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SPECIAL REPORT: Omnibus Appropriations Conference Report for FY2003 and California Implications - February 27, 2003


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CONTENTS OF THIS SPECIAL REPORT

Department of Justice

Department of Commerce

Department of the Interior

Army Corps of Engineers

Department of Energy

Department of Labor

Department of Health and Human Services

Department of Education

Department of Transportation

Department of Agriculture

Department of Veteran Affairs

Department of Housing and Urban Development

National Aeronautics and Space Administration

National Science Foundation

Environmental Protection Agency

Institute of Museum and Library Services

Federal Emergency Management Administration

General Services Administration


On January 8, 2003, the House passed by voice vote H.J.Res. 2 providing continuing appropriations for Fiscal Year 2003 through January 31, 2003. On January 15, the Senate began consideration of the resolution and attached Senate Amendment 1 in the nature of a substitute. The Senate amendment contains $390 billion to fund the FY03 appropriations for the eleven appropriations bills that were unfinished at the end of the 107th Congress. As of January 23, the Senate continued to consider the Omnibus Appropriations package, and the House is expected to take it up the following week.

The following represents a quick analysis of the Senate's Omnibus bill from a California perspective as prepared by the California Institute. Our analysis is based on the legislative language in the Senate Amendment. Further details on specific funding implications for California may become available once the House and Senate have conferenced on the bill and issued a report. We apologize for any errors or omissions in our discussion of these documents, and would appreciate any input/feedback on how to make improving corrections. The ordering of items generally reflects their presence in the bill and does not mean to imply any relative importance.

This appropriations analysis is available on the California Institute web site at http://www.calinst.org/pubs/omn03s.htm and a printable version in Adobe Acrobat ("pdf") format is available at http://www.calinst.org/pubs/omn03s.pdf .


On February 12, 2003, congressional negotiators agreed to a $397.4 billion FY03 Omnibus Appropriations Conference Report, H.J. Res. 2, which incorporates the eleven unfinished appropriations measures for non-military domestic spending into one package. After four months passing temporary stop-gap spending measures to maintain government operations, the House passed the bill on February 13 by a vote of 338-83, after the Motion to Recommit failed by a largely party line vote of 193-226. The Senate passed the Conference Report on February 14.

The final funding level is about $11.5 billion more than the $385.9 billion limit the White House had imposed on Congress. In order to offset additional spending for education and other programs, the bill includes a 0.65 percent across-the-board spending cut. However, Head Start, the Space Shuttle program, VA medical care, and the Women Infants and Children's (WIC) program are exempted from the cut.

The following updates the preliminary analysis that the California Institute prepared on February 13, (See, Bulletin, Vol. 10, No, 3 (2/13/03), and summarizes some of the major provisions in the bill of particular concern to California. It represents a quick analysis of the Omnibus bill from a California perspective as prepared by the California Institute. We apologize for any errors or omissions in our discussion of these documents, and would appreciate any input/feedback on how to make improving corrections. The ordering of items does not mean to imply any relative importance.

This appropriations analysis is available on the California Institute web site at http://www.calinst.org/pubs/omn03c.htm and a printable version in Adobe Acrobat ("pdf") format is available at http://www.calinst.org/pubs/omn03c.pdf .



COMMERCE-JUSTICE-STATE APPROPRIATIONS



Spending for the Departments of Commerce, Justice, and State are basically held at FY02 levels. Total funding for discretionary spending is set at $41.3 billion, compared to $41.4 billion in FY02 and the President's request of $41.8 billion.



Department of Justice

The State Criminal Alien Assistance Program (SCAAP) will receive only $250 million in funding, as opposed to the $565 million appropriated in FY02. The program partially reimburses the states for the costs of incarcerating undocumented criminal aliens. California receives almost 40 percent of the funding; in FY02 the State, county and local governments received $220.24 million in SCAAP funds.

State & Local Law Enforcement and Byrne Grants

A total of $2.065 billion is provided for State and Local Law Enforcement Assistance. The Local Law Enforcement Block Grant program is level funded at $400 million, and Byrne grants are funded at $650,914,000, of which $150,914,000 is for discretionary grants. The Conference Report also stipulates that the following California programs be considered for Byrne Discretionary Grants:

$200,000 for San Marcos for a community policing initiative;$1,500,000 for the City of Los Angeles for the Community Law Enforcement and Recovery anti-gang program

$1,000,000 to expand the Los Angeles Community Law Enforcement and Recovery anti-gang program to the Hollenbeck division;

$300,000 for the City of Norwalk for the Gang-Free Communities program;

$500,000 for the Los Angeles Community Development Commission to expand its crime and safety program;

200,000 for the Solano County multi-jurisdictional response team.



Bureau of Justice Assistance

Within the amounts appropriated, the conferees expect BJA to examine each of the following proposals, to provide grants if warranted, and to submit a report to the Committees on Appropriations on its intentions for each proposal:

$300,000 for the City of Arcadia for a regional public safety training facility;

$500,000 for the Public Safety Academy in the Santa Clarita Valley;

$1,250,000 for the San Diego County Sheriff īs Department for automation infrastructure improvements;

$250,000 for the Redlands Police Department for law enforcement technologies;

$250,000 for the Riverside Police Department for technology enhancements;

$200,000 for the Woodland Police Department for law enforcement equipment and technologies;

$250,000 for the Orange County, Sheriff īs Department of Santa Ana for mobile data terminals;

$2,000,000 for the Los Angeles County Sheriff īs office for a training equipment;

$50,000 for the City of Rialto for anti-terrorist technology;

$50,000 for the City of Rialto for anti-terrorist technology;

$250,000 for the Los Angeles County Sheriff īs Department for a mobile communications system;

$250,000 for Orange County for Mobile Data Terminals;

$111,000 for the San Louis County Sheriff īs Department for law enforcement technologies;

$1,000,000 for Placer County for public safety communications upgrades;

$157,000 for the City of Rancho Cucamonga for an emergency communications program;

$350,000 for the City of Upland communications and technology upgrades;

$500,000 for the City of Roseville to improve communications among public safety agencies;

$500,000 for Imperial County for the development of an inter-agency emergency communications system;

$250,000 for the Los Angeles County Sheriff īs Department for a mobile communications system;

$250,000 for the City of Belmont

$1.3 million for the San Joaquin Valley Rural Agricultural Crime Prevention Program;

$200,000 for San Marcos for a community policing initiative;

$1.5 million for the City of Los Angeles for the Community Law Enforcement and Recovery anti-gang program;

$1 million to expand the LA Community Law Enforcement and Recovery anti-gang program to the Hollenbeck division;

$500,000 to the LA Community Development Commission to expand its crime safety program;

$200,000 for the Solano County multi-jurisdictional response team;

$80,000 to the Marysville police department for a mobile command center; and

$180,000 for the Homeless Outreach Team in San Diego.

$40 million is also provided for the Southwest Border Prosecution program under the Community Oriented Policing Services account.



Office of Justice Programs

Within the overall amounts recommended, the conferees expect OJP to examine each of the following proposals, to provide grants if warranted, and to submit a report to the Committees on Appropriations its intentions for each proposal:

$500,000 for San Bernardino for an electronic crime report filing system;

$1,000,000 for the San Bernardino Sheriff's Department for the SECURES gunshot detection system project;

$500,000 for Ventura County for an integrated justice information system; and

$250,000 for Sacramento County Sheriff īs Department for records management and communications systems.

Within the overall amounts recommended for the Crime Laboratory Improvement and DNA Backlog Elimination Programs, the OJP is instructed to examine each of the following proposals, provide grants if warranted, and submit a report to the Committees on its intentions for each of the following California proposals:

$500,000 for the City of Whittier for forensic science equipment;

$2,000,000 for the Department of Justice of the State of California for the Integrated Laboratory Information Management System;

$250,000 for the Sacramento County Sheriff īs Department to modernize its data infrastructure;

$500,000 for the Anaheim Police Department for their School Gang Officers Division;

$150,000 for the City of Rialto for the Police Activities League program;

$500,000 for Orange County Fire F.R.I.E.N.D.S. program, to help reduce juvenile fire setting;

$2,000,000 for the Los Angeles BEST youth program;

$500,000 for the Elysian Valley United Community Services in Los Angeles for youth programs; and

$100,000 for Fresno County for the Keep Kids in School program.



Immigration and Naturalization Service

Immigration enforcement activities will receive $6.159 billion. The bill fully funds at $362 million the Entry Exit program to track the arrival and departure of non-U.S. citizens, and removes a funding prohibition on the National Crime Laboratory Improvement and DNA Backlogging Elimination programs. Additional funds of $57 million are also included to hire another 570 Border Patrol Agents, and $25.5 million in additional funds is provided to hire 460 land border Immigration Inspectors. The bill also funds the hiring of 760 new airport and seaport inspectors and support personnel. After the new hires, the total number of Border Patrol Agents will be 11,000. $14 million in funding is also provided for construction of the Border Patrol Station at El Centro, and $1 million is appropriated for San Diego Border Barriers

In total, the Omnibus Conference Report provides $3.5 billion in assistance to state and local First Responders; $2.4 billion in the Commerce-Justice section of the bill and $1.1 billion in the VA-HUD and Independent Agencies section.



