS LEASING PROGRAM. (a) In General- The Secretary of the Interior shall-- (1) by not later than July 15, 2015, publish and submit to Congress a new proposed oil and gas leasing program under section 18 of the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act (43 U.S.C. 1344) for the 5-year period beginning on such date and ending July 15, 2021; and (2) by not later than July 15, 2016, approve a final oil and gas leasing program under such section for such period. (b) Consideration of All Areas- In preparing such program the Secretary shall include consideration of areas of the Continental Shelf off the coasts of all States (as such term is defined in section 2 of that Act, as amended by this title), that are subject to leasing under this title. (c) Technical Correction- Section 18(d)(3) of the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act (43 U.S.C. 1344(d)(3)) is amended by striking `or after eighteen months following the date of enactment of this section, whichever first occurs,'. SEC. 10104. RULE OF CONSTRUCTION. Nothing in this title shall be construed to authorize the issuance of a lease under the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act (43 U.S.C. 1331 et seq.) to any person designated for the imposition of sanctions pursuant to-- (1) the Iran Sanctions Act of 1996 (50 U.S.C. 1701 note), the Comprehensive Iran Sanctions, Accountability and Divestiture Act of 2010 (22 U.S.C. 8501 et seq.), the Iran Threat Reduction and Syria Human Rights Act of 2012 (22 U.S.C. 8701 et seq.), section 1245 of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012 (22 U.S.C. 8513a), or the Iran Freedom and Counter-Proliferation Act of 2012 (22 U.S.C. 8801 et seq.); (2) Executive Order No. 13622 (July 30, 2012), Executive Order No. 13628 (October 9, 2012), or Executive Order No. 13645 (June 3, 2013); (3) Executive Order No. 13224 (September 23, 2001) or Executive Order No. 13338 (May 11, 2004); or (4) the Syria Accountability and Lebanese Sovereignty Restoration Act of 2003 (22 U.S.C. 2151 note). SEC. 10105. ADDITION OF LEASE SALES AFTER FINALIZATION OF 5-YEAR PLAN. Section 18(d) of the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act (43 U.S.C.1344(d)) is amended-- (1) in paragraph (3), by striking `After' and inserting `Except as provided in paragraph (4), after'; and (2) by adding at the end the following: `(4) The Secretary may add to the areas included in an approved leasing program additional areas to be made available for leasing under the program, if all review and documents required under section 102 of the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (42 U.S.C. 4332) have been completed with respect to leasing of each such additional area within the 5-year period preceding such addition.'. Subtitle B--Directing the President To Conduct New OCS Sales SEC. 10201. REQUIREMENT TO CONDUCT PROPOSED OIL AND GAS LEASE SALE 220 ON THE OUTER CONTINENTAL SHELF OFFSHORE VIRGINIA. (a) In General- Notwithstanding the exclusion of Lease Sale 220 in the Final Outer Continental Shelf Oil & Gas Leasing Program 2012-2017, the Secretary of the Interior shall conduct offshore oil and gas Lease Sale 220 under section 8 of the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act (43 U.S.C. 1337) as soon as practicable, but not later than one year after the date of enactment of this Act. (b) Requirement To Make Replacement Lease Blocks Available- For each lease block in a proposed lease sale under this section for which the Secretary of Defense, in consultation with the Secretary of the Interior, under the Memorandum of Agreement referred to in section 10205(b), issues a statement proposing deferral from a lease offering due to defense-related activities that are irreconcilable with mineral exploration and development, the Secretary of the Interior, in consultation with the Secretary of Defense, shall make available in the same lease sale one other lease block in the Virginia lease sale planning area that is acceptable for oil and gas exploration and production in order to mitigate conflict. (c) Balancing Military and Energy Production Goals- In recognition that the Outer Continental Shelf oil and gas leasing program and the domestic energy resources produced therefrom are integral to national security, the Secretary of the Interior and the Secretary of Defense shall work jointly in implementing this section in order to ensure achievement of the following common goals: (1) Preserving the ability of the Armed Forces of the United States to maintain an optimum state of readiness through their continued use of the Outer Continental Shelf. (2) Allowing effective exploration, development, and production of our Nation's oil, gas, and renewable energy resources. (d) Definitions- In this section: (1) LEASE SALE 220- The term `Lease Sale 220' means such lease sale referred to in the Request for Comments on the Draft Proposed 5-Year Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) Oil and Gas Leasing Program for 2010-2015 and Notice of Intent To Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Proposed 5-Year Program published January 21, 2009 (74 Fed. Reg. 3631). (2) VIRGINIA LEASE SALE PLANNING AREA- The term `Virginia lease sale planning area' means the area of the outer Continental Shelf (as that term is defined in the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act (33 U.S.C. 1331 et seq.)) that is bounded by-- (A) a northern boundary consisting of a straight line extending from the northernmost point of Virginia's seaward boundary to the point on the seaward boundary of the United States exclusive economic zone located at 37 degrees 17 minutes 1 second North latitude, 71 degrees 5 minutes 16 seconds West longitude; and (B) a southern boundary consisting of a straight line extending from the southernmost point of Virginia's seaward boundary to the point on the seaward boundary of the United States exclusive economic zone located at 36 degrees 31 minutes 58 seconds North latitude, 71 degrees 30 minutes 1 second West longitude. SEC. 10202. SOUTH CAROLINA LEASE SALE. Notwithstanding exclusion of the South Atlantic Outer Continental Shelf Planning Area from the Final Outer Continental Shelf Oil & Gas Leasing Program 2012-2017, the Secretary of the Interior shall conduct a lease sale not later than 2 years after the date of the enactment of this Act for areas off the coast of South Carolina determined by the Secretary to have the most geologically promising hydrocarbon resources and constituting not less than 25 percent of the leasable area within the South Carolina offshore administrative boundaries depicted in the notice entitled `Federal Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) Administrative Boundaries Extending from the Submerged Lands Act Boundary seaward to the Limit of the United States Outer Continental Shelf', published January 3, 2006 (71 Fed. Reg. 127). SEC. 10203. SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA EXISTING INFRASTRUCTURE LEASE SALE. (a) In General- The Secretary of the Interior shall offer for sale leases of tracts in the Santa Maria and Santa Barbara/Ventura Basins of the Southern California OCS Planning Area as soon as practicable, but not later than December 31, 2015. (b) Use of Existing Structures or Onshore-Based Drilling- The Secretary of the Interior shall include in leases offered for sale under this lease sale such terms and conditions as are necessary to require that development and production may occur only from offshore infrastructure in existence on the date of the enactment of this Act or from onshore-based, extended-reach drilling. SEC. 10204. ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT STATEMENT REQUIREMENT. (a) In General- For the purposes of this title, the Secretary of the Interior shall prepare a multisale environmental impact statement under section 102 of the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (42 U.S.C. 4332) for all lease sales required under this subtitle. (b) Actions To Be Considered- Notwithstanding section 102 of the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (42 U.S.C. 4332), in such statement-- (1) the Secretary is not required to identify nonleasing alternative courses of action or to analyze the environmental effects of such alternative courses of action; and (2) the Secretary shall only-- (A) identify a preferred action for leasing and not more than one alternative leasing proposal; and (B) analyze the environmental effects and potential mitigation measures for such preferred action and such alternative leasing proposal. SEC. 10205. NATIONAL DEFENSE. (a) National Defense Areas- This title does not affect the existing authority of the Secretary of Defense, with the approval of the President, to designate national defense areas on the Outer Continental Shelf pursuant to section 12(d) of the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act (43 U.S.C. 1341(d)). (b) Prohibition on Conflicts With Military Operations- No person may engage in any exploration, development, or production of oil or natural gas on the Outer Continental Shelf under a lease issued under this title that would conflict with any military operation, as determined in accordance with the Memorandum of Agreement between the Department of Defense and the Department of the Interior on Mutual Concerns on the Outer Continental Shelf signed July 20, 1983, and any revision or replacement for that agreement that is agreed to by the Secretary of Defense and the Secretary of the Interior after that date but before the date of issuance of the lease under which such exploration, development, or production is conducted. SEC. 10206. EASTERN GULF OF MEXICO NOT INCLUDED. Nothing in this title affects restrictions on oil and gas leasing under the Gulf of Mexico Energy Security Act of 2006 (title I of division C of Public Law 109-432; 43 U.S.C. 1331 note). Subtitle C--Equitable Sharing of Outer Continental Shelf Revenues SEC. 10301. DISPOSITION OF OUTER CONTINENTAL SHELF REVENUES TO COASTAL STATES. (a) In General- Section 9 of the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act (43 U.S.C. 1338) is amended-- (1) in the existing text-- (A) in the first sentence, by striking `All rentals,' and inserting the following: `(c) Disposition of Revenue Under Old Leases- All rentals,'; and (B) in subsection (c) (as designated by the amendment made by subparagraph (A) of this paragraph), by striking `for the period from June 5, 1950, to date, and thereafter' and inserting `in the period beginning June 5, 1950, and ending on the date of enactment of the Lowering Gasoline Prices to Fuel an America That Works Act of 2014'; (2) by adding after subsection (c) (as so designated) the following: `(d) Definitions- In this section: `(1) COASTAL STATE- The term `coastal State' includes a territory of the United States. `(2) NEW LEASING REVENUES- The term `new leasing revenues'-- `(A) means amounts received by the United States as bonuses, rents, and royalties under leases for oil and gas, wind, tidal, or other energy exploration, development, and production on new areas of the outer Continental Shelf that are authorized to be made available for leasing as a result of enactment of the Lowering Gasoline Prices to Fuel an America That Works Act of 2014 and leasing under that Act; and `(B) does not include amounts received by the United States under any lease of an area located in the boundaries of the Central Gulf of Mexico and Western Gulf of Mexico Outer Continental Shelf Planning Areas on the date of enactment of the Lowering Gasoline Prices to Fuel an America That Works Act of 2014, including a lease issued before, on, or after such date of enactment.'; and (3) by inserting before subsection (c) (as so designated) the following: `(a) Payment of New Leasing Revenues to Coastal States- `(1) IN GENERAL- Except as provided in paragraph (2), of the amount of new leasing revenues received by the United States each fiscal year, 37.5 percent shall be allocated and paid in accordance with subsection (b) to coastal States that are affected States with respect to the leases under which those revenues are received by the United States. `(2) PHASE-IN- `(A) IN GENERAL- Except as provided in subparagraph (B), paragraph (1) shall be applied-- `(i) with respect to new leasing revenues under leases awarded under the first leasing program under section 18(a) that takes effect after the date of enactment of the Lowering Gasoline Prices to Fuel an America That Works Act of 2014, by substituting `12.5 percent' for `37.5 percent'; and `(ii) with respect to new leasing revenues under leases awarded under the second leasing program under section 18(a) that takes effect after the date of enactment of the Lowering Gasoline Prices to Fuel an America That Works Act of 2014, by substituting `25 percent' for `37.5 percent'. `(B) EXEMPTED LEASE SALES- This paragraph shall not apply with respect to any lease issued under subtitle B of the Lowering Gasoline Prices to Fuel an America That Works Act of 2014. `(b) Allocation of Payments- `(1) IN GENERAL- The amount of new leasing revenues received by the United States with respect to a leased tract that are required to be paid to coastal States in accordance with this subsection each fiscal year shall be allocated among and paid to coastal States that are within 200 miles of the leased tract, in amounts that are inversely proportional to the respective distances between the point on the coastline of each such State that is closest to the geographic center of the lease tract, as determined by the Secretary. `(2) MINIMUM AND MAXIMUM ALLOCATION- The amount allocated to a coastal State under paragraph (1) each fiscal year with respect to a leased tract shall be-- `(A) in the case of a coastal State that is the nearest State to the geographic center of the leased tract, not less than 25 percent of the total amounts allocated with respect to the leased tract; `(B) in the case of any other coastal State, not less than 10 percent, and not more than 15 percent, of the total amounts allocated with respect to the leased tract; and `(C) in the case of a coastal State that is the only coastal State within 200 miles of a leased tract, 100 percent of the total amounts allocated with respect to the leased tract. `(3) ADMINISTRATION- Amounts allocated to a coastal State under this subsection-- `(A) shall be available to the coastal State without further appropriation; `(B) shall remain available until expended; `(C) shall be in addition to any other amounts available to the coastal State under this Act; and `(D) shall be distributed in the fiscal year following receipt. `(4) USE OF FUNDS- `(A) IN GENERAL- Except as provided in subparagraph (B), a coastal State may use funds allocated and paid to it under this subsection for any purpose as determined by the laws of that State. `(B) RESTRICTION ON USE FOR MATCHING- Funds allocated and paid to a coastal State under this subsection may not be used as matching funds for any other Federal program.'. (b) Limitation on Application- This section and the amendment made by this section shall not affect the application of section 105 of the Gulf of Mexico Energy Security Act of 2006 (title I of division C of Public Law 109-432; (43 U.S.C. 1331 note)), as in effect before the enactment of this Act, with respect to revenues received by the United States under oil and gas leases issued for tracts located in the Western and Central Gulf of Mexico Outer Continental Shelf Planning Areas, including such leases issued on or after the date of the enactment of this Act. Subtitle D--Reorganization of Minerals Management Agencies of the Department of the Interior SEC. 10401. ESTABLISHMENT OF UNDER SECRETARY FOR ENERGY, LANDS, AND MINERALS AND ASSISTANT SECRETARY OF OCEAN ENERGY AND SAFETY. There shall be in the Department of the Interior-- (1) an Under Secretary for Energy, Lands, and Minerals, who shall-- (A) be appointed by the President, by and with the advise and consent of the Senate; (B) report to the Secretary of the Interior or, if directed by the Secretary, to the Deputy Secretary of the Interior; (C) be paid at the rate payable for level III of the Executive Schedule; and (D) be responsible for-- (i) the safe and responsible development of our energy and mineral resources on Federal lands in appropriate accordance with United States energy demands; and (ii) ensuring multiple-use missions of the Department of the Interior that promote the safe and sustained development of energy and minerals resources on public lands (as that term is defined in the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976 (43 U.S.C. 1701 et seq.)); (2) an Assistant Secretary of Ocean Energy and Safety, who shall-- (A) be appointed by the President, by and with the advise and consent of the Senate; (B) report to the Under Secretary for Energy, Lands, and Minerals; (C) be paid at the rate payable for level IV of the Executive Schedule; and (D) be responsible for ensuring safe and efficient development of energy and minerals on the Outer Continental Shelf of the United States; and (3) an Assistant Secretary of Land and Minerals Management, who shall-- (A) be appointed by the President, by and with the advise and consent of the Senate; (B) report to the Under Secretary for Energy, Lands, and Minerals; (C) be paid at the rate payable for level IV of the Executive Schedule; and (D) be responsible for ensuring safe and efficient development of energy and minerals on public lands and other Federal onshore lands under the jurisdiction of the Department of the Interior, including implementation of the Mineral Leasing Act (30 U.S.C. 181 et seq.) and the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act (30 U.S.C. 1201 et seq.) and administration of the Office of Surface Mining. SEC. 10402. BUREAU OF OCEAN ENERGY. (a) Establishment- There is established in the Department of the Interior a Bureau of Ocean Energy (referred to in this section as the `Bureau'), which shall-- (1) be headed by a Director of Ocean Energy (referred to in this section as the `Director'); and (2) be administered under the direction of the Assistant Secretary of Ocean Energy and Safety. (b) Director- (1) APPOINTMENT- The Director shall be appointed by the Secretary of the Interior. (2) COMPENSATION- The Director shall be compensated at the rate provided for level V of the Executive Schedule under section 5316 of title 5, United States Code. (c) Duties- (1) IN GENERAL- The Secretary of the Interior shall carry out through the Bureau all functions, powers, and duties vested in the Secretary relating to the administration of a comprehensive program of offshore mineral and renewable energy resources management. (2) SPECIFIC AUTHORITIES- The Director shall promulgate and implement regulations-- (A) for the proper issuance of leases for the exploration, development, and production of nonrenewable and renewable energy and mineral resources on the Outer Continental Shelf; (B) relating to resource identification, access, evaluation, and utilization; (C) for development of leasing plans, lease sales, and issuance of leases for such resources; and (D) regarding issuance of environmental impact statements related to leasing and post leasing activities including exploration, development, and production, and the use of third party contracting for necessary environmental analysis for the development of such resources. (3) LIMITATION- The Secretary shall not carry out through the Bureau any function, power, or duty that is-- (A) required by section 10403 to be carried out through the Ocean Energy Safety Service; or (B) required by section 10404 to be carried out through the Office of Natural Resources Revenue. (d) Responsibilities of Land Management Agencies- Nothing in this section shall affect the authorities of the Bureau of Land Management under the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976 (43 U.S.C. 1701 et seq.) or of the Forest Service under the National Forest Management Act of 1976 (Public Law 94-588). SEC. 10403. OCEAN ENERGY SAFETY SERVICE. (a) Establishment- There is established in the Department of the Interior an Ocean Energy Safety Service (referred to in this section as the `Service'), which shall-- (1) be headed by a Director of Energy Safety (referred to in this section as the `Director'); and (2) be administered under the direction of the Assistant Secretary of Ocean Energy and Safety. (b) Director- (1) APPOINTMENT- The Director shall be appointed by the Secretary of the Interior. (2) COMPENSATION- The Director shall be compensated at the rate provided for level V of the Executive Schedule under section 5316 of title 5, United States Code. (c) Duties- (1) IN GENERAL- The Secretary of the Interior shall carry out through the Service all functions, powers, and duties vested in the Secretary relating to the administration of safety and environmental enforcement activities related to offshore mineral and renewable energy resources on the Outer Continental Shelf pursuant to the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act (43 U.S.C. 1331 et seq.) including the authority to develop, promulgate, and enforce regulations to ensure the safe and sound exploration, development, and production of mineral and renewable energy resources on the Outer Continental Shelf in a timely fashion. (2) SPECIFIC AUTHORITIES- The Director shall be responsible for all safety activities related to exploration and development of renewable and mineral resources on the Outer Continental Shelf, including-- (A) exploration, development, production, and ongoing inspections of infrastructure; (B) the suspending or prohibiting, on a temporary basis, any operation or activity, including production under leases held on the Outer Continental Shelf, in accordance with section 5(a)(1) of the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act (43 U.S.C. 1334(a)(1)); (C) cancelling any lease, permit, or right-of-way on the Outer Continental Shelf, in accordance with section 5(a)(2) of the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act (43 U.S.C. 1334(a)(2)); (D) compelling compliance with applicable Federal laws and regulations relating to worker safety and other matters; (E) requiring comprehensive safety and environmental management programs for persons engaged in activities connected with the exploration, development, and production of mineral or renewable energy resources; (F) developing and implementing regulations for Federal employees to carry out any inspection or investigation to ascertain compliance with applicable regulations, including health, safety, or environmental regulations; (G) implementing the Offshore Technology Research and Risk Assessment Program under section 21 of the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act (43 U.S.C. 1347); (H) summoning witnesses and directing the production of evidence; (I) levying fines and penalties and disqualifying operators; (J) carrying out any safety, response, and removal preparedness functions; and (K) the processing of permits, exploration plans, development plans. (d) Employees- (1) IN GENERAL- The Secretary shall ensure that the inspection force of the Bureau consists of qualified, trained employees who meet qualification requirements and adhere to the highest professional and ethical standards. (2) QUALIFICATIONS- The qualification requirements referred to in paragraph (1)-- (A) shall be determined by the Secretary, subject to subparagraph (B); and (B) shall include-- (i) 3 years of practical experience in oil and gas exploration, development, or production; or (ii) a degree in an appropriate field of engineering from an accredited institution of higher learning. (3) ASSIGNMENT- In assigning oil and gas inspectors to the inspection and investigation of individual operations, the Secretary shall give due consideration to the extent possible to their previous experience in the particular type of oil and gas operation in which such inspections are to be made. (4) BACKGROUND CHECKS- The Director shall require that an individual to be hired as an inspection officer undergo an employment investigation (including a criminal history record check). (5) LANGUAGE REQUIREMENTS- Individuals hired as inspectors must be able to read, speak, and write English well enough to-- (A) carry out written and oral instructions regarding the proper performance of inspection duties; and (B) write inspection reports and statements and log entries in the English language. (6) VETERANS PREFERENCE- The Director shall provide a preference for the hiring of an individual as a inspection officer if the individual is a member or former member of the Armed Forces and is entitled, under statute, to retired, retirement, or retainer pay on account of service as a member of the Armed Forces. (7) ANNUAL PROFICIENCY REVIEW- (A) ANNUAL PROFICIENCY REVIEW- The Director shall provide that an annual evaluation of each individual assigned inspection duties is conducted and documented. (B) CONTINUATION OF EMPLOYMENT- An individual employed as an inspector may not continue to be employed in that capacity unless the evaluation demonstrates that the individual-- (i) continues to meet all qualifications and standards; (ii) has a satisfactory record of performance and attention to duty based on the standards and requirements in the inspection program; and (iii) demonstrates the current knowledge and skills necessary to courteously, vigilantly, and effectively perform inspection functions. (8) LIMITATION ON RIGHT TO STRIKE- Any individual that conducts permitting or inspections under this section may not participate in a strike, or assert the right to strike. (9) PERSONNEL AUTHORITY- Notwithstanding any other provision of law, the Director may employ, appoint, discipline and terminate for cause, and fix the compensation, terms, and conditions of employment of Federal service for individuals as the employees of the Service in order to restore and maintain the trust of the people of the United States in the accountability of the management of our Nation's energy safety program. (10) TRAINING ACADEMY- (A) IN GENERAL- The Secretary shall establish and maintain a National Offshore Energy Safety Academy (referred to in this paragraph as the `Academy') as an agency of the Ocean Energy Safety Service. (B) FUNCTIONS OF ACADEMY- The Secretary, through the Academy, shall be responsible for-- (i) the initial and continued training of both newly hired and experienced offshore oil and gas inspectors in all aspects of health, safety, environmental, and operational inspections; (ii) the training of technical support personnel of the Bureau; (iii) any other training programs for offshore oil and gas inspectors, Bureau personnel, Department