Department of Commerce

The Conference Report requires the Secretary of Commerce to institute a capacity reduction program for West Coast groundfish fisheries. It also directs that a referendum on an industry fee system take place and that individuals with permits for Washington, Oregon, or California Dungeness crab and Pink shrimp are eligible to vote in the referendum to approve an industry fee system, and it requires the Department to publish a public notice in the Federal Register and issue an invitation to bid for reduction payments.



Small Business Administration

- $1,100,000 is provided for a grant to the City of Los Angeles to develop a facility to support downtown business development; and

- $500,000 is provided for a grant to the California State University, San Bernardino for development of the Center for the Commercialization of Advanced Technology.



INTERIOR APPROPRIATIONS



Department of the Interior

Funding for the Department of the Interior also remains relatively flat compared to FY02 funding, and below the President's request. The Omnibus contains $19.1 billion in funding, whereas President Bush had requested $19.5 billion, and FY02 funding was $19.2 billion. The majority of the decrease in spending comes from the Department's conservation programs, which are cut by $200 million, 15 percent less than FY02.

The Payment in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) program will receive a $10 million increase to $220 million in FY03 funding.

The bill provides $26 million in funding for the Quincy Library Group.

$2,000,000 is authorized to provide grants, to be divided equally, to Nevada, California, the Truckee Meadows Water Authority, and the Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe, to implement the Truckee River Settlement Act.

The bill prohibits any appropriated funds from being used to determine the final point of discharge for the interceptor drain for the San Luis Unit until development by the Secretary of the Interior and the State of California of a plan that conforms to the water quality standards of the State of California, as approved by EPA, to minimize any detrimental effect of the San Luis drainage waters.

The Conference Report states that the costs of the Kesterson Reservoir Cleanup Program and the costs of the San Joaquin Valley Drainage Program are to be classified by Interior as either reimbursable or nonreimbursable and collected until fully repaid. Any future obligations of funds by the United States relating to, or providing for, drainage service or drainage studies for the San Luis Unit must be fully reimbursable by San Luis Unit beneficiaries of such service or studies pursuant to Federal reclamation law.

The bill prohibits the use of appropriated funds for the conduct of offshore preleasing, leasing and related activities placed under restriction in the Presidentīs moratorium statement of June 12, 1998, in the areas of northern, central, and southern California; the North Atlantic; Washington and Oregon; and the eastern Gulf of Mexico south of 26 degrees north latitude and east of 86 degrees west longitude.

The Conference Report also includes a Sense of the Congress Resolution regarding the 36 undeveloped southern California offshore oil leases that states that the Secretary of the Interior should not approve any exploration, development, or production plan for, or application for a permit to drill on those leases at any time while the lessees are engaged in settlement negotiations with Interior for the retirement of the leases.

Land Acquisition

The conference agreement provides $33,450,000 for land acquisition instead of $47,486,000 as proposed by the House and $30,150,000 as proposed by the Senate. Funds for California projects are to distributed as follows:

Cosumnes River Watershed (easements only) - $2,500,000

El Dorado Preserve - $2,000,000

Potrero Creek - $2,000,000

King Range National Conservation Area - $2,000,000

Oregon and California Grant Lands - $105,633,000 is appropriated for management, protection, and development of resources and for construction, operation, and maintenance of access roads, reforestation, and other improvements on the revested Oregon and California Railroad grant lands, on other Federal lands in the Oregon and California land-grant counties of Oregon, and on adjacent rights-of-way; and acquisition of lands or interests therein including existing connecting roads on or adjacent to such grant lands.



U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

- not less than $2,000,000 is be provided to local governments in southern California for planning associated with the Natural Communities Conservation Planning (NCCP) program.

Construction

The conference agreement provides $54,427,000 for construction instead of $53,108,000 as proposed by the House and $42,882,000 as proposed by the Senate. Funds are to be distributed as follows:

Klamath Basin NWR Complex, Water supply and management-Phase IV - $1,000,000;

Sonny Bono Salton Sea NWR, Seismic safety rehabilitation of shop building-Phase II - $200,000;

San Diego NWR - $2,000,000

Fox Theatre - $200,000

Touro University School of Nursing, Vallejo - $250,000

Channel Islands NP (animal protection devices) - $2,116,000

Death Valley NP (replace maint facility) - $2,007,000

Golden Gate NRA (Alcatraz barracks) - $1,210,000

Golden Gate NRA (Cliff House) - $1,914,000

Joshua Tree NP (repair campgrounds) - $70,000

SF Maritime NHP (C.A. Thayer) - $1,000,000

Mojave National Preserve - $1,000,000

Point Reyes National Seashore - $1,500,000

Santa Monica Mountains NRA - $1,000,000

Economic Action Programs

Facilities, Capital Improvement Projects

San Bernardino NF, Big Bear Center - $550,000

San Bernardino NF, dogwood cmpgrd rehab. - $1,500,000

Stanislaus NF, Emigrant impound. rehab - $80,000

Lake Tahoe basin, NV/CA - $700,000



U.S. Forest Service - National Forest System

Land Acquisition

The conference agreement provides $133,815,000 for land acquisition instead of $146,336,000 as proposed by the House and $145,763,000 as proposed by the Senate. Funds for California are to be distributed as follows:

Lake Tahoe Basin: Critically Sensitive Lands (CA/NV) - $4,000,000

Los Padres NF: Big Sur Ecosystem - $3,000,000

Multiple NFs: Pacific Crest Trail (CA/OR/WA) - $3,000,000

San Bernardino NF - $2,000,000

Tahoe NF: North Fork American River-SPI - $2,000,000

Acquisition of lands for national forests special acts

$1,069,000, to be derived from forest receipts, is provided for the acquisition of lands is several national forests, including the Angeles, San Bernardino, Sequoia, and Cleveland National Forests in California.

Funds are also provided for payments to Del Norte County, California pursuant to the Smith River National Recreation Area Act.

General Provisions

Section 315 authorizes the Secretaries of Agriculture and the Interior are authorized to limit competition for watershed restoration project contracts as part of the "Jobs in the Woods" Program to individuals and entities in historically timber-dependent areas in the States of Washington, Oregon, northern California, Idaho, Montana, and Alaska that have been affected by reduced timber harvesting on Federal lands. The Secretaries are directed to consider the benefits to the local economy in evaluating bids and designing procurements that create economic opportunities for local contractors.



ENERGY AND WATER APPROPRIATIONS



Energy and Water programs will be boosted from $25.30 billion in FY02 to $26.16 billion in FY03, about $300 million more than the President requested. The Conference Report provides $917 million for the Bureau of Reclamation, an increase of $72 million over the President's request and $2 million above the FY02 level.

California Bay-Delta projects will receive $23 million under the bill, as opposed to the $30 million contained in the Senate version. Funding for the Environmental Water Account was decreased from $15 million to $9 million. The conference report also retains the Senate language authorizing the Interior Department and other federal agencies to continue to participate in the CALFED Bay-Delta Authority. Interior is also authorized to undertake feasibility studies for the Sites Reservoir, Los Vaqueros Reservoir Enlargement, and Upper San Joaquin Storage projects. Language providing for a feasibility study of In-Delta Storage, however, was dropped. The provision also calls for these studies, as well as environmental and other projects, to be pursued in a balanced manner.



Elk Hills School Lands Fund

The payment of $36 million is appropriated for the State of California for the State Teachers' Retirement Fund from the Elk Hills School Lands Fund.



Army Corps of Engineers

The Corps of Engineers will receive $4.6 billion, $28 million less than FY02, but $457 million over the President's request. Among the projects specifically funded are:

- $1 million for the Napa River Salt Marsh Restoration project;

- about $3 million to complete the feasibility study and initiate preconstruction engineering and design for the Sacramento and San Joaquin Comprehensive Basin Study;

- $7 million for the San Timoteo Creek (Santa Ana River Mainstem);

- an additional $2 million for Corps projects in the Sacramento area.

The report does not include specific funding for the Port of Stockton study requested by the House, but states that funds for this are included in the San Francisco to Stockton project under the Construction, General account.

$4.5 million is also provided for the Coastal Field Data Collection Program, of which $1 million is for the Southern California Beach Processes study.

Under General Provisions, the Secretary of the Army is directed to accept advance funds, pursuant to section 11 of the River and Harbor Act of 1925, from the non-Federal sponsor of the Los Angeles Harbor project, which are needed to maintain the project schedule.

The Secretary of the Army, acting through the Chief of Engineers, is also directed to use $3,160,000 to undertake work to expand or improve recreational facilities and undertake environmental restoration activities at the Hansen Dam Recreation Area, California, consistent with the Hansen Dam Recreation Area Master Plan:

The Corps is also directed to use appropriated funds to rehabilitate the existing dredged material disposal site for the project for navigation at Bodega Bay Harbor, California, and to initiate maintenance dredging of the Federal channel.

The project for flood control for Terminus Dam, Kaweah River, California is modified to authorize the Corps to construct the project at a total cost of $50,000,000, with an estimated Federal share of $28,600,000 and an estimated non-Federal share of $21,400,000.