personnel, or other persons as the Secretary shall designate; and (iv) certification of the successful completion of training programs for newly hired and experienced offshore oil and gas inspectors. (C) COOPERATIVE AGREEMENTS- (i) IN GENERAL- In performing functions under this paragraph, and subject to clause (ii), the Secretary may enter into cooperative educational and training agreements with educational institutions, related Federal academies, other Federal agencies, State governments, safety training firms, and oil and gas operators and related industries. (ii) TRAINING REQUIREMENT- Such training shall be conducted by the Academy in accordance with curriculum needs and assignment of instructional personnel established by the Secretary. (11) USE OF DEPARTMENT PERSONNEL- In performing functions under this subsection, the Secretary shall use, to the extent practicable, the facilities and personnel of the Department of the Interior. The Secretary may appoint or assign to the Academy such officers and employees as the Secretary considers necessary for the performance of the duties and functions of the Academy. (12) ADDITIONAL TRAINING PROGRAMS- (A) IN GENERAL- The Secretary shall work with appropriate educational institutions, operators, and representatives of oil and gas workers to develop and maintain adequate programs with educational institutions and oil and gas operators that are designed-- (i) to enable persons to qualify for positions in the administration of this title; and (ii) to provide for the continuing education of inspectors or other appropriate Department of the Interior personnel. (B) FINANCIAL AND TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE- The Secretary may provide financial and technical assistance to educational institutions in carrying out this paragraph. (e) Limitation- The Secretary shall not carry out through the Service any function, power, or duty that is-- (1) required by section 10402 to be carried out through Bureau of Ocean Energy; or (2) required by section 10404 to be carried out through the Office of Natural Resources Revenue. SEC. 10404. OFFICE OF NATURAL RESOURCES REVENUE. (a) Establishment- There is established in the Department of the Interior an Office of Natural Resources Revenue (referred to in this section as the `Office') to be headed by a Director of Natural Resources Revenue (referred to in this section as the `Director'). (b) Appointment and Compensation- (1) IN GENERAL- The Director shall be appointed by the Secretary of the Interior. (2) COMPENSATION- The Director shall be compensated at the rate provided for Level V of the Executive Schedule under section 5316 of title 5, United States Code. (c) Duties- (1) IN GENERAL- The Secretary of the Interior shall carry out, through the Office, all functions, powers, and duties vested in the Secretary and relating to the administration of offshore royalty and revenue management functions. (2) SPECIFIC AUTHORITIES- The Secretary shall carry out, through the Office, all functions, powers, and duties previously assigned to the Minerals Management Service (including the authority to develop, promulgate, and enforce regulations) regarding offshore royalty and revenue collection; royalty and revenue distribution; auditing and compliance; investigation and enforcement of royalty and revenue regulations; and asset management for onshore and offshore activities. (d) Limitation- The Secretary shall not carry out through the Office any function, power, or duty that is-- (1) required by section 10402 to be carried out through Bureau of Ocean Energy; or (2) required by section 10403 to be carried out through the Ocean Energy Safety Service. SEC. 10405. ETHICS AND DRUG TESTING. (a) Certification- The Secretary of the Interior shall certify annually that all Department of the Interior officers and employees having regular, direct contact with lessees, contractors, concessionaires, and other businesses interested before the Government as a function of their official duties, or conducting investigations, issuing permits, or responsible for oversight of energy programs, are in full compliance with all Federal employee ethics laws and regulations under the Ethics in Government Act of 1978 (5 U.S.C. App.) and part 2635 of title 5, Code of Federal Regulations, and all guidance issued under subsection (c). (b) Drug Testing- The Secretary shall conduct a random drug testing program of all Department of the Interior personnel referred to in subsection (a). (c) Guidance- Not later than 90 days after the date of enactment of this Act, the Secretary shall issue supplementary ethics and drug testing guidance for the employees for which certification is required under subsection (a). The Secretary shall update the supplementary ethics guidance not less than once every 3 years thereafter. SEC. 10406. ABOLISHMENT OF MINERALS MANAGEMENT SERVICE. (a) Abolishment- The Minerals Management Service is abolished. (b) Completed Administrative Actions- (1) IN GENERAL- Completed administrative actions of the Minerals Management Service shall not be affected by the enactment of this Act, but shall continue in effect according to their terms until amended, modified, superseded, terminated, set aside, or revoked in accordance with law by an officer of the United States or a court of competent jurisdiction, or by operation of law. (2) COMPLETED ADMINISTRATIVE ACTION DEFINED- For purposes of paragraph (1), the term `completed administrative action' includes orders, determinations, memoranda of understanding, memoranda of agreements, rules, regulations, personnel actions, permits, agreements, grants, contracts, certificates, licenses, registrations, and privileges. (c) Pending Proceedings- Subject to the authority of the Secretary of the Interior and the officers of the Department of the Interior under this title-- (1) pending proceedings in the Minerals Management Service, including notices of proposed rulemaking, and applications for licenses, permits, certificates, grants, and financial assistance, shall continue, notwithstanding the enactment of this Act or the vesting of functions of the Service in another agency, unless discontinued or modified under the same terms and conditions and to the same extent that such discontinuance or modification could have occurred if this title had not been enacted; and (2) orders issued in such proceedings, and appeals therefrom, and payments made pursuant to such orders, shall issue in the same manner and on the same terms as if this title had not been enacted, and any such orders shall continue in effect until amended, modified, superseded, terminated, set aside, or revoked by an officer of the United States or a court of competent jurisdiction, or by operation of law. (d) Pending Civil Actions- Subject to the authority of the Secretary of the Interior or any officer of the Department of the Interior under this title, pending civil actions shall continue notwithstanding the enactment of this Act, and in such civil actions, proceedings shall be had, appeals taken, and judgments rendered and enforced in the same manner and with the same effect as if such enactment had not occurred. (e) References- References relating to the Minerals Management Service in statutes, Executive orders, rules, regulations, directives, or delegations of authority that precede the effective date of this Act are deemed to refer, as appropriate, to the Department, to its officers, employees, or agents, or to its corresponding organizational units or functions. Statutory reporting requirements that applied in relation to the Minerals Management Service immediately before the effective date of this title shall continue to apply. SEC. 10407. CONFORMING AMENDMENTS TO EXECUTIVE SCHEDULE PAY RATES. (a) Under Secretary for Energy, Lands, and Minerals- Section 5314 of title 5, United States Code, is amended by inserting after the item relating to `Under Secretaries of the Treasury (3).' the following: `Under Secretary for Energy, Lands, and Minerals, Department of the Interior.'. (b) Assistant Secretaries- Section 5315 of title 5, United States Code, is amended by striking `Assistant Secretaries of the Interior (6).' and inserting the following: `Assistant Secretaries, Department of the Interior (7).'. (c) Directors- Section 5316 of title 5, United States Code, is amended by striking `Director, Bureau of Mines, Department of the Interior.' and inserting the following new items: `Director, Bureau of Ocean Energy, Department of the Interior. `Director, Ocean Energy Safety Service, Department of the Interior. `Director, Office of Natural Resources Revenue, Department of the Interior.'. SEC. 10408. OUTER CONTINENTAL SHELF ENERGY SAFETY ADVISORY BOARD. (a) Establishment- The Secretary of the Interior shall establish, under the Federal Advisory Committee Act, an Outer Continental Shelf Energy Safety Advisory Board (referred to in this section as the `Board')-- (1) to provide the Secretary and the Directors established by this title with independent scientific and technical advice on safe, responsible, and timely mineral and renewable energy exploration, development, and production activities; and (2) to review operations of the National Offshore Energy Health and Safety Academy established under section 10403(d), including submitting to the Secretary recommendations of curriculum to ensure training scientific and technical advancements. (b) Membership- (1) SIZE- The Board shall consist of not more than 11 members, who-- (A) shall be appointed by the Secretary based on their expertise in oil and gas drilling, well design, operations, well containment and oil spill response; and (B) must have significant scientific, engineering, management, and other credentials and a history of working in the field related to safe energy exploration, development, and production activities. (2) CONSULTATION AND NOMINATIONS- The Secretary shall consult with the National Academy of Sciences and the National Academy of Engineering to identify potential candidates for the Board and shall take nominations from the public. (3) TERM- The Secretary shall appoint Board members to staggered terms of not more than 4 years, and shall not appoint a member for more than 2 consecutive terms. (4) BALANCE- In appointing members to the Board, the Secretary shall ensure a balanced representation of industry and research interests. (c) Chair- The Secretary shall appoint the Chair for the Board from among its members. (d) Meetings- The Board shall meet not less than 3 times per year and shall host, at least once per year, a public forum to review and assess the overall energy safety performance of Outer Continental Shelf mineral and renewable energy resource activities. (e) Offshore Drilling Safety Assessments and Recommendations- As part of its duties under this section, the Board shall, by not later than 180 days after the date of enactment of this section and every 5 years thereafter, submit to the Secretary a report that-- (1) assesses offshore oil and gas well control technologies, practices, voluntary standards, and regulations in the United States and elsewhere; and (2) as appropriate, recommends modifications to the regulations issued under this title to ensure adequate protection of safety and the environment, including recommendations on how to reduce regulations and administrative actions that are duplicative or unnecessary. (f) Reports- Reports of the Board shall be submitted by the Board to the Committee on Natural Resources of the House or Representatives and the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources of the Senate and made available to the public in electronically accessible form. (g) Travel Expenses- Members of the Board, other than full-time employees of the Federal Government, while attending meeting of the Board or while otherwise serving at the request of the Secretary or the Director while serving away from their homes or regular places of business, may be allowed travel expenses, including per diem in lieu of subsistence, as authorized by section 5703 of title 5, United States Code, for individuals in the Government serving without pay. SEC. 10409. OUTER CONTINENTAL SHELF INSPECTION FEES. Section 22 of the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act (43 U.S.C. 1348) is amended by adding at the end of the section the following: `(g) Inspection Fees- `(1) ESTABLISHMENT- The Secretary of the Interior shall collect from the operators of facilities subject to inspection under subsection (c) non-refundable fees for such inspections-- `(A) at an aggregate level equal to the amount necessary to offset the annual expenses of inspections of outer Continental Shelf facilities (including mobile offshore drilling units) by the Department of the Interior; and `(B) using a schedule that reflects the differences in complexity among the classes of facilities to be inspected. `(2) OCEAN ENERGY SAFETY FUND- There is established in the Treasury a fund, to be known as the `Ocean Energy Enforcement Fund' (referred to in this subsection as the `Fund'), into which shall be deposited all amounts collected as fees under paragraph (1) and which shall be available as provided under paragraph (3). `(3) AVAILABILITY OF FEES- `(A) IN GENERAL- Notwithstanding section 3302 of title 31, United States Code, all amounts deposited in the Fund-- `(i) shall be credited as offsetting collections; `(ii) shall be available for expenditure for purposes of carrying out inspections of outer Continental Shelf facilities (including mobile offshore drilling units) and the administration of the inspection program under this section; `(iii) shall be available only to the extent provided for in advance in an appropriations Act; and `(iv) shall remain available until expended. `(B) USE FOR FIELD OFFICES- Not less than 75 percent of amounts in the Fund may be appropriated for use only for the respective Department of the Interior field offices where the amounts were originally assessed as fees. `(4) INITIAL FEES- Fees shall be established under this subsection for the fiscal year in which this subsection takes effect and the subsequent 10 years, and shall not be raised without advise and consent of the Congress, except as determined by the Secretary to be appropriate as an adjustment equal to the percentage by which the Consumer Price Index for the month of June of the calendar year preceding the adjustment exceeds the Consumer Price Index for the month of June of the calendar year in which the claim was determined or last adjusted. `(5) ANNUAL FEES- Annual fees shall be collected under this subsection for facilities that are above the waterline, excluding drilling rigs, and are in place at the start of the fiscal year. Fees for fiscal year 2013 shall be-- `(A) $10,500 for facilities with no wells, but with processing equipment or gathering lines; `(B) $17,000 for facilities with 1 to 10 wells, with any combination of active or inactive wells; and `(C) $31,500 for facilities with more than 10 wells, with any combination of active or inactive wells. `(6) FEES FOR DRILLING RIGS- Fees for drilling rigs shall be assessed under this subsection for all inspections completed in fiscal years 2015 through 2024. Fees for fiscal year 2015 shall be-- `(A) $30,500 per inspection for rigs operating in water depths of 1,000 feet or more; and `(B) $16,700 per inspection for rigs operating in water depths of less than 1,000 feet. `(7) BILLING- The Secretary shall bill designated operators under paragraph (5) within 60 days after the date of the inspection, with payment required within 30 days of billing. The Secretary shall bill designated operators under paragraph (6) within 30 days of the end of the month in which the inspection occurred, with payment required within 30 days after billing. `(8) SUNSET- No fee may be collected under this subsection for any fiscal year after fiscal year 2024. `(9) ANNUAL REPORTS- `(A) IN GENERAL- Not later than 60 days after the end of each fiscal year beginning with fiscal year 2015, the Secretary shall submit to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources of the Senate and the Committee on Natural Resources of the House of Representatives a report on the operation of the Fund during the fiscal year. `(B) CONTENTS- Each report shall include, for the fiscal year covered by the report, the following: `(i) A statement of the amounts deposited into the Fund. `(ii) A description of the expenditures made from the Fund for the fiscal year, including the purpose of the expenditures and the additional hiring of personnel. `(iii) A statement of the balance remaining in the Fund at the end of the fiscal year. `(iv) An accounting of pace of permit approvals. `(v) If fee increases are proposed after the initial 10-year period referred to in paragraph (5), a proper accounting of the potential adverse economic impacts such fee increases will have on offshore economic activity and overall production, conducted by the Secretary. `(vi) Recommendations to increase the efficacy and efficiency of offshore inspections. `(vii) Any corrective actions levied upon offshore inspectors as a result of any form of misconduct.'. SEC. 10410. PROHIBITION ON ACTION BASED ON NATIONAL OCEAN POLICY DEVELOPED UNDER EXECUTIVE ORDER NO. 13547. (a) Prohibition- The Bureau of Ocean Energy and the Ocean Energy Safety Service may not develop, propose, finalize, administer, or implement, any limitation on activities under their jurisdiction as a result of the coastal and marine spatial planning component of the National Ocean Policy developed under Executive Order No. 13547. (b) Report on Expenditures- Not later than 60 days after the date of enactment of this Act, the President shall submit a report to the Committee on Natural Resources of the House of Representatives and the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources of the Senate identifying all Federal expenditures in fiscal years 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2014 by the Bureau of Ocean Energy and the Ocean Energy Safety Service and their predecessor agencies, by agency, account, and any pertinent subaccounts, for the development, administration, or implementation of the coastal and marine spatial planning component of the National Ocean Policy developed under Executive Order No. 13547, including staff time, travel, and other related expenses. Subtitle E--United States Territories SEC. 10501. APPLICATION OF OUTER CONTINENTAL SHELF LANDS ACT WITH RESPECT TO TERRITORIES OF THE UNITED STATES. Section 2 of the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act (43 U.S.C. 1331) is amended-- (1) in paragraph (a), by inserting after `control' the following: `or lying within the United States exclusive economic zone and the Continental Shelf adjacent to any territory of the United States'; (2) in paragraph (p), by striking `and' after the semicolon at the end; (3) in paragraph (q), by striking the period at the end and inserting `; and'; and (4) by adding at the end the following: `(r) The term `State' includes each territory of the United States.'. Subtitle F--Miscellaneous Provisions SEC. 10601. RULES REGARDING DISTRIBUTION OF REVENUES UNDER GULF OF MEXICO ENERGY SECURITY ACT OF 2006. (a) In General- Not later than 60 days after the date of enactment of this Act, the Secretary of the Interior shall issue rules to provide more clarity, certainty, and stability to the revenue streams contemplated by the Gulf of Mexico Energy Security Act of 2006 (43 U.S.C. 1331 note). (b) Contents- The rules shall include clarification of the timing and methods of disbursements of funds under section 105(b)(2) of such Act. SEC. 10602. AMOUNT OF DISTRIBUTED QUALIFIED OUTER CONTINENTAL SHELF REVENUES. Section 105(f)(1) of the Gulf of Mexico Energy Security Act of 2006 (title I of division C of Public Law 109-432; 43 U.S.C. 1331 note) shall be applied by substituting `2024, and shall not exceed $999,999,999 for each of fiscal years 2025 through 2055' for `2055'. SEC. 10603. SOUTH ATLANTIC OUTER CONTINENTAL SHELF PLANNING AREA DEFINED. For the purposes of this Act, the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act (43 U.S.C. 1331 et seq.), and any regulations or 5-year plan issued under that Act, the term `South Atlantic Outer Continental Shelf Planning Area' means the area of the outer Continental Shelf (as defined in section 2 of that Act (43 U.S.C. 1331)) that is located between the northern lateral seaward administrative boundary of the State of Virginia and the southernmost lateral seaward administrative boundary of the State of Georgia. SEC. 10604. ENHANCING GEOLOGICAL AND GEOPHYSICAL INFORMATION FOR AMERICA'S ENERGY FUTURE. Section 11 of the Outer Continental Shelf lands Act (43 U.S.C. 1340) is amended by adding at the end the following: `(i) Enhancing Geological and Geophysical Information for America's Energy Future- `(1) The Secretary, acting through the Director of the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, shall facilitate and support the practical study of geology and geophysics to better understand the oil, gas, and other hydrocarbon potential in the South Atlantic Outer Continental Shelf Planning Area by entering into partnerships to conduct geological and geophysical activities on the outer Continental Shelf. `(2)(A) No later than 180 days after the date of enactment of the Lowering Gasoline Prices to Fuel an America That Works Act of 2014, the Governors of the States of Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, and Virginia may each nominate for participation in the partnerships-- `(i) one institution of higher education located within the Governor's State; and `(ii) one institution of higher education within the Governor's State that is a historically black college or university, as defined in section 631(a) of the Higher Education Act of 1965 (20 U.S.C. 1132(a)). `(B) In making nominations, the Governors shall give preference to those institutions of higher education that demonstrate a vigorous rate of admission of veterans of the Armed Forces of the United States. `(3) The Secretary shall only select as a partner a nominee that the Secretary determines demonstrates excellence in geophysical sciences curriculum, engineering curriculum, or information technology or other technical studies relating to seismic research (including data processing). `(4) Notwithstanding subsection (d), nominees selected as partners by the Secretary may conduct geological and geophysical activities under this section after filing a notice with the Secretary 30-days prior to commencement of the activity without any further authorization by the Secretary except those activities that use solid or liquid explosives shall require a permit. The Secretary may not charge any fee for the provision of data or other information collected under this authority, other than the cost of duplicating any data or information provided. Nominees selected as partners under this section shall provide to the Secretary any data or other information collected under this subsection within 60 days after completion of an initial analysis of the data or other information collected, if so requested by the Secretary. `(5) Data or other information produced as a result of activities conducted by nominees selected as partners under this subsection shall not be used or shared for commercial purposes by the nominee, may not be produced for proprietary use or sale, and shall be made available by the Secretary to the public. `(6) The Secretary shall submit to the Committee on Natural Resources of the House of Representatives and the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources of the Senate reports on the data or other information produced under the partnerships under this section. Such reports shall be made no less frequently than every 180 days following the conduct of the first geological and geophysical activities under this section. `(7) In this subsection the term `geological and geophysical activities' means any oil- or gas-related investigation conducted on the outer Continental Shelf, including geophysical surveys where magnetic, gravity, seismic, or other systems are used to detect or imply the presence of oil or gas.'. Subtitle G--Judicial Review SEC. 10701. TIME FOR FILING COMPLAINT. (a) In General- Any cause of action that arises from a covered energy decision must be filed not later than the end of the 60-day period beginning on the date of the covered energy decision. Any cause of action not filed within this time period shall be barred. (b) Exception- Subsection (a) shall not apply to a cause of action brought by a party to a covered energy lease. SEC. 10702. DISTRICT COURT DEADLINE. (a) In General- All proceedings that are subject to section 10701-- (1) shall be brought in the United States district court for the district in which the Federal property for which a covered energy lease is issued is located or the United States District Court of the District of Columbia; (2) shall be resolved as expeditiously as possible, and in any event not more than 180 days after such cause or claim is filed; and (3) shall take precedence over all other pending matters before the district court. (b) Failure To Comply With Deadline- If an interlocutory or final judgment, decree, or order has not been issued by the district court by the deadline described under this section, the cause or claim shall be dismissed with prejudice and all rights relating to such cause or claim shall be terminated. SEC. 10703. ABILITY TO SEEK APPELLATE REVIEW. An interlocutory or final judgment, decree, or order of the district court in a proceeding that is subject to section 10701 may be reviewed by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. The D.C. Circuit shall resolve any such appeal as expeditiously as possible and, in any event, not more than 180 days after such interlocutory or final judgment, decree, or order of the district court was issued. SEC. 10704. LIMITATION ON SCOPE OF REVIEW AND RELIEF. (a) Administrative Findings and Conclusions- In any judicial review of any Federal action under this subtitle, any administrative findings and conclusions relating to the challenged Federal action shall be presumed to be correct unless shown otherwise by clear and convincing evidence contained in the administrative record. (b) Limitation on Prospective Relief- In any judicial review of any action, or failure to act, under this subtitle, the Court shall not grant or approve any prospective relief unless the Court finds that such relief is narrowly drawn, extends no further than necessary to correct the violation of a Federal law requirement, and is the least intrusive means necessary to correct the violation concerned. SEC. 10705. LEGAL