Army Corps of Engineers - General Investigations Earmarks

General investigations earmarks for the Army Corps of Engineers include:

Aliso Creek Mainstem $300,000; American River Watershed $1.28 million; Arana Gulch Watershed $50,000; Arroyo de la Laguna $100,000; Ballona Creek $175,000; Bolinas Lagoon $300,000; California Coastal Sediment Master Plan $100,000; City of Inglewood $200,000; City of Norwalk $100,000; City of San Bernardino $250,000; City of Santa Clarita $100,000; South Coast - LA County $350,000; Coyote Dam $100,000; Desert Hot Springs $200,000; Eastern Municipal Water District $150,000; Estudillo Canal $100,000; Folsom Dam $100,000; Grayson and Murderer's Creeks $200,000; Huntington Harbor Dredging $100,000; Laguna Creek Watershed $100,000; Laguna de Santa Rosa $100,000; Llagas Creek $325,000;Los Angeles County $225,000; Los Angeles County Drainage Area (Cornfields) $100,000; Lower Cache Creek (Yolo County) $250,000; Lower Mission Creek $500,000; Malibu Creek Watershed $200,000; Marin County Shoreline - San Clemente Creek $25,000; Marina Del Rey and Ballona Creek $275,000; Matilija Dam $200,000; Middle Creek $50,000; Morro Bay Estuary $250,000; Mugu Lagoon $250,000; Dry Creek in Middletown $200,000; Lower Sacramento River Riparian Revegitation $100,000; Napa River Salt Marsh Restoration $1 million; Newport Bay $300,000; Newport Bay/San Diego Creek Watershed $250,000; Ocean Beach $50,000; Santa Ana River Basin $200,000; Coast Beach Erosion - Orange County $250,000; Orange County SAMP $300,000; Pajaro River at Watsonville $500,000; Pajaro River Basin Study $100,000; Fine Flat Dam $200,000; Poso Creek $200,000; Prado Basin $50,000; Riverside County SAMP $1 million; Rock Creek and Keefer Slough $25,000; Russian River Ecosystem Restoration $200,000; Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta $100,000; Sacramento-San Joaquin Comprehensive Basin Study $3.1 billion; San Bernardino County $200,000; San Clemente Shoreline $398,000; San Diego SAMP $600,000; San Diego County Shoreline $500,000; San Francisco Bay $300,000; San Jacinto River $250,000; San Joaquin River Basin (various) $900,000; San Juan Creek $200,000; San Pablo Bay Watershed $240,000; Santa Ana River - Big Bear Lake $300,000; Santa Clara River - City of Santa Clarita $200,000; Santa Cruz Port $50,000; Santa Rosa Creek Watershed $260,000; Santa Ynez River $50,000; Solana-Encinitas $500,000; Sonoma Creek $150,000; Strong and Chicken Ranch Sloughs $100,000; Sutter County $677,000; Tahoe Basin $1.5 million; Tijuana River Valley $300,000; Tujunga Wash Restoration $100,000; Upper Guadalupe River $200,000; Upper Penitencia Creek $559,000; Upper Santa Ana River Watershed $150,000; Ventura and Santa Barbara County Shoreline $200,000; Ventura Harbor Sand Bypass $150,000; Westminster- Coyote and Carbon Canyon Creek Watersheds $50,000; Westminister - East Garden Grove $300,000; White River and Deer Creek $150,000; Whitewater River Basin $350,000; Wildcat and San Pablo Creeks $50,000.



Army Corps of Engineers - Construction Earmarks

Corps of Engineers construction funding includes the following earmarks: American River Watershed-Folsom Dam Modifications $4.9 million; American River Watershed $22.3 million; City of Santa Clarita $1.5 million; Corte Madera Creek $100,000; Coyote and Berryessa Creeks $750,000; Farmington Groundwater Recharge Demo Program $1 million; Guadalupe River $8 million; Hamilton Airfield Wetlands Restoration $5 million; Harbor/South Baywater Recycling $6 million; Imperial Beach - Silver Strand Shoreline $600,000; Kaweah River $11 million; Los Angeles Harbor $12 million; Lower Sacramento Area Levee Reconstruction $1.68 million; Marysville-Yuba City Levee Reconstruction $5.9 million; Merced County Streams $500 million; Mid Valley Area Levee Reconstruction $ 5.2 million; Murietta Creek $1 million; Napa River $9 million; Newport Bay Harbor $972,000; North Valley Regional Water Infrastructure $1 million; Oakland Harbor (50 foot project) $12 million; Petaluma River $6 million; Sacramento River $2 million; Sacramento River Bank Protection $2.6 million; Sacramento River Deepwater Ship Channel $250,000; Sacramento River - Glenn-Colusa Irrigation District $806,000; San Francisco Bay to Stockton $1.8 million; San Lorenzo River $2.8 million; San Ramon Valley $300,000; Santa Ana River Mainstem $35 million; Santa Barbara Harbor $100,000; South Perris $1 million; South Sacramento County Streams $2 million; Success Dam $1 million; Surfside - Sunset - Newport Beach $4.3 million; Tule River $2 million; Upper Sacramento Area Levee Reconstruction $3.5 million; and Yuba River Basin $500,000.



Army Corps of Engineers - Operation and Maintenance Earmarks

Corps of Engineers earmarks for operation and maintenance include: Black Butte Lake $2 million; Bodega Bay $1.9 million; Buchanan Dam $1.8 million; Channel Islands Harbor $4.2 million; Coyote Valley Dam $3.6 million; Crescent City Harbor $600,000; Dry Creek Lake and Channel $4.8 million Farmington Dam $308,000; Hidden Dam - Hensley Lake $1.8 million; Humboldt Harbor and Bay $4.5 million; inspection of completed works in CA $1.1 million; Isabella Lake $1.2 million; Los Angeles - Long Beach Harbor Model and Harbors $490,000; Marina Del Rey $60,000; Merced County Streams $313,000; Mojave River Dam $259,000; Morro Bay Harbor $1.3 million; Moss Landing Harbor $1.5 million; New Hogan Lake $2 million; New Melones Lake $1.7 million; Newport Bay Harbor $1 million; Oakland Harbor $11.2 million; Oceanside Harbor $1.2 million; Petaluma River $1.3 million; Pillar Point Harbor $200,000; Pine Flat Lake $2.5 million; Port Hueneme $500,000; project condition surveys in CA $1.1 million; Richmond Harbor $4.4 million; Sacramento River (30 foot project) $2.2 million; Sacramento River & Tributaries Debris Control $1.3 million; Sacramento River Shallow Draft Channel $145,000; San Diego Harbor $150,000; San Diego River and Mission Bay $60,000; San Francisco Bay Delta Model Structure $1.2 million; San Francisco Bay Long Term Management Strategy $1 million; San Francisco Harbor and Bay Drift Removal $2.1 million; San Francisco Harbor $1.9 million; San Joaquin River $2.5 million San Pablo Bay and Mare Island Strait $1.5 million; Santa Ana River Basin $3.4 million; Santa Barbara Harbor $1.8 million; scheduling reservoir operations in California $1.4 million; Success Lake $2 million; Suisun Bay Channel $3.8 million; Terminus Dam - Lake Kaweah $1.8 million; Ventura Harbor $3.9 million; and Yuba River $63,000.



Department of Energy

Funding for fusion energy sciences, of which California perennially wins the lion's share, will rise from $241 million in FY 2002 to $250 million in FY 2004. However, the amount is below the total proposed in the President's budget.

High energy physics would receive $706.9 million under the conference agreement, and basic energy sciences research would receive $772.9 million. The agreement provides $6 million for engineering design and construction at the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center. It also provides $172.6 million for advanced scientific computing research.

A National Nuclear Security Administration construction account for advanced simulation and computing provides $13.3 million for construction of a distributed information systems laboratory at Sandia National Laboratory in Livermore, and $35 million for a terascale simulation facility at Lawrence Livermore Lab.

Readiness construction funding is provided for various projects, including $10 million for an engineering technology complex upgrade at LLNL, $113 million for a microsystems and engineering sciences applications complex at Sandia, $9.6 million for a sensitive compartmented facility at LLNL, $4 million for isotope sciences facilities at LLNL, and $5.9 million for roof reconstruction at LLNL.

Within an overall total of $504.3 million for inertial confinement fusion, the conference agreement provides an additional $8 million for enhanced National Ignition Facility (NIF) diagnostics and/or cryogenic target activities, and $214 million for continued construction of the NIF. For petawatt laser capabilities, the conference agreement provides $5 million to modify the beamlet laser at the Sandia National Laboratories and $1 million for community activities in developing critical short-pulse, high power laser technology. The agreement provides an additional $3.5 million for university grants/other ICF support For advance simulation and computing, the agreement provides $704 million.

The agreement provides $22 million for to accelerate cleanup activities at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.