FEES. Any person filing a petition seeking judicial review of any action, or failure to act, under this subtitle who is not a prevailing party shall pay to the prevailing parties (including intervening parties), other than the United States, fees and other expenses incurred by that party in connection with the judicial review, unless the Court finds that the position of the person was substantially justified or that special circumstances make an award unjust. SEC. 10706. EXCLUSION. This subtitle shall not apply with respect to disputes between the parties to a lease issued pursuant to an authorizing leasing statute regarding the obligations of such lease or the alleged breach thereof. SEC. 10707. DEFINITIONS. In this subtitle, the following definitions apply: (1) COVERED ENERGY DECISION- The term `covered energy decision' means any action or decision by a Federal official regarding the issuance of a covered energy lease. (2) COVERED ENERGY LEASE- The term `covered energy lease' means any lease under this title or under an oil and gas leasing program under this title. TITLE II--ONSHORE FEDERAL LANDS AND ENERGY SECURITYSubtitle A--Federal Lands Jobs and Energy Security SEC. 21001. SHORT TITLE. This subtitle may be cited as the `Federal Lands Jobs and Energy Security Act'. SEC. 21002. POLICIES REGARDING BUYING, BUILDING, AND WORKING FOR AMERICA. (a) Congressional Intent- It is the intent of the Congress that-- (1) this subtitle will support a healthy and growing United States domestic energy sector that, in turn, helps to reinvigorate American manufacturing, transportation, and service sectors by employing the vast talents of United States workers to assist in the development of energy from domestic sources; (2) to ensure a robust onshore energy production industry and ensure that the benefits of development support local communities, under this subtitle, the Secretary shall make every effort to promote the development of onshore American energy, and shall take into consideration the socioeconomic impacts, infrastructure requirements, and fiscal stability for local communities located within areas containing onshore energy resources; and (3) the Congress will monitor the deployment of personnel and material onshore to encourage the development of American manufacturing to enable United States workers to benefit from this subtitle through good jobs and careers, as well as the establishment of important industrial facilities to support expanded access to American resources. (b) Requirement- The Secretary of the Interior shall when possible, and practicable, encourage the use of United States workers and equipment manufactured in the United States in all construction related to mineral resource development under this subtitle. CHAPTER 1--ONSHORE OIL AND GAS PERMIT STREAMLINING SEC. 21101. SHORT TITLE. This chapter may be cited as the `Streamlining Permitting of American Energy Act of 2014'. Subchapter A--Application for Permits to Drill Process Reform SEC. 21111. PERMIT TO DRILL APPLICATION TIMELINE. Section 17(p)(2) of the Mineral Leasing Act (30 U.S.C. 226(p)(2)) is amended to read as follows: `(2) APPLICATIONS FOR PERMITS TO DRILL REFORM AND PROCESS- `(A) TIMELINE- The Secretary shall decide whether to issue a permit to drill within 30 days after receiving an application for the permit. The Secretary may extend such period for up to 2 periods of 15 days each, if the Secretary has given written notice of the delay to the applicant. The notice shall be in the form of a letter from the Secretary or a designee of the Secretary, and shall include the names and titles of the persons processing the application, the specific reasons for the delay, and a specific date a final decision on the application is expected. `(B) NOTICE OF REASONS FOR DENIAL- If the application is denied, the Secretary shall provide the applicant-- `(i) in writing, clear and comprehensive reasons why the application was not accepted and detailed information concerning any deficiencies; and `(ii) an opportunity to remedy any deficiencies. `(C) APPLICATION DEEMED APPROVED- If the Secretary has not made a decision on the application by the end of the 60-day period beginning on the date the application is received by the Secretary, the application is deemed approved, except in cases in which existing reviews under the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq.) or Endangered Species Act of 1973 (16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.) are incomplete. `(D) DENIAL OF PERMIT- If the Secretary decides not to issue a permit to drill in accordance with subparagraph (A), the Secretary shall-- `(i) provide to the applicant a description of the reasons for the denial of the permit; `(ii) allow the applicant to resubmit an application for a permit to drill during the 10-day period beginning on the date the applicant receives the description of the denial from the Secretary; and `(iii) issue or deny any resubmitted application not later than 10 days after the date the application is submitted to the Secretary. `(E) FEE- `(i) IN GENERAL- Notwithstanding any other law, the Secretary shall collect a single $6,500 permit processing fee per application from each applicant at the time the final decision is made whether to issue a permit under subparagraph (A). This fee shall not apply to any resubmitted application. `(ii) TREATMENT OF PERMIT PROCESSING FEE- Of all fees collected under this paragraph, 50 percent shall be transferred to the field office where they are collected and used to process protests, leases, and permits under this Act subject to appropriation.'. Subchapter B--Administrative Protest Documentation Reform SEC. 21121. ADMINISTRATIVE PROTEST DOCUMENTATION REFORM. Section 17(p) of the Mineral Leasing Act (30 U.S.C. 226(p)) is further amended by adding at the end the following: `(4) PROTEST FEE- `(A) IN GENERAL- The Secretary shall collect a $5,000 documentation fee to accompany each protest for a lease, right of way, or application for permit to drill. `(B) TREATMENT OF FEES- Of all fees collected under this paragraph, 50 percent shall remain in the field office where they are collected and used to process protests subject to appropriation.'. Subchapter C--Permit Streamlining SEC. 21131. MAKING PILOT OFFICES PERMANENT TO IMPROVE ENERGY PERMITTING ON FEDERAL LANDS. (a) Establishment- The Secretary of the Interior (referred to in this section as the `Secretary') shall establish a Federal Permit Streamlining Project (referred to in this section as the `Project') in every Bureau of Land Management field office with responsibility for permitting energy projects on Federal land. (b) Memorandum of Understanding- (1) IN GENERAL- Not later than 90 days after the date of enactment of this Act, the Secretary shall enter into a memorandum of understanding for purposes of this section with-- (A) the Secretary of Agriculture; (B) the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency; and (C) the Chief of the Army Corps of Engineers. (2) STATE PARTICIPATION- The Secretary may request that the Governor of any State with energy projects on Federal lands to be a signatory to the memorandum of understanding. (c) Designation of Qualified Staff- (1) IN GENERAL- Not later than 30 days after the date of the signing of the memorandum of understanding under subsection (b), all Federal signatory parties shall, if appropriate, assign to each of the Bureau of Land Management field offices an employee who has expertise in the regulatory issues relating to the office in which the employee is employed, including, as applicable, particular expertise in-- (A) the consultations and the preparation of biological opinions under section 7 of the Endangered Species Act of 1973 (16 U.S.C. 1536); (B) permits under section 404 of Federal Water Pollution Control Act (33 U.S.C. 1344); (C) regulatory matters under the Clean Air Act (42 U.S.C. 7401 et seq.); (D) planning under the National Forest Management Act of 1976 (16 U.S.C. 472a et seq.); and (E) the preparation of analyses under the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq.). (2) DUTIES- Each employee assigned under paragraph (1) shall-- (A) not later than 90 days after the date of assignment, report to the Bureau of Land Management Field Managers in the office to which the employee is assigned; (B) be responsible for all issues relating to the energy projects that arise under the authorities of the employee's home agency; and (C) participate as part of the team of personnel working on proposed energy projects, planning, and environmental analyses on Federal lands. (d) Additional Personnel- The Secretary shall assign to each Bureau of Land Management field office identified in subsection (a) any additional personnel that are necessary to ensure the effective approval and implementation of energy projects administered by the Bureau of Land Management field offices, including inspection and enforcement relating to energy development on Federal land, in accordance with the multiple use mandate of the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976 (43 U.S.C. 1701 et seq.). (e) Funding- Funding for the additional personnel shall come from the Department of the Interior reforms identified in sections 21111 and 21121. (f) Savings Provision- Nothing in this section affects-- (1) the operation of any Federal or State law; or (2) any delegation of authority made by the head of a Federal agency whose employees are participating in the Project. (g) Definition- For purposes of this section the term `energy projects' includes oil, natural gas, and other energy projects as defined by the Secretary. SEC. 21132. ADMINISTRATION OF CURRENT LAW. Notwithstanding any other law, the Secretary of the Interior shall not require a finding of extraordinary circumstances in administering section 390 of the Energy Policy Act of 2005 (42 U.S.C. 15942). Subchapter D--Judicial Review SEC. 21141. DEFINITIONS. In this subchapter-- (1) the term `covered civil action' means a civil action containing a claim under section 702 of title 5, United States Code, regarding agency action (as defined for the purposes of that section) affecting a covered energy project on Federal lands of the United States; and (2) the term `covered energy project' means the leasing of Federal lands of the United States for the exploration, development, production, processing, or transmission of oil, natural gas, or any other source of energy, and any action under such a lease, except that the term does not include any disputes between the parties to a lease regarding the obligations under such lease, including regarding any alleged breach of the lease. SEC. 21142. EXCLUSIVE VENUE FOR CERTAIN CIVIL ACTIONS RELATING TO COVERED ENERGY PROJECTS. Venue for any covered civil action shall lie in the district court where the project or leases exist or are proposed. SEC. 21143. TIMELY FILING. To ensure timely redress by the courts, a covered civil action must be filed no later than the end of the 90-day period beginning on the date of the final Federal agency action to which it relates. SEC. 21144. EXPEDITION IN HEARING AND DETERMINING THE ACTION. The court shall endeavor to hear and determine any covered civil action as expeditiously as possible. SEC. 21145. STANDARD OF REVIEW. In any judicial review of a covered civil action, administrative findings and conclusions relating to the challenged Federal action or decision shall be presumed to be correct, and the presumption may be rebutted only by the preponderance of the evidence contained in the administrative record. SEC. 21146. LIMITATION ON INJUNCTION AND PROSPECTIVE RELIEF. In a covered civil action, the court shall not grant or approve any prospective relief unless the court finds that such relief is narrowly drawn, extends no further than necessary to correct the violation of a legal requirement, and is the least intrusive means necessary to correct that violation. In addition, courts shall limit the duration of preliminary injunctions to halt covered energy projects to no more than 60 days, unless the court finds clear reasons to extend the injunction. In such cases of extensions, such extensions shall only be in 30-day increments and shall require action by the court to renew the injunction. SEC. 21147. LIMITATION ON ATTORNEYS' FEES. Sections 504 of title 5, United States Code, and 2412 of title 28, United States Code, (together commonly called the Equal Access to Justice Act) do not apply to a covered civil action, nor shall any party in such a covered civil action receive payment from the Federal Government for their attorneys' fees, expenses, and other court costs. SEC. 21148. LEGAL STANDING. Challengers filing appeals with the Department of the Interior Board of Land Appeals shall meet the same standing requirements as challengers before a United States district court. Subchapter E--Knowing America's Oil and Gas Resources SEC. 21151. FUNDING OIL AND GAS RESOURCE ASSESSMENTS. (a) In General- The Secretary of the Interior shall provide matching funding for joint projects with States to conduct oil and gas resource assessments on Federal lands with significant oil and gas potential. (b) Cost Sharing- The Federal share of the cost of activities under this section shall not exceed 50 percent. (c) Resource Assessment- Any resource assessment under this section shall be conducted by a State, in consultation with the United States Geological Survey. (d) Authorization of Appropriations- There is authorized to be appropriated to the Secretary to carry out this section a total of $50,000,000 for fiscal years 2015 through 2018. CHAPTER 2--OIL AND GAS LEASING CERTAINTY SEC. 21201. SHORT TITLE. This chapter may be cited as the `Providing Leasing Certainty for American Energy Act of 2014'. SEC. 21202. MINIMUM ACREAGE REQUIREMENT FOR ONSHORE LEASE SALES. In conducting lease sales as required by section 17(a) of the Mineral Leasing Act (30 U.S.C. 226(a)), each year the Secretary of the Interior shall perform the following: (1) The Secretary shall offer for sale no less than 25 percent of the annual nominated acreage not previously made available for lease. Acreage offered for lease pursuant to this paragraph shall not be subject to protest and shall be eligible for categorical exclusions under section 390 of the Energy Policy Act of 2005 (42 U.S.C. 15942), except that it shall not be subject to the test of extraordinary circumstances. (2) In administering this section, the Secretary shall only consider leasing of Federal lands that are available for leasing at the time the lease sale occurs. SEC. 21203. LEASING CERTAINTY. Section 17(a) of the Mineral Leasing Act (30 U.S.C. 226(a)) is amended by inserting `(1)' before `All lands', and by adding at the end the following: `(2)(A) The Secretary shall not withdraw any covered energy project issued under this Act without finding a violation of the terms of the lease by the lessee. `(B) The Secretary shall not infringe upon lease rights under leases issued under this Act by indefinitely delaying issuance of project approvals, drilling and seismic permits, and rights of way for activities under such a lease. `(C) No later than 18 months after an area is designated as open under the current land use plan the Secretary shall make available nominated areas for lease under the criteria in section 2. `(D) Notwithstanding any other law, the Secretary shall issue all leases sold no later than 60 days after the last payment is made. `(E) The Secretary shall not cancel or withdraw any lease parcel after a competitive lease sale has occurred and a winning bidder has submitted the last payment for the parcel. `(F) After the conclusion of the public comment period for a planned competitive lease sale, the Secretary shall not cancel, defer, or withdraw any lease parcel announced to be auctioned in the lease sale. `(G) Not later than 60 days after a lease sale held under this Act, the Secretary shall adjudicate any lease protests filed following a lease sale. If after 60 days any protest is left unsettled, said protest is automatically denied and appeal rights of the protestor begin. `(H) No additional lease stipulations may be added after the parcel is sold without consultation and agreement of the lessee, unless the Secretary deems such stipulations as emergency actions to conserve the resources of the United States.'. SEC. 21204. LEASING CONSISTENCY. Federal land managers must follow existing resource management plans and continue to actively lease in areas designated as open when resource management plans are being amended or revised, until such time as a new record of decision is signed. SEC. 21205. REDUCE REDUNDANT POLICIES. Bureau of Land Management Instruction Memorandum 2010-117 shall have no force or effect. SEC. 21206. STREAMLINED CONGRESSIONAL NOTIFICATION. Section 31(e) of the Mineral Leasing Act (30 U.S.C. 188(e)) is amended in the matter following paragraph (4) by striking `at least thirty days in advance of the reinstatement' and inserting `in an annual report'. CHAPTER 3--OIL SHALE SEC. 21301. SHORT TITLE. This chapter may be cited as the `Protecting Investment in Oil Shale the Next Generation of Environmental, Energy, and Resource Security Act' or the `PIONEERS Act'. SEC. 21302. EFFECTIVENESS OF OIL SHALE REGULATIONS, AMENDMENTS TO RESOURCE MANAGEMENT PLANS, AND RECORD OF DECISION. (a) Regulations- Notwithstanding any other law or regulation to the contrary, the final regulations regarding oil shale management published by the Bureau of Land Management on November 18, 2008 (73 Fed. Reg. 69,414) are deemed to satisfy all legal and procedural requirements under any law, including the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976 (43 U.S.C. 1701 et seq.), the Endangered Species Act of 1973 (16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.), and the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq.), and the Secretary of the Interior shall implement those regulations, including the oil shale leasing program authorized by the regulations, without any other administrative action necessary. (b) Amendments to Resource Management Plans and Record of Decision- Notwithstanding any other law or regulation to the contrary, the November 17, 2008 U.S. Bureau of Land Management Approved Resource Management Plan Amendments/Record of Decision for Oil Shale and Tar Sands Resources to Address Land Use Allocations in Colorado, Utah, and Wyoming and Final Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement are deemed to satisfy all legal and procedural requirements under any law, including the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976 (43 U.S.C. 1701 et seq.), the Endangered Species Act of 1973 (16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.), and the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq.), and the Secretary of the Interior shall implement the oil shale leasing program authorized by the regulations referred to in subsection (a) in those areas covered by the resource management plans amended by such amendments, and covered by such record of decision, without any other administrative action necessary. SEC. 21303. OIL SHALE LEASING. (a) Additional Research and Development Lease Sales- The Secretary of the Interior shall hold a lease sale within 180 days after the date of enactment of this Act offering an additional 10 parcels for lease for research, development, and demonstration of oil shale resources, under the terms offered in the solicitation of bids for such leases published on January 15, 2009 (74 Fed. Reg. 10). (b) Commercial Lease Sales- No later than January 1, 2016, the Secretary of the Interior shall hold no less than 5 separate commercial lease sales in areas considered to have the most potential for oil shale development, as determined by the Secretary, in areas nominated through public comment. Each lease sale shall be for an area of not less than 25,000 acres, and in multiple lease blocs. CHAPTER 4--MISCELLANEOUS PROVISIONS SEC. 21401. RULE OF CONSTRUCTION. Nothing in this subtitle shall be construed to authorize the issuance of a lease under the Mineral Leasing Act (30 U.S.C. 181 et seq.) to any person designated for the imposition of sanctions pursuant to-- (1) the Iran Sanctions Act of 1996 (50 U.S.C. 1701 note), the Comprehensive Iran Sanctions, Accountability and Divestiture Act of 2010 (22 U.S.C. 8501 et seq.), the Iran Threat Reduction and Syria Human Rights Act of 2012 (22 U.S.C. 8701 et seq.), section 1245 of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012 (22 U.S.C. 8513a), or the Iran Freedom and Counter-Proliferation Act of 2012 (22 U.S.C. 8801 et seq.); (2) Executive Order No. 13622 (July 30, 2012), Executive Order No. 13628 (October 9, 2012), or Executive Order No. 13645 (June 3, 2013); (3) Executive Order No. 13224 (September 23, 2001) or Executive Order No. 13338 (May 11, 2004); or (4) the Syria Accountability and Lebanese Sovereignty Restoration Act of 2003 (22 U.S.C. 2151 note). Subtitle B--Planning for American Energy SEC. 22001. SHORT TITLE. This subtitle may be cited as the `Planning for American Energy Act of 2014'. SEC. 22002. ONSHORE DOMESTIC ENERGY PRODUCTION STRATEGIC PLAN. (a) In General- The Mineral Leasing Act (30 U.S.C. 181 et seq.) is amended by redesignating section 44 as section 45, and by inserting after section 43 the following: `SEC. 44. QUADRENNIAL STRATEGIC FEDERAL ONSHORE ENERGY PRODUCTION STRATEGY. `(a) In General- `(1) The Secretary of the Interior (hereafter in this section referred to as `Secretary'), in consultation with the Secretary of Agriculture with regard to lands administered by the Forest Service, shall develop and publish every 4 years a Quadrennial Federal Onshore Energy Production Strategy. This Strategy shall direct Federal land energy development and department resource allocation in order to promote the energy and national security of the United States in accordance with Bureau of Land Management's mission of promoting the multiple use of Federal lands as set forth in the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976 (43 U.S.C. 1701 et seq.). `(2) In developing this Strategy, the Secretary shall consult with the Administrator of the Energy Information Administration on the projected energy demands of the United States for the next 30-year period, and how energy derived from Federal onshore lands can put the United States on a trajectory to meet that demand during the next 4-year period. The Secretary shall consider how Federal lands will contribute to ensuring national energy security, with a goal for increasing energy independence and production, during the next 4-year period. `(3) The Secretary shall determine a domestic strategic production objective for the development of energy resources from Federal onshore lands. Such objective shall be-- `(A) the best estimate, based upon commercial and scientific data, of the expected increase in domestic production of oil and natural gas from the Federal onshore mineral estate, with a focus on lands held by the Bureau of Land Management and the Forest Service; `(B) the best estimate, based upon commercial and scientific data, of the expected increase in domestic coal production from Federal lands; `(C) the best estimate, based upon commercial and scientific data, of the expected increase in domestic production of strategic and critical energy minerals from the Federal onshore mineral estate; `(D) the best estimate, based upon commercial and scientific data, of the expected increase in megawatts for electricity production from each of the following sources: wind, solar, biomass, hydropower, and geothermal energy produced on Federal lands administered by the Bureau of Land Management and the Forest Service; `(E) the best estimate, based upon commercial and scientific data, of the expected increase in unconventional energy production, such as oil shale; `(F) the best estimate, based upon commercial and scientific data, of the expected increase in domestic production of oil, natural gas, coal, and other renewable sources from tribal lands for any federally recognized Indian tribe that elects to participate in facilitating energy production on its lands; `(G) the best estimate, based upon commercial and scientific data, of the expected increase in production of helium on Federal lands administered by the Bureau of Land Management and the Forest Service; and `(H) the best estimate, based upon commercial and scientific data, of the expected increase in domestic production of geothermal, solar, wind, or other renewable energy sources from `available lands' (as such term is defined in section 203 of the Hawaiian Homes Commission Act, 1920 (42 Stat. 108 et seq.), and including any other lands deemed by the Territory or State of Hawaii, as the case may be, to be included within that definition) that the agency or department of the government of the State of Hawaii that is responsible for the administration of such lands selects to be used for such energy production. `(4) The Secretary shall consult with the Administrator of the Energy Information Administration regarding the methodology used to arrive at its estimates for purposes of this section. `(5) The Secretary has the authority to expand the energy development plan to include other energy production technology sources or advancements in energy on Federal lands. `(6) The Secretary shall include in the Strategy a plan for addressing new demands for transmission lines and pipelines for distribution of oil and gas across Federal lands to ensure that energy produced can be distributed to areas of need. `(b) Tribal Objectives- It is the sense of Congress that federally recognized Indian tribes may elect to set their own production objectives as part of the Strategy under this section. The Secretary shall work in cooperation with any federally recognized Indian tribe that elects to participate in achieving its own strategic energy objectives designated under this subsection. `(c) Execution of the Strategy- The relevant Secretary shall have all necessary authority to make determinations regarding which additional lands will be made available in order to meet the production objectives established by strategies under this section. The Secretary shall also take all necessary actions to achieve these production objectives unless the President determines that it is not in the national security and economic interests of the United States to increase Federal domestic energy production and to further decrease dependence upon foreign sources of energy. In administering this section, the relevant Secretary shall only consider leasing Federal lands available for leasing at the time the lease sale occurs. `(d) State, Federally Recognized Indian