LABOR - HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES - EDUCATION
APPROPRIATIONS



Department of Labor

Training and Employment Services

For Training and Employment Services, the conference report provides funding level of $5.2 billion, a decrease of $43 million in comparison to $5.63 billion in funding provided in FY02 conference report. Of the total amount appropriated, $2,755,070,000 plus reimbursements is included directly in the conference language and $2,463,000,000 is provided as an advance appropriation for fiscal year 2004, as proposed by H.R. 246 in the Senate. The report includes $4.64 million for migrant and seasonal housing, and provides $2.463 billion in separate funding for Workforce Investment Act. The conference report also includes the following earmarks:

- $300,000 for the Bay Area Vidio Coalition in San Francisco

-$275,000 for the Regional Training Institute, Contra Costa Community College District in Walnut Creek

-$100,000 for the Skill Training Program for Welfare Recipients, Ventura County Human Services Agency

-$600,000 for the Pride Industries in Roseville to create long-term jobs for persons with disabilities and other barriers to employment

-$250,000 for the Project Amiga's TeleVillage Program in South El Monte

-$175,000 for the San Diego Workforce Partnership for planning and evaluation and to develop a curriculum for the Pacific Center

-$900,000 for the Telacu Education Foundation in Los Angeles for a Community-Based Nursing Careers Program

-$250,000 for the Valley Economic Development Center in Van Nuys for the Pacoima Workforce Development Initiative to train low-income inner-city and minority families

-$350,000 for the Young Community Developers, Inc. in San Francisco to train low income residents as environmental remediation specialists.



Department of Health and Human Services

The conference report appropriates $6.5 billion in funding for the Department of Health and Human Services. The conference report allocated total includes $719 million in funding for State AIDS Drug Assistance Programs. The FY03 amount is $3.3 billion higher than the spending level appropriated in FY02 conference bill, and corresponds to the same amount that the administration requested in its FY03 budget proposal. The conference report includes the following earmarks:

-$100,000 for the Area 1 Agency on Aging in Del Norte County

-$150,000 for the Childrenīs Hospital of Central California located in Los Angeles for construction of the Pediatric Trauma Unit

-$475,000 for the Childrenīs Hospital of San Diego

-$100,000 for the City of Glendale for the Edison-Pacific Community Medical Clinic

-$650,000 for the County of San Mateo

-$500,000 for the Department of Public Health in Redding for a new Public Health Laboratory

-$200,000 for the Dominican University of California in San Rafael

-$500,000 for the Eisenhower Medical Center in Rancho Mirage

-$300,000 for the Family Health Centers of San Diego

-$250,000 for the Friendship House Association of American Indians in San Francisco

-$250,000 for the Glide Memorial Foundation in San Francisco

-$200,000 for the Grossmont College in El Cajon

-$700,000 for the Hi-Desert Medical Center in Joshua Tree

-$200,000 for the Humboldt Senior Resource Center in Eureka

-$240,000 for the Los Angeles City College

-$300,000 for the Moneta Gardens Improvement, Inc., in Hawthorne

-$1,250,000 for the MultiDimensional Imaging, Inc., in Newport Beach

-$175,000 for the Navidad Medical Center in Salinas

-$1,300,000 for the Orthopaedic Hospital of Los Angeles

-$100,000 for the Paradise Valley Hospital in National City

-$900,000 for the Placer County Childrenīs Emergency Shelter in Auburn

-$150,000 for the Preventive Medicine Research Institute in Sausalito

-$550,000 for the Touro University College of Osteopathic Medicine in Vallejo

-$100,000 for the University of California, San Diego, to purchase and install new angiography equipment in a new interventional radiology unit

-$200,000 for the University of San Diego's Hahn School of Nursing

-$400,000 for the Walden House, San Francisco

-Within funding provided for the Office of the Secretary, General Departmental Management, the report appropriates $750,000 for the San Francisco Department of Public Health to enhance its system of HIV care and related services for persons of color and women



National Institutes of Health

The conference bill provides $26.1 billion to fund the National Institutes of Health (NIH). FY03 conference bill amount is $2.7 billion higher than the appropriation made last year. The administration has requested $29.8 billion funding level in FY04 budget proposal. The total appropriated for the National Institutes of Health includes:

-$4,622,394,000 for the National Cancer Institute

-2,812,011,000 for the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute

-$374,067,000 for the National Institute for Dental and Craniofacial Research

-1,633,347,000 for the National Institute for Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases

-$1,466,005,000 for the National Institute Neurological Disorders and Stroke

-$3,730,973,000 for the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases

-$1,859,084,000 for the National Institute of General Medical Services

- $1,213,817,000 for the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development

-$637,290,000 for the National Eye Institute

-$618,258,000 for the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences

-$1,000,099,000 for the National Institute of Aging

-$489,324,000 for the National Institute of Arthiritis Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases

-$372,805,000 for the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders

-$131,438,000 for the National Institute Nursing Research

-$418,773,000 for the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism

-$968,013,000 for the National Institute on Drug Abuse

-$1,349,788,000 for the National Institute of Mental Health

-$468,037,000 for the National Human Genome Research Institute

-$280,100,000 for the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering

-$1,146,272,000 for the National Center for Research Resources

-$114,149,000 for the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine

-$186,929,000 for the National Center on Minority Health and Health Disparities

-$63,880,000 for the John E. Fogarty International Center

-$302,099,000 for the National Library of Medicine



Centers for Disease Control

The conference report provides budget authority of $4.3 billion for the Centers for Disease Control. The FY03 funding level is $288 million above the administration's budget request, and is $107 billion less than the amount provided in FY02. The conference report includes the following earmarks:

-$750,000 for the Cal State Bakersfield Foundation for a Valley Fever vaccination project

-$355,000 for the City of Long Beach for surveillance, laboratory, epidemiology and other services at its health department

-$283,000 for the Community Services Planning Council in Sacramento for Shots for Tots KIDS immunization registry

-$50,000 for the Economic Opportunity Commission of San Luis Obispo County for its senior health screening program

-$500,000 for the Marin County Department of Health and Human Services in San Rafael for research, analysis and health system improvements related to the incidence of breast cancer in the county

-$90,000 for the San Luis Obispo County Public Health Agency for diabetes prevention, screening and education.



Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

The funding level for the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration is set at $3,232,268,000 for the FY03, which is virtually similar to the FY02 appropriation of $3.14 billion. Of the total appropriation, $3,158,068,000 is provided through budget authority and $74,200,000 is provided through the evaluation set-aside.



Center for Mental Health Services

The agreement appropriates $246,042,000 for mental health programs. The agreement includes $440 million for the mental health block grants, $98.694 million for childrenīs mental health grants, and $43.355 million in funding for grants to states for the homeless (PATH). The report also provides the following earmarks:

-$150,000 for the City of San Francisco to develop a Homeless Management Information System to track and address the needs of the homeless

-$400,000 for the Mentally Ill Offender Crime Reduction demonstration in Ventura

-$500,000 for the Pacific Clinics in Arcadia to support a school-based mental health demonstration program for Latina adolescents

-$750,000 for the San Francisco Department of Public Health for mental health and substance abuse services for homeless persons in supportive housing



Center for Substance Abuse Treatment

The conference report provides $319,354,000 for substance abuse treatment programs, which includes the following earmarks:

-$275,000 for the City of Vallejo Fighting Back Partnership for a pilot program to identify and treat youth who are abusing alcohol or drugs.



Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services

The conference report provides $74.2 million funding for research, demonstration and evaluation, which includes $40 million for Real Choice Systems Change Grants to States. The agreement also appropriates $2.582 billion in funding for program management. A citation for the Medicare, Medicaid and SCHIP Benefits Improvement and Protection Act proposed by H.R. 246 is not included in the conference agreement because more general authorities are cited. The total appropriated includes:

-$1.5 million for AIDS Healthcare Foundation in Los Angeles for a demonstration of a residential and outpatient treatment facilities

-$700,000 for Sacramento County for implementation of the SacAdvantage pilot program to increase availability of health insurance for uninsured workers and their dependents through premium subsidies and purchasing pools

-$325,000 for the Breast Cancer Fund in San Francisco for the "Lifelines" project to increase access to breast cancer treatment for medically underserved women.



Administration for Families and Children

Grants to States for Child Support Enforcement and Family Support Programs

The agreement appropriates a $1.1 billion for the payments to states for child support enforcement and family support programs.

The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)

The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) is funded at $1.7 billion. The funding provided for LIHEAP in the conference report is $300 million higher than the amount requested in the President's FY03 budget proposal, and $100 million less than the FY02 appropriation. The conference agreement includes a provision that transfers $100,000,000 in LIHEAP emergency funds to the regular formula program. The administration requested $1.85 billion in funding for this program in FY04.

Refugee and Entrant Assistance

To subsidize the states for administering the refugee assistance programs, the conference report appropriates $447million, which is $31million less than $478 million appropriated in FY02. The administration requested $472 million for the Refugee and Entrant Assistance in its FY04 budget proposal. A large share of federal money allocated for refugee and entrant assistant is typically expended in California.

Child Care and Development Grant

The report includes a total of $2.1 billion for the Child Care and Development Grant to supplement state general revenue funds for child care assistance for low-income families. California typically receives slightly more than 12% of these funds.

Social Services Block Grant

For the Social Services Block Grant the conference bill appropriates $1.7 billion, which is the same amount that the administration has requested appropriated in FY04.

Children and Families Services Programs

The conference agreement appropriates a total of $8.643 billion for the Children and Families Services Programs, which includes:

-$6.668 billion in funding for Head Start, a slight increase over $6.538 appropriated in FY02. The conference agreement includes a provision proposed by the Senate to exempt the Head Start program from the across-the-board reduction

- $7.250 billion for the Community Services Block Grant

-$91 million to administer the Runaway and Homeless Youth Act, which is an increase of $43 million over the $48 million funding level appropriated in FY02

- $35 million for the "Compassion Capital Fund", which is an increase of $5 million over the FY02 appropriation of $30 million, to fund qualified charitable organizations that wish to expand or emulate model programs

-$440,000 earmark for the Alameda County Social Service Agency for Another Road to Safety Program to serve low to moderate risk families

-$150,000 earmark for the Asian Pacific Womenīs Center, Inc., in Los Angeles for Domestic Violence Transitional Housing program to protect at risk children

-$100,000 earmark for the San Jose Office on Child Care for pilot program to increase access to child care resources

Payments to States for Foster Care and Adoption Assistance

The conference bill appropriates $4.855 billion in funding for foster care and adoption assistance payments to the states. This amount represents a decrease of $1.745 billion over the $6.6 billion allocated for such payments in FY02. California typically receives roughly one fourth of federal foster care expenditures.



Administration on Aging

Within $1.376 billion in funding for the Administration on Aging, the conference report appropriates $5.5 million for activities regarding medication management, screening, and education to prevent incorrect medication and adverse drug reactions. The report includes an earmark of $500,000 for the Jewish Family Service of Los Angeles for project to assist seniors living independently.



Department of Education

Elementary and Secondary Education

The conference agreement provides a $1.4 billion increase in Title I funding, bringing the total to $11.75 million.

Title I

The agreement provides no increase in the traditional components of Title I focusing 100 percent of the increase on two relative newcomers to the Title I formula funding mix: targeted grants and EFIG. The Administration proposes $7.2 billion - the same funding level as in FY 2002 - for Title I basic grants. Likewise, the conference agreement would retain the FY 2002 level for Title I concentration grants, providing $1.365 billion.

For the two Title I formula elements that have only recently received funding, the agreement calls for spending of $1.67 billion for Title I's "targeted grants" component and $1.545 billion for education finance incentive grants or EFIG. (The two programs were funded for the first time in FY 2002 pursuant to a conference amendment by Sens. Mary Landrieu (LA) and Thad Cochran (MS) in 2002. Congress provided $1.018 billion for newly-funded targeted grants, and $793 million in first-time funding for EFIG.)

An analysis of the four primary grant components of Title I (basic, concentration, targeted, and EFIG) showed that California generally would receive the highest portion of funds from targeted grants, and the lowest share from EFIG. Fortunately, Congress recently changed an EFIG formula factor in order to count only children in poverty, as opposed to all children -- a shift which will improve the share of program dollars for California, which houses a higher percentage of poor children than of children overall. Nevertheless, EFIG grant shares will still be calculated in part on state average per-pupil expenditure and tax effort for education, both of which cut California's share, and its state per capita income factor will also reduce the share.

Impact Aid

For the Impact Aid programs, which support schools in areas where the local tax base is reduced by significant federal properties such as military bases, the conference agreement provides $1.196 billion in total funding, with $1.032 billion allocated to basic payments (up from $983 million in 2002), and $51 million for "Part B" payments for children with disabilities (up slightly from $50 million in 2002). The remaining funds are proposed as follows: $8 million for facilities maintenance, $45 million for construction, and $60 million for federal property payments. Because of the dwindling presence of military bases in the state following four rounds of base closures, California's typical share of Impact Aid funds has declined from about 10% to about 7% over the past few years.

English Language Acquisition

The Conference Report includes the Senate's $690 million (higher than the House figure of $665 million) for English Language Acquisition programs, formerly known as Bilingual and Immigrant Education. With funding levels remaining above a pre-determined trigger threshold, the program will continue use of a new formula for distributing the funds, which is likely to benefit California. Allocations for the English Language Acquisition and Language Enhancement grants are now based 80% on states' relative share of children considered limited English proficient (LEP) and 20% based on states' share of immigrant children, and California's share of both factors is high.

Special Education

For Special Education, the conferees agreed on $10.1 billion, above the House's $9.2 billion but below the Senate's $11.2 billion, and in any case well above the $8.6 billion figure for 2002. The largest portion, $8.9 billion, would be allocated to Special Education Grants to States, up from $7.5 billion in FY 2002. California typically receives roughly 10% of special education state grants funding. The agreement does not provide the additional $1.5 billion proposed by the Senate for the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act.

Vocational Rehabilitation

The agreement provides $2.96 billion for Rehabilitation Services and Disability Research, an increase of roughly $100 million from the FY 2002 funding level. The vast majority of funds for this account are used for the Vocational Rehabilitation State Grants program, California typically receives roughly 10% of funds for vocational rehabilitation state grants. Within $21 million for vocational rehabilitation demonstration and training programs, the bill earmarks $145,000 for the City of Carson for rehabilitation and related services at the Joseph B. O'Neal Jr. Stroke Center.

Vocational and Adult Education

For Vocational and Adult Education, the agreement provides $1.96 billion, higher than both the House's $1.92 billion and the Senate's $1.94 billion. For Vocational Education State Grants, the conference agreement provides the House's $1.2 billion level, rather than the Senate's recommendation of level funding at $1.18 billion (California's share of voc-ed basic grants is typically about 11%). Tech Prep education is funded at $110 million, and the tech-prep education demonstration at $5 million.



Student Financial Assistance and Higher Education

Pell Grants

The conference agreement provides $11.44 billion for Pell Grants, higher than either the House's or the Senate's $11.2 billion. The maximum Pell Grant would rise from $4,000 to $4,050 for award year 2003-2004. Report language renews a call for the U.S. Department of Education to report to Congress regarding the feasibility of implementing a system whereby some students could receive two Pell grants in a single calendar year.

SEOG

The agreement also boosts funding for the Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG) to $765 million from the $725 million proposed by both the House and Senate (and which had been the FY 2002 level).

Higher Education Programs

For Higher Education programs, the conference report provides $2.1 billion, above the Senate's $2.0 billion and the House's $1.9 billion levels, including a rise from $86 million in 2002 to $93 million in 2003 for developing Hispanic-serving institutions.

TRIO and GEAR UP

The conference agreement provides the higher Senate figure of $832.5 million for the TRIO program. For GEAR UP, the agreement also provides the higher Senate figure, $295 million.



K-12 Education Earmarks

The conference agreement includes a number of education earmarks, including $500,000 to Imperial Valley Telecommunications Authority for telecommunications equipment and upgrades to support distance education programs in elementary and middle schools; $225,000 to the International Foundation for Music Research in Carlsbad for science-based research on music education; $260,000 to the Korean Youth and Community Center in Los Angeles to expand programs at the Koreatown Academic Learning Center; $600,000 to the L.A. County Office of Education in Downey for the "Early Advantage" initiative to provide preschool and family learning activities and training for parents, child care providers and community members; $300,000 to Los Angeles Harbor College to expand early childhood education curricula, evaluation and professional development; $225,000 to Mission Education Projects in San Francisco to expand education programs for children and families; $500,000 to Oakland Unified School District for personnel and related expenses to expand extended day kindergarten to new sites; $100,000 to Pasadena Unified School District for a math science and technology magnet program at the Washington Middle School; $100,000 to the Pico Union Family Resource Center in Los Angeles to expand education programs for youth and adults; $400,000 to the Pomona Unified School District for a Teacher Literacy Training and Technology program; $250,000 to the Ravenswood City School District in East Palo Alto for an e-learning pilot program at Belle Haven Elementary in Menlo Park; $500,000 to the Riverside County Office of Education to further implement and develop a County Achievement Team model; $400,000 to the Sacramento Housing and Redevelopment Agency in coordination with the Sacramento City Unified School District for early childhood education, after school and parental support programs for students in the Franklin Villa community; $500,000 to the San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools to expand schools-to-careers initiative, including the Virtual Hi-Tech Program, the Virtual Career Library and teacher training activities; $217,000 to the San Pasqual Academy in Escondido for technology infrastructure; $100,000 to the Santa Barbara Community youth Performing Arts Center for the Santa Barbara Junior High Theatre; $50,000 to the Santa Barbara High School District for the San Marcos High School Health Careers Academy; $55,000 to the South County Family Educational and Cultural Center in Grover Beach for the Computers to Youth program to expand education programs for students; $250,000 to the Gibson Foundation in Santa Monica for music education programs; $225,000 to the West Ed Eisenhower Regional Consortium for Science and Mathematics in San Francisco for 24 Challenge and Jumping Levels Math; and $20,000 to Westside High School for equipment.