Tribes, Local Government, and Public Input- In developing each strategy, the Secretary shall solicit the input of affected States, federally recognized Indian tribes, local governments, and the public. `(e) Reporting- The Secretary shall report annually to the Committee on Natural Resources of the House of Representatives and the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources of the Senate on the progress of meeting the production goals set forth in the strategy. The Secretary shall identify in the report projections for production and capacity installations and any problems with leasing, permitting, siting, or production that will prevent meeting the goal. In addition, the Secretary shall make suggestions to help meet any shortfalls in meeting the production goals. `(f) Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement- Not later than 12 months after the date of enactment of this section, in accordance with section 102(2)(C) of the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (42 U.S.C. 4332(2)(C)), the Secretary shall complete a programmatic environmental impact statement. This programmatic environmental impact statement will be deemed sufficient to comply with all requirements under that Act for all necessary resource management and land use plans associated with the implementation of the strategy. `(g) Congressional Review- At least 60 days prior to publishing a proposed strategy under this section, the Secretary shall submit it to the President and the Congress, together with any comments received from States, federally recognized Indian tribes, and local governments. Such submission shall indicate why any specific recommendation of a State, federally recognized Indian tribe, or local government was not accepted. `(h) Strategic and Critical Energy Minerals Defined- For purposes of this section, the term `strategic and critical energy minerals' means those that are necessary for the Nation's energy infrastructure including pipelines, refining capacity, electrical power generation and transmission, and renewable energy production and those that are necessary to support domestic manufacturing, including but not limited to, materials used in energy generation, production, and transportation.'. (b) First Quadrennial Strategy- Not later than 18 months after the date of enactment of this Act, the Secretary of the Interior shall submit to Congress the first Quadrennial Federal Onshore Energy Production Strategy under the amendment made by subsection (a). Subtitle C--National Petroleum Reserve in Alaska Access SEC. 23001. SHORT TITLE. This subtitle may be cited as the `National Petroleum Reserve Alaska Access Act'. SEC. 23002. SENSE OF CONGRESS AND REAFFIRMING NATIONAL POLICY FOR THE NATIONAL PETROLEUM RESERVE IN ALASKA. It is the sense of Congress that-- (1) the National Petroleum Reserve in Alaska remains explicitly designated, both in name and legal status, for purposes of providing oil and natural gas resources to the United States; and (2) accordingly, the national policy is to actively advance oil and gas development within the Reserve by facilitating the expeditious exploration, production, and transportation of oil and natural gas from and through the Reserve. SEC. 23003. NATIONAL PETROLEUM RESERVE IN ALASKA: LEASE SALES. Section 107(a) of the Naval Petroleum Reserves Production Act of 1976 (42 U.S.C. 6506a(a)) is amended to read as follows: `(a) In General- The Secretary shall conduct an expeditious program of competitive leasing of oil and gas in the reserve in accordance with this Act. Such program shall include at least one lease sale annually in those areas of the reserve most likely to produce commercial quantities of oil and natural gas each year in the period 2014 through 2024.'. SEC. 23004. NATIONAL PETROLEUM RESERVE IN ALASKA: PLANNING AND PERMITTING PIPELINE AND ROAD CONSTRUCTION. (a) In General- Notwithstanding any other provision of law, the Secretary of the Interior, in consultation with other appropriate Federal agencies, shall facilitate and ensure permits, in a timely and environmentally responsible manner, for all surface development activities, including for the construction of pipelines and roads, necessary to-- (1) develop and bring into production any areas within the National Petroleum Reserve in Alaska that are subject to oil and gas leases; and (2) transport oil and gas from and through the National Petroleum Reserve in Alaska in the most direct manner possible to existing transportation or processing infrastructure on the North Slope of Alaska. (b) Timeline- The Secretary shall ensure that any Federal permitting agency shall issue permits in accordance with the following timeline: (1) Permits for such construction for transportation of oil and natural gas produced under existing Federal oil and gas leases with respect to which the Secretary has issued a permit to drill shall be approved within 60 days after the date of enactment of this Act. (2) Permits for such construction for transportation of oil and natural gas produced under Federal oil and gas leases shall be approved within 6 months after the submission to the Secretary of a request for a permit to drill. (c) Plan- To ensure timely future development of the Reserve, within 270 days after the date of the enactment of this Act, the Secretary of the Interior shall submit to Congress a plan for approved rights-of-way for a plan for pipeline, road, and any other surface infrastructure that may be necessary infrastructure that will ensure that all leasable tracts in the Reserve are within 25 miles of an approved road and pipeline right-of-way that can serve future development of the Reserve. SEC. 23005. ISSUANCE OF A NEW INTEGRATED ACTIVITY PLAN AND ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT STATEMENT. (a) Issuance of New Integrated Activity Plan- The Secretary of the Interior shall, within 180 days after the date of enactment of this Act, issue-- (1) a new proposed integrated activity plan from among the non-adopted alternatives in the National Petroleum Reserve Alaska Integrated Activity Plan Record of Decision issued by the Secretary of the Interior and dated February 21, 2013; and (2) an environmental impact statement under section 102(2)(C) of the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (42 U.S.C. 4332(2)(C)) for issuance of oil and gas leases in the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska to promote efficient and maximum development of oil and natural gas resources of such reserve. (b) Nullification of Existing Record of Decision, IAP, and EIS- Except as provided in subsection (a), the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska Integrated Activity Plan Record of Decision issued by the Secretary of the Interior and dated February 21, 2013, including the integrated activity plan and environmental impact statement referred to in that record of decision, shall have no force or effect. SEC. 23006. DEPARTMENTAL ACCOUNTABILITY FOR DEVELOPMENT. The Secretary of the Interior shall issue regulations not later than 180 days after the date of enactment of this Act that establish clear requirements to ensure that the Department of the Interior is supporting development of oil and gas leases in the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska. SEC. 23007. DEADLINES UNDER NEW PROPOSED INTEGRATED ACTIVITY PLAN. At a minimum, the new proposed integrated activity plan issued under section 23005(a)(1) shall-- (1) require the Department of the Interior to respond within 5 business days to a person who submits an application for a permit for development of oil and natural gas leases in the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska acknowledging receipt of such application; and (2) establish a timeline for the processing of each such application, that-- (A) specifies deadlines for decisions and actions on permit applications; and (B) provide that the period for issuing each permit after submission of such an application shall not exceed 60 days without the concurrence of the applicant. SEC. 23008. UPDATED RESOURCE ASSESSMENT. (a) In General- The Secretary of the Interior shall complete a comprehensive assessment of all technically recoverable fossil fuel resources within the National Petroleum Reserve in Alaska, including all conventional and unconventional oil and natural gas. (b) Cooperation and Consultation- The resource assessment required by subsection (a) shall be carried out by the United States Geological Survey in cooperation and consultation with the State of Alaska and the American Association of Petroleum Geologists. (c) Timing- The resource assessment required by subsection (a) shall be completed within 24 months of the date of the enactment of this Act. (d) Funding- The United States Geological Survey may, in carrying out the duties under this section, cooperatively use resources and funds provided by the State of Alaska. Subtitle D--BLM Live Internet Auctions SEC. 24001. SHORT TITLE. This subtitle may be cited as the `BLM Live Internet Auctions Act'. SEC. 24002. INTERNET-BASED ONSHORE OIL AND GAS LEASE SALES. (a) Authorization- Section 17(b)(1) of the Mineral Leasing Act (30 U.S.C. 226(b)(1)) is amended-- (1) in subparagraph (A), in the third sentence, by inserting `, except as provided in subparagraph (C)' after `by oral bidding'; and (2) by adding at the end the following: `(C) In order to diversify and expand the Nation's onshore leasing program to ensure the best return to the Federal taxpayer, reduce fraud, and secure the leasing process, the Secretary may conduct onshore lease sales through Internet-based bidding methods. Each individual Internet-based lease sale shall conclude within 7 days.'. (b) Report- Not later than 90 days after the tenth Internet-based lease sale conducted under the amendment made by subsection (a), the Secretary of the Interior shall analyze the first 10 such lease sales and report to Congress the findings of the analysis. The report shall include-- (1) estimates on increases or decreases in such lease sales, compared to sales conducted by oral bidding, in-- (A) the number of bidders; (B) the average amount of bid; (C) the highest amount bid; and (D) the lowest bid; (2) an estimate on the total cost or savings to the Department of the Interior as a result of such sales, compared to sales conducted by oral bidding; and (3) an evaluation of the demonstrated or expected effectiveness of different structures for lease sales which may provide an opportunity to better maximize bidder participation, ensure the highest return to the Federal taxpayers, minimize opportunities for fraud or collusion, and ensure the security and integrity of the leasing process. TITLE III--MISCELLANEOUS PROVISIONS SEC. 30101. ESTABLISHMENT OF OFFICE OF ENERGY EMPLOYMENT AND TRAINING. (a) Establishment- The Secretary of the Interior shall establish an Office of Energy Employment and Training, which shall oversee the hiring and training efforts of the Department of the Interior's energy planning, permitting, and regulatory agencies. (b) Director- (1) IN GENERAL- The Office shall be under the direction of a Deputy Assistant Secretary for Energy Employment and Training, who shall report directly to the Assistant Secretary for Energy, Lands and Minerals Management, and shall be fully employed to carry out the functions of the Office. (2) DUTIES- The Deputy Assistant Secretary for Energy Employment and Training shall perform the following functions: (A) Develop and implement systems to track the Department's hiring of trained skilled workers in the energy permitting and inspection agencies. (B) Design and recommend to the Secretary programs and policies aimed at expanding the Department's hiring of women, minorities, and veterans into the Department's workforce dealing with energy permitting and inspection programs. Such programs and policies shall include-- (i) recruiting at historically black colleges and universities, Hispanic-serving institutions, women's colleges, and colleges that typically serve majority minority populations; (ii) sponsoring and recruiting at job fairs in urban communities; (iii) placing employment advertisements in newspapers and magazines oriented toward minorities, veterans, and women; (iv) partnering with organizations that are focused on developing opportunities for minorities, veterans, and women to be placed in Departmental internships, summer employment, and full-time positions relating to energy; (v) where feasible, partnering with inner-city high schools, girls' high schools, and high schools with majority minority populations to demonstrate career opportunities and the path to those opportunities available at the Department; (vi) coordinating with the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Department of Defense in the hiring of veterans; and (vii) any other mass media communications that the Deputy Assistant Secretary determines necessary to advertise, promote, or educate about opportunities at the Department. (C) Develop standards for-- (i) equal employment opportunity and the racial, ethnic, and gender diversity of the workforce and senior management of the Department; and (ii) increased participation of minority-owned, veteran-owned, and women-owned businesses in the programs and contracts with the Department. (D) Review and propose for adoption the best practices of entities