Higher Education Earmarks

Earmarks in higher education accounts include $400,000 to California State University Northridge for technology and other expenses to develop an entertainment engineering curriculum; $250,000 to City College of San Francisco for the National Articulation and Transfer Network to facilitate the completion of postsecondary education by underrepresented African-American, Hispanic/Latino, and Native American students; $35,000 to Cuesta College in San Luis Obispo for supplies and equipment for its nursing education program; $700,000 to Cuyamaca College in Rancho San Diego for expanded math and science education; $300,000 to L.A. Mission College for its Economic Self-Help project to train small business owners; $250,000 to L.A. Valley College for a career ladder nursing program in collaboration with Los Angeles Southwest College; $200,000 to the Maxine Waters Employment Preparation Center in the Los Angeles Unified School District to expand education and training programs; $200,000 to the Mendocino-Lake Community College District in Ukiah to develop an associates degree program in nursing; $500,000 to National University in La Jolla for the Institute for Persons Who Are Hard of Hearing or Deaf; $400,00 to New College of California in San Francisco to establish degree programs in community studies, urban ecology and sustainability studies, and spirituality and politics through a new institute, and for student scholarships; $93,000 to Pasadena City College to develop a biotechnology training program; $900,000 to Santa Clara University for telecommunications and technology equipment and upgrades; $500,000 to the Santa Clarita Community College District for equipment and personnel for the University Center; $300,000 to Sonoma State University in Rohnert Park for communications and laboratory equipment to establish a graduate program in computer and engineering sciences; $250,000 to U.C. Merced for acquisition of science equipment; $250,000 to U.C. Merced to establish the Sierra Nevada Research Institute, including student fellowships and internships, software and equipment; $400,000 to the University of the Pacific in Stockton for the Eberhart School of Business; $700,000 to the University of Redlands and the CSU San Bernardino to enhance their current Arabic and Islamic Studies programs; $700,000 to the University of Redlands for technology enhancement; $1 million to the University of San Francisco for education, service and research programs at the Center for Public Service and the Common Good; and $425,000 to West Los Angeles College in Culver City for equipment, curricula, faculty, and other expenses to develop an emergency health services training program.



TRANSPORTATION APPROPRIATIONS



Department of Transportation

The conference report includes a total appropriation of roughly $64.5 billion for FY2003 transportation programs.



Federal Highway Administration

Federal Aid Highway Programs

Federal highways programs spending levels are set at $31.8 billion by the conference agreement: the full amount sought by transportation advocates and proposed by the Senate. This figure is $896 million above the FY2002 allocation, $4.1 billion above the House appropriation level and $8.6 million above President Bush's budget request based on estimated FY 2003 obligation authority distributions through the Revenue Aligned Budget Authority (RABA) funding mechanism laid out in transportation law.

Conference report language is included requiring CalTRANS officials to present operational and safety certification of the New Harbor Boulevard North Off-ramp project along the Route 405 Distributor road in Costa Mesa to the House and Senate Appropriations Committee within ninety days.

Specified ITS deployment projects

The conference agreement appropriates $232 million to fund Intelligent Transportation Systems programs. These projects contribute to the integration and interoperability for Intelligent Transportation Systems in metropolitan and rural areas and promote deployment of the commercial vehicle intelligent transportation system infrastructure funds directed to the following California based ITS deployment projects:

City of Inglewood ITS deployment project $500,000

Sacramento Elkorn Boulevard project $125,000

Los Angeles Union Station Metrolink passenger information delivery system $500,000

Monterey-Salinas Transit ITS $750,000

Sacramento Area Council of Governments ITS projects $1,000,000

San Diego Joint Transportations Operations Center $2,000,000

Sierra Madre Intermodal Transportation Center $1,500,000

Funding for Ferries

Of funding for Ferry Boats and Ferry Terminal Facilities projects, conferees allocated: $500,000 for the Golden Gate Ferry Birth Facility, San Francisco Terminal; $2,500,000 for the San Francisco Bay Area Water Transit Authority Ferry Purchase Project; and $1,00,000 for the Vallejo Baylink Ferry Intermodal Center.

National Corridor and Development

Of available National Corridor and Development Program funds, the omnibus conferees earmarked:

$1,495,000 for the Alameda Corridor East project, Los Angeles County;

$249,500 for the I-80 Colfax Narrows Project, Placer County;

$2 million for the SR-65 Westwood Interchange Construction;

$2 million for the Lincoln Highway 65 Widening (the Gap) project;

$4 million for the New Route 905 Otay-Mesa to I-5/I-85m;

$1.5 million for the Ranchero Road/Cajon Line Grade Separation project.

The conference agreement sets aside funding for a number of Transportation and Community and System Pilot Preservation project in California including:

$250,000 for the CalTrain tracking information system (SamTrans) San Mateo County

$1,000,000 for the Intermodal Urban Transit Village, North Hollywood

$1,000,000 for the Orange County Congestion Program

$500,000 for the San Luis Obispo City to Sea Bikepath

$2,900,000 for the San Gabriel Valley Council of Governments/ LA to Pasadena Metro Gold Line Construction Authority

$900,000 for Tower Bridge Pedestrian/Bikeway Improvements

$400,000 Virginia Corridor Greenway Pilot Project, Modesto

Bridge Discretionary

Of funds set aside for the Bridge Discretionary Program, $4,250,000 is provided for the Golden San Francisco Gate Bridge Seismic Retrofit Project.

Federal Lands

The conference report earmarks $500,000 of Federal Lands funds for projects involving Access Roads to Beale Air force Base while the conference report singles out $1,000,000 for the Marin Parklands/Muir Woods visitor access project; $2 million for improvements to the Needles Highway connecting Nevada and California; and $1 million for improvements to Presidio Trust/Crissy Field transit access.

Scenic Byways

Of funding available for the scenic byways program, California receives an earmark of $1 million for the Ventura Freeway Scenic Corridor Initiative.

Interstate Maintenance Program

In the Interstate Maintenance discretionary account, the conference agreement provides $1.8 million for the I-10 Riverside Avenue Interchange and $750,000 for the Laval Road Interchange Upgrade and I-5.



Federal Aviation Administration

The Federal Aviation Administration is allocated $13.6 billion, $87 million above the previous year's appropriation. $3.1 billion is appropriated as grants-in-aid for airports. Of this amount a number of high priority projects are earmarked for California including:

For runway rehabilitation; redesign; access control system at Fresno International Airport, $800,000;

For cargo airport feasibility study at Imperial Valley Regional Airport, $400,000;

For land acquisition at Little River Airport, Mendocino County, $175,000;

For terminal master plan; runway extension at Meadows Field Airport, $1.7 million;

For runway repair and replacement at San Bernardino International Airport $1 million;

For various improvements to San Francisco International Airport, $5 million

For engine runup area project at Southern California Logistics Airport, $1.5 million;

For cargo apron project on North side of runway project at Stockton Metropolitan, $1.3 million

For runway extension and land acquisition at Concord Regional Airport, $2 million

Other earmarks include: $2 million awarded to California's Truckee Tahoe Airport to install a Transponder Landing System; and $800,000 to install a glidescope under funds to improve an Instrument Landing System at Napa County Airport.



Transportation Security Administration

Conferees allocated $5,180,000,000 for the Transportation Security Administration's civil security activities. Of this total $4,516,300,000 is to be appropriated to assist with aviation security programs; $244,800,000 for maritime and land security activities; $110,200,000 for security research and development projects. This new agency was created in the aftermath of September 11th upon the enactment on November 19, 2001 of the Aviation and Transportation Security Act. The TSA is designed to improve security for all transport systems across the US including aviation, railways, highways, pipelines and waterways.



Coast Guard

The conferees recommend $4,322,122,000 for the Coast Guard, the federal agency tasked with monitoring and guarding the country's ports and waterways.



Federal Railroad Administration

The National Railroad Passenger Corporation, otherwise known as Amtrak, receives $1.05 billion in funding for FY2003, $150 million less than its officials say it needs to remain fully operational. In an effort to improve oversight and responsible fiscal management of the debt-burdened corporation, Amtrak is required to develop Congressionally reviewed financial reporting plans. Omnibus language also empowers the Secretary of Transportation to control Amtrak funds (rather than assigning funds directly to Amtrak) and review and approve grant requests for specific long-distance train routes.

Conference report language specifically notes that all funding for California Highspeed rail projects are to be treated as supplements, not replacements, of state funds.



Federal Transit Administration

For transit planning and research activities, the conference report notes that $122 million will be spent, including $1 million for Calstart/Westart bus rapid transit projects; $425,000 is set aside for the Santa Barbara Electric Transit Institute.

Capital Investment Grants

Under the Capital Investment Grants section of the conference agreement, language is included requiring the FTA to recover and reallocate unexpended funds still available after three years. The following projects are exempted from this recovery reallocation effort for a period of one additional year: Foothills Transit Buses and HEV vehicles, and Altamont Commuter Rail Project.