regulated by the Department with regards to hiring and diversity policies, and publish those best practices for public review. (c) Reports- The Secretary shall submit to Congress an annual report regarding the actions taken by the Department of the Interior agency and the Office pursuant to this section, which shall include-- (1) a statement of the total amounts paid by the Department to minority contractors; (2) the successes achieved and challenges faced by the Department in operating minority, veteran or service-disabled veteran, and women outreach programs; (3) the challenges the Department may face in hiring minority, veteran, and women employees and contracting with veteran or service-disabled veteran, minority-owned, and women-owned businesses; and (4) any other information, findings, conclusions, and recommendations for legislative or Department action, as the Director determines appropriate. (d) Definitions- For purposes of this section, the following definitions shall apply: (1) MINORITY- The term `minority' means United States citizens who are Asian Indian American, Asian Pacific American, Black American, Hispanic American, or Native American. (2) MINORITY-OWNED BUSINESS- The term `minority-owned business' means a for-profit enterprise, regardless of size, physically located in the United States or its trust territories, that is owned, operated, and controlled by minority group members. `Minority group members' are United States citizens who are Asian Indian American, Asian Pacific American, Black American, Hispanic American, or Native American (terminology in NMSDC categories). Ownership by minority individuals means the business is at least 51 percent owned by such individuals or, in the case of a publicly owned business, at least 51 percent of the stock is owned by one or more such individuals. Further, the management and daily operations are controlled by those minority group members. For purposes of NMSDC's program, a minority group member is an individual who is a United States citizen with at least 1/4 or 25 percent minimum (documentation to support claim of 25 percent required from applicant) of one or more of the following: (A) Asian Indian American, which is a United States citizen whose origins are from India, Pakistan, or Bangladesh. (B) Asian Pacific American, which is a United States citizen whose origins are from Japan, China, Indonesia, Malaysia, Taiwan, Korea, Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, the Philippines, Thailand, Samoa, Guam, the United States Trust Territories of the Pacific, or the Northern Marianas. (C) Black American, which is a United States citizen having origins in any of the Black racial groups of Africa. (D) Hispanic American, which is a United States citizen of true-born Hispanic heritage, from any of the Spanish-speaking areas of the following regions: Mexico, Central America, South America, and the Caribbean Basin only. (E) Native American, which means a United States citizen enrolled to a federally recognized tribe, or a Native as defined under the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act. (3) NMSDC- The term `NMSDC' means the National Minority Supplier Development Council. (4) WOMEN-OWNED BUSINESS- The term `women-owned business' means a business that can verify through evidence documentation that 51 percent or more is women-owned, managed, and controlled. The business must be open for at least 6 months. The business owner must be a United States citizen or legal resident alien. Evidence must indicate that-- (A) the contribution of capital or expertise by the woman business owner is real and substantial and in proportion to the interest owned; (B) the woman business owner directs or causes the direction of management, policy, fiscal, and operational matters; and (C) the woman business owner has the ability to perform in the area of specialty or expertise without reliance on either the finances or resources of a firm that is not owned by a woman. (5) SERVICE DISABLED VETERAN- The term `Service Disabled Veteran' must have a service-connected disability that has been determined by the Department of Veterans Affairs or Department of Defense. The SDVOSBC must be small under the North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) code assigned to the procurement; the SDV must unconditionally own 51 percent of the SDVOSBC; the SDVO must control the management and daily operations of the SDVOSBC; and the SDV must hold the highest officer position in the SDVOSBC. (6) VETERAN-OWNED BUSINESS- The term `veteran-owned business' means a business that can verify through evidence documentation that 51 percent or more is veteran-owned, managed, and controlled. The business must be open for at least 6 months. The business owner must be a United States citizen or legal resident alien and honorably or service-connected disability discharged from service. Passed the House of Representatives June 26, 2014. Attest: Clerk. 113th CONGRESS2d SessionH. R. 4899AN ACT To lower gasoline prices for the American family by increasing domestic onshore and offshore energy exploration and production, to streamline and improve onshore and offshore energy permitting and administration, and for other purposes.
H.Res.4895 Jun-18-14
STATUS: June 18, 2014.--Introduced in House. H.R.4895 Microbead-Free Waters Act of 2014 (Introduced in House - IH) HR 4895 IH 113th CONGRESS2d Session H. R. 4895 To prohibit the sale or distribution of cosmetics containing synthetic plastic microbeads. IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVESJune 18, 2014 Mr. PALLONE introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce A BILL To prohibit the sale or distribution of cosmetics containing synthetic plastic microbeads. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE. This Act may be cited as the `Microbead-Free Waters Act of 2014'. SEC. 2. PROHIBITION AGAINST SALE OR DISTRIBUTION OF COSMETICS CONTAINING SYNTHETIC PLASTIC MICROBEADS. (a) In General- Section 601 of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (21 U.S.C. 361) is amended by adding at the end the following: `(f) If it contains synthetic plastic microbeads.'. (b) Applicability- The amendment made by subsection (a) applies beginning on January 1, 2018.
H.Res.4846 Jun-11-14
STATUS: June 11, 2014.--Introduced. H.R.4846 Arapaho National Forest Boundary Adjustment Act of 2014 (Referred in Senate - RFS) HR 4846 RFS 113th CONGRESS2d Session H. R. 4846IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATESNovember 17, 2014 Received; read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources AN ACT To adjust the boundary of the Arapaho National Forest, Colorado, and for other purposes. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE. This Act may be cited as the `Arapaho National Forest Boundary Adjustment Act of 2014'. SEC. 2. ARAPAHO NATIONAL FOREST BOUNDARY ADJUSTMENT. (a) In General- The boundary of the Arapaho National Forest in the State of Colorado is adjusted to incorporate the approximately 92.95 acres of land generally depicted as `The Wedge' on the map entitled `Arapaho National Forest Boundary Adjustment' and dated November 6, 2013, and described as lots three, four, eight, and nine of section 13, Township 4 North, Range 76 West, Sixth Principal Meridian, Colorado. A lot described in this subsection may be included in the boundary adjustment only after the Secretary of Agriculture obtains written permission for such action from the lot owner or owners. (b) Bowen Gulch Protection Area- The Secretary of Agriculture shall include all Federal land within the boundary described in subsection (a) in the Bowen Gulch Protection Area established under section 6 of the Colorado Wilderness Act of 1993 (16 U.S.C. 539j). (c) Land and Water Conservation Fund- For purposes of section 7 of the Land and Water Conservation Fund Act of 1965 (16 U.S.C. 460l-9), the boundaries of the Arapaho National Forest, as modified under subsection (a), shall be considered to be the boundaries of the Arapaho National Forest as in existence on January 1, 1965. (d) Acquisition- The Secretary of Agriculture is authorized to acquire only by donation or exchange non-Federal lands within the boundary described in subsection (a). (e) Public Motorized Use- Nothing in this Act opens privately-owned lands within the boundary described in subsection (a) to public motorized use. (f) Access to Non-Federal Lands- Notwithstanding the provisions of section 6(f) of the Colorado Wilderness Act of 1993 (16 U.S.C. 539j(f)) regarding motorized travel, the owners of any non-Federal lands within the boundary described in subsection (a) who historically have accessed their lands through lands now or hereafter owned by the United States within the boundary described in subsection (a) shall have the continued right of motorized access to their lands across the existing roadway. Passed the House of Representatives November 13, 2014. Attest: KAREN L. HAAS, Clerk.
H.Res.4801 Jun-05-14
STATUS: June 5, 2014.--Introduced in House. June 6, 2014.--Referred to Subcommittee on Energy and Power June 23, 2014.--Reported by the Committee on Energy and Commerce. H. Rept. 113-489. June 23, 2014.--Passed in House by voice vote. June 24, 2014.--Referred to Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources. H.R.4801 To require the Secretary of Energy to prepare a report on the impact of thermal insulation on both energy and water use for potable hot water. (Engrossed in House [Passed House] - EH) HR 4801 EH 113th CONGRESS2d Session H. R. 4801AN ACT To require the Secretary of Energy to prepare a report on the impact of thermal insulation on both energy and water use for potable hot water. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, SECTION 1. REPORT ON ENERGY AND WATER SAVINGS POTENTIAL FROM THERMAL INSULATION. (a) Report- Not later than 1 year after the date of enactment of this Act, the Secretary of Energy, in consultation with appropriate Federal agencies and relevant stakeholders, shall submit to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources of the Senate and the Committee on Energy and Commerce of the House of Representatives a report on the impact of thermal insulation on both energy and water use systems for potable hot and chilled water in Federal buildings, and the return on investment of installing such insulation. (b) Contents- The report shall include-- (1) an analysis based on the cost of municipal or regional water for delivered water and the avoided cost of new water; and (2) a summary of energy and water savings, including short term and long term (20 years) projections of such savings. Passed the House of Representatives June 23, 2014. Attest: Clerk. 113th CONGRESS2d SessionH. R. 4801AN ACT To require the Secretary of Energy to prepare a report on the impact of thermal insulation on both energy and water use for potable hot water.
H.Res.4562 Jul-25-14
STATUS May 1, 2014.--Introduced in House July 17, 2014.--Reported by the Committee on Natural Resources. H. Rept. 113-536. July 22, 2014.--Passed House without amendment by voice vote July 23, 2014.--Referred to Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources. H.R.4562 To authorize early repayment of obligations to the Bureau of Reclamation within the Northport Irrigation District in the State of Nebraska. (Referred in Senate - RFS) HR 4562 RFS 113th CONGRESS2d Session H. R. 4562IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATESJuly 23, 2014 Received; read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources AN ACT To authorize early repayment of obligations to the Bureau of Reclamation within the Northport Irrigation District in the State of Nebraska. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, SECTION 1. EARLY REPAYMENT OF CONSTRUCTION COSTS. (a) In General- Notwithstanding section 213 of the Reclamation Reform Act of 1982 (43 U.S.C. 390mm), any landowner within the Northport Irrigation District in the State of Nebraska (referred to in this section as the `District') may repay, at any time, the construction costs of project facilities allocated to the landowner's land within the District. (b) Applicability of Full-Cost Pricing Limitations- On discharge, in full, of the obligation for repayment of all construction costs described in subsection (a) that are allocated to all land the landowner owns in the District in question, the parcels of land shall not be subject to the ownership and full-cost pricing limitations under Federal reclamation law (the Act of June 17, 1902, 32 Stat. 388, chapter 1093), and Acts supplemental to and amendatory of that Act (43 U.S.C. 371 et seq.), including the Reclamation Reform Act of 1982 (13 U.S.C. 390aa et seq.). (c) Certification- On request of a landowner that has repaid, in full, the construction costs described in subsection (a), the Secretary of the Interior shall provide to the landowner a certificate described in section 213(b)(1) of the Reclamation Reform Act of 1982 (43 U.S.C. 390mm(b)(1)). (d) Effect- Nothing in this section-- (1) modifies any contractual rights under, or amends or reopens, the reclamation contract between the District and the United States; or (2) modifies any rights, obligations, or relationships between the District and landowners in the District under Nebraska State law. Passed the House of Representatives July 22, 2014. Attest: KAREN L. HAAS, Clerk.