Bus and Bus Facilities

The Bus and Bus facilities funding total is $607.2 million, of which California would receive the following funds:

Folsom multimodal facility $992,500

Alameda, Contra Costa Transit-Bus and Bus Facilities $1,050,000

Anaheim resort Transportation Project $500,000

Antelope Valley Transit Authority-Operations and Maintenance Facility $500,000

BART Fruitvale Transit Village Parking Structure $250,000

Chino Transcenter, Omnitrans $333,000

City of Salinas-Intermodal Transportation Center $1,250,000

City of Sierra Madre Buses and Natural Gas Fueling Station $300,000

East County Bus Maintenance Facility $1,600,000

El Garces Intermodal Station $1,500,000

Fairfield/Suisun Transit Alternative Fueled Buses $500,000

Folsom Railroad Block Project $1,000,000

Foothill Transit Bus Purchase $1,500,000

Fresno Area Express (FAX) Bus Epansion $600,000

Golden Empire Transit District $750,000

Los Angeles MTA Bus and Bus Facilities $3,500,000

Los Angeles to Pasadena Construction Authority Bus Program $3,000,000

Modesto, Bus Maintenance Facility $1,700,000

Monterey-Salinas Transit Bus Facility and Buses $2,400,000

MUNI Facility Upgrade San Francisco $5,000,000

Municipal Transit Operators Coalition-Bus and Bus Facilities $1,750,000

OmniTrans City of Yucaipa-the Yucaipa Transit Advancement Project $950,000

Palmdale Intermodal Facility $1,000,000

Redondo Beach Bus Transfer Station $500,000

Riverside Transit Agency Transit Centers-Corona, Riverside $1,000,000

Roseville Multitransit Center $1,500,000

Sacramento Hydrogen Bus Technology (UC Davis) $600,000

Sacramento CNG Bus and Bus Facility $1,250,000

San Diego Bus Rapid Transit $500,000

San Fernando Valley East and Ventura Boulevard Park and Ride Facilities $500,000

San Mateo County District (SamTrans) Zero Emission Buses $1,385,000

Santa Barbara Metropolitan Transit District (MTD) Hybrid Bus BRT Project $750,000

Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority Clean Fuel Bus Program $1,500,000

Solano Transportation Authority-- Fairfield/Vacaville Intermodal Station $500,000

Sonoma County CNG Fueling Facility Upgrade $500,000

South Pasadena Circulator Bus $150,000

Sunline Transit Hydrogen Refueling Station $1,250,000

Yolobus and Unitrans CNG Buses $1,300,000

Yosemite (YARTS) $400,000

Conferees made a specific recommendation that funding provided for the Sierra Madre Villa intermodal center in fiscal year 2002 shall also be made available to the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (LACMTA) for bus and bus related facilities in the LACMTA's service area.

New Fixed Guideway Systems

The Conference agreement notes $1,260,415,648 will be spent for new fixed guideway systems funding of which California is slated to receive the following:

Altamont Commuter Express Rail Facility - San Joaquin Rail Authority $1,000,000

Los Angeles East Side Corridor LRT $4,000,000

Los Angeles North Hollywood Red Line $40,490,000

San Diego Trolley Mission Valley East LRT Extension $65,000,000

San Francisco BART Extension to San Francisco Airport $100,000,000

San Francisco Third Street Light Rail Extension (Phase II) $1,500,000

San Jose Silicon Valley Rapid Transit Corridor Project $250,000



Jobs Access and Reverse Commute Grants

The program makes competitive grants to qualifying metropolitan planning organizations, local governmental authorities, agencies, and nonprofit organizations. Conferees remained consistent with House and Senate recommendations by approving $150,000,000 for the jobs Access and Reverse Commute Grant Program. Of this total, the following California-based projects are listed in the conference report:

AC Transit, CalWORKS $2,000,000

Santa Clara County Guaranteed Ride Home Program $500,000

East Palo Alto Shuttle Services $700,000

LA County UTRANS $500,000

LA County MTA Rideshare Program $875,000

SF MTC Low Income LIFT Program $1,000,000

Sacramento Region SACOG $750,000

Sacramento Area $1,500,000

Southern California Regional Rail Authority, Metrolink double tracking $1,000,000



General Provisions

Section 312: A provision is included prohibiting the use of funds to establish a vessel traffic safety fairway less than five miles wide between Santa Barbara and San Francisco traffic separation schemes.

Section 330: Establishes funding levels of $90,600,000 available to the Secretary of Transportation to finance surface transportation project grants. Of this amount:

$1,000,000 is to be made available to the Alameda Contra Costa Transit District (SatCom); $1,200,000 is for the City of Artesia's Artesia Traffic Enhancement Project;

$1,500,000 for the Los Angeles Chinatown Intermodal Station;

$400,000 for the City of Pico Rivera Rosemead Blvd. Improvements;

$500,000 for the Compton Willow Creek ITS Project;

$750, 000 for the Coronado Tunnel;

$1,000,000 for the Freeway Interchange at Lammers Road and I-205, Tracey;

$500,000 for the I-10 Freeway/ Cypress Avenue Grade Separation Project;

$2,000,000 for the I-5 Widening at Del Mar Heights Road, San Diego;

$1,500,000 for the I-5/SR56 Connectors;

$500,000 for the I-5/SR78 Interchange, Oceanside;

$750,000 for the image based toll collection system project;

$100,000 for the Ole Town Niporno Pedestrian Enhancements;

$1,750,000 for the Ramsey Street Extension, Banning;

$250,000 for Safety Enhancements on Sherman Way between Topanga Cyn. and De Soto;

$2,000,000 for the MUNI automatic vehicle location/GPS;

$1,500,000 for the Santa Cruz Branch Rail Line Acquisition;

$1,000,000 for the State Route 905, San Diego;

$300,000 for the Tippecanoe/I-10 Interchange and med. ctr access, San Bernardino;

$500,000 for the Ventura County Highway Video Camera Monitoring Project;



Section 345: amends the TEA-21 transportation law to allow changes to projects in Louisiana, Pennsylvania, New York, Alabama and Texas; authorizes an eligibility change for Alaska under FTA īs section 5309 program; transfers funds in California and Texas contained in P.L.103-331; amends P.L. 97-468 relating to the Alaska Railroad; and modifies agreements in California relating to the financing of toll roads. It provides that, of the $668,000 appropriated for CA 113 railroad grade separation, the unobligated share shall be available for railroad grade separation for the City of Dixon. It directs the Secretary of Transportation to modify the agreements entered into with the San Joaquin Hills Transportation Corridor Agency and the Foothill Eastern Transportation Corridor Agency to extend the term of coverage provided by such lines throughout the term of the revenue bonds issued to acquire, finance or refinance those facilities.



AGRICULTURE APPROPRIATIONS



Department of Agriculture

The omnibus conference bill allocates $22.1 billion in discretionary funding for agriculture programs, $2.2 billion less than FY'02 expenditures.



Agricultural Research Service - Continuing Programs

The omnibus report appropriates $1,052,770,000 for Agricultural Research Service (ARS) activities including increased funding for the following California laboratories and areas of research in fiscal year 2003:

Genetic Resources Research, Riverside, Davis and Parlier; $200,000 each

Agricultural Genome Sequencing, Albany; $400,000

Improve Biomass Feedstock for Production of Energy

and Biobased Products, Albany; $200,000

Technologies for Biobased Products, Albany; $400,000

Improve Conversion of Agricultural Materials to BioFuels, Albany $200,000

Limit Transgene Activity to Specific Tissues, Albany; $400,000

Develop Biocontrols Programs for Invasive Pests, Davis; $200,000

BSE/TSE Research, Albany; $400,000

Greenhouse Lettuce Germplasm, Salinas; $40,000

Olive Fruit Fly, Parlier/ Montpellier, France; $200,000

Sustainable Viticulture Research, Davis $250,000



Agricultural Research Service - Buildings and Facilities and Proposed Closures

Out of $119,480,000 no buildings and facilities funding is provided for California based facilities (such as the Western Human Nutrition Research Center at Davis and the Western Regional Research Center at Albany) in omnibus report language.

In contrast to language in last session's Senate bill the omnibus does not appear to reject a number of proposed closures, consolidations, and reductions of select laboratories and ongoing research programs outlined in the President's budget. Furthermore no omnibus language is included to maintain or restore funding to the following California programs impacted:

Water Management Research Laboratory, Brawley

Western Regional Research Center, Albany

Sudden Oak Disease

Since 1995, oak trees have been dying in large numbers along the California and Oregon coasts due to this affliction. The omnibus provides $100,000 for ongoing research to prevent the spread of this disease.



Cooperative State Research, Education and Extension Service

These programs benefit communities by promoting partnerships between academia and stakeholders to advance research, extension and higher education in food, agricultural, environmental, and human sciences. FY 2003 omnibus language includes the following for California based CSREES programs:

Exotic Pest Diseases $1,900,000

Olive Fly $40,000

Ozone Air Quality $430,000

Pierce's Disease $2,250,000

Sudden Oak Death $100,000

Sustainable Agriculture $500,000

Viticulture Consortium (CA, NY and PA) $1,800,000



Animal Plant Health and Inspection Services (APHIS)

APHIS is appropriated $725,502,000, $105 million above last year's levels. APHIS is tasked with conducting inspection, quarantine, and regulatory activities in response to animal

and plant diseases and to protect the environment.

Pierce's Disease

The omnibus bill includes $600,000 for research efforts related to the Glassy-winged Sharpshooter (PD-GWSS), a vector for Pierce's Disease, which has devastated vineyards in Southern California and threatens the entire grape and wine industry. Further, the omnibus bill provides no increases in fiscal year 2003 to enable the ARS center at Parlier to continue research and collaboration efforts to eradicate pest and disease.

The conference report provides $17.5 million to combat PD itself, a $9 million increase from last year's levels. The Senate includes language urging the Agriculture Secretary to make Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC) funds available as needed for this pest. The CCC helps farmers by engaging in buying, selling and lending to protect, support and stabilize farmers.



Conservation Programs

The omnibus conference report provides $825 million to fund conservation projects of which these California projects receive the following earmarks:

Contra Costa County Watershed Surveys; $375,000

East Valley Conservation District/Santa Ana Watershed

Authority (CA) Plant Removal; $1,000,000

Agricultural Non-point source water quality;

San Luis Obispo County (CA) Farm Bureau; $84,000

Monterey Bay Sanctuary $600,000



Rural Development - Rural Community Advancement Program

$907,737,000 is appropriated for the Rural Community Advancement Program with $723,217,000 to be made available for rural utilities activities. Of funds provided for the Rural

Utilities Program, the agreement provides $25 million to assist Colonias communities along the US-Mexico border to improve the quality of water and waste disposal systems.



Domestic Food and Nutrition Programs

The conference report appropriates $10,580,169,000 for Children's Nutrition Programs. Furthermore $26,313,692,000 is provided for Food Stamp expenditures.

Conferees recommend $4.696 billion for the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC), $348 million above last year's appropriation. Of this

total $125 million is set aside as reserve funds while the Farmers' Market Nutrition Program is funded at $25 million. This program provides certified farmers' markets coupons to participating women and children redeemable for fresh fruits and vegetables. The purpose is to provide WIC participants with fresh fruits and vegetables while promoting use, awareness, and sales of local community-based farmers' markets.

Food Stamps

The omnibus bill appropriates $26,289,692,000 in mandatory funds for the federal Food Stamp Program, an increase of $3.297 billion above FY 2002 appropriation level and $40 million above the Administration's request.



Drought Aid to Farmers

After stalling on negotiations over farmer drought assistance levels, Conferees agreed to

$3.1 billion in farm relief to be drawn from existing programs rather than through budgetary augmentation. A House-Senate agreement was reached on eligibility for, and distribution of, the drought assistance funds to farmers and ranchers.



General Provisions

In section 729, conferees include language making the City of Coachella, California eligible for loans and grants provided through the Rural Community Advancement Program.

In section 730, conferees instruct the Secretary of Agriculture to consider the Cities of Hollister, Salinas, and Watsonville, California as meeting the requirements to qualify as a rural area in section 520 of the Housing Act of 1949 (42 U.S.C. 1490).



VA/HUD & INDEPENDENT AGENCIES APPROPRIATIONS



The Omnibus Conference Report provides $121.9 billion for the Department of Veterans Affairs, the Department of Housing and Urban Development, and Independent Agencies.



Department of Veteran Affairs

The conference report appropriates $29 billion to fund compensations and pensions, $24 billion plus reimbursements for the purpose of furnishing inpatient and outpatient care and treatment to beneficiaries of the Department of Veterans Affairs, a combined total of $326 million for major and minor construction projects, and $32 million to fund grants to aid states in establishing, expanding, or improving state veterans cemeteries.



Department of Housing and Urban Development

Conferees agreed to provide $36.3 billion for the Department of Housing and Urban Development, $1.8 billion above the previous year's allocation. This Department is responsible for managing the nation's housing needs by administering programs to assist with fair housing opportunities, and community improvement and development activities.

Housing Certificate Fund

For the public housing account's Housing Certificate Fund, which funds Section 8 renewals and tenant protections, the conference report provides $17.2 billion, an increase of $1.6 billion from the FY 2002 level. The total includes:

- $15.2 billion to fund expiring or terminating section 8 project-based subsidy contracts

- $392 million for amendments to section 8 tenant-based annual contributions contracts

- $234 million for section 8 rental assistance for relocation and replacement of housing units that are demolished or disposed of

Public Housing Operating Subsidies are funded at $3.5 billion

Public Housing Capital Fund

The conference report appropriates $2.73 billion in funding for Public Housing Capital Fund Program to carry out capital and management activities for public housing agencies.

Public Housing Operating Fund

The agreement provides for $3.6 billion in funding for the Public Housing Operating Fund, an increase of $1 billion from the $3.5 billion appropriated in FY02.

Revitalization of Severely Distressed Public Housing (Hope VI)

$574 million is appropriated to fund grants to public housing agencies for demolition, site revitalization, replacement housing, and tenant-based assistance grants. Administration's FY04 budget proposal called for a funding level of $568 million for the HOPE VI Program in FY04.

Community Planning and Development: Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA)

The report appropriates $292 million for housing opportunities for persons with AIDS (HOPWA), a $15 million increase from FY 2002 appropriation of $277 million. This program provides States and localities with resources and incentives to devise long-term comprehensive strategies for meeting the housing needs of persons with HIV/AIDS and their families.

Empowerment Zones/Enterprise Communities

The conference report appropriates $30 million for grants in connection with a second round of empowerment zones and enterprise communities, which includes $2 million for each empowerment zone for use in conjunction with economic development activities consistent with the strategic plan of each empowerment zone. The FY02 conference report included a $45 million appropriation for such grants.

Community Development Fund

Congress appropriated $4.937 billion for total community development activities, which is essentially the same amount as was appropriate in FY02. The total includes $4.368 billion in funding for formula grants under the Community Development Block Grant program (CDBG). In recent years, California has received as much as 16% of formula grant funding from the CDBG program. The total also includes an earmark of $300,000 for rehabilitation of the Fresno Community Medical Center neighborhood.

The conference report provides $5,000,000 for the National Council of La Raza HOPE Fund, of which $500,000 is for technical assistance and fund management and $4,500,000 is for investments and financing, and $42,100,000 for the Neighborhood Initiatives program.

HUD

In addition, the conference report includes the following Community Development Fund targeted earmarks:

-$45,000 for the Southeast-Rio Vista YMCA in Huntington Park for renovation of a building

-$45,000 for the Food Share, Inc. of Ventura County for development of a new warehouse facility

-$75,500 for the Tri-Counties Easter Seals for construction of a child development center in Ventura County

-$81,000 for the County of San Bernardino for facilities renovation, sidewalk and facade improvements of the Crestline Revitalization/Houston Creek project

-$81,000 for the County of San Bernardino for facilities expansion for the Big Bear Zoo

-$90,000 for the Occidental College in Los Angeles for continued construction of a science center

-$90,000 for the American Film Institute in Los Angeles for renovation of facilities

-$90,000 for the Boys and Girls Club of National City for facilities repairs at the Wayne Sevier Memorial Gymnasium

-$90,000 for the City of Carpinteria for facilities modernization and renovation of the Carpinteria Veteran īs Memorial Building

-$90,000 for the City of El Monte for construction of a teen and education center

-$90,000 for the City of Fontana for restoration and renovation of recreational facilities

-$90,000 for the City of Garden Grove for facilities construction at the West Haven Community Center

-$90,000 for the City of La Puente for construction of a youth activity and learning center

-$90,000 for the City of Lawndale for construction of a new senior center

-$90,000 for the City of Palo Alto for the rehabilitation and expansion of the Childrens' Library

-$90,000 for the City of San Fernando for a feasibility study of business redevelopment focused on major commercial corridors

-$90,000 for the Contra Costa Community College for the Regional Training Institute's facility renovation

-$90,000 for the Intergenerational Daycare Center, Organization for the Needs of the Elderly in Van Nuys for facility construction

-$90,000 for the Tech Museum of Innovation in San Jose for renovations necessary for theater improvements

-$90,000 for the Watts Theatre and Education Center in Los Angeles for renovations to the center

-$90,000 for the YMCA of San Franciscofor construction of a facility in the Bayview-Hunters Point neighborhood and rehabilitation of the Chinatown facility

-$90,000 for the Children īs Hospital in San Diego for facilities construction for the Convalescent Hospital

-$90,000 for the Kelseyville Senior Center in Lake County for renovations of a facility into a senior center

-$90,000 for the Arcata House Inc., in California for facility renovations

-$112,500 for the El Rescate in Los Angeles for renovation of a facility to house a social service agency

-$112,500 for the SRO Housing Corporation in Los Angeles for facilities construction for the James Wood Memorial Community Center

-$121,500 for the City of Lancaster for renovation of the Antelope Valley Mental Health Association headquarters building

-$121,500 for the City of Twentynine Palms for construction of the Twentynine Palms Visitor Center

-$121,500 for the Hi-Desert Medical Center in Joshua Tree for facilities expansion for the Obstetrics Center

-$121,500 for the History Department of the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County for facility improvements for the William S. Hart Museum in Newhall

-$135,000 for the City of San Rafael for renovation of the Pickleweed Park Community Center

-$135,000 for the City of Santa Monica for renovation of a historic structure for use as a visitor center

-$135,000 for the Spanish Speaking Unity Council in Oakland for rehabilitation of affordable elderly housing

-$162,000 for the City of Lancaster for facilities construction and improvements for the National Soccer Center

-$162,000 for the City of Temecula for construction of the Gymnasium-Old Town Temecula

-$162,000 for the Community Action Partnership of Kern for construction of a food bank

-$180,000 for the City of Vallejo for historic structure renovations at Mare Island

-$180,000 for the Sacramento Housing and Redevelopment Agency in Sacramento, California for construction of a learning center

-$202,500 for the Agua Caliente Cultural Museum in Palm Springs for facilities construction

-$202,500 for the City of Diamond Bar for construction of a community center

-$202,500 for the City of Ripon for construction of a Youth Center Complex

-$202,500 for the City of Riverside for facilities construction for the Riverside Regional Technology Transfer Center

-$202,500 for the City of Stockton for renovation of the Fox Theatre

-$202,500 for the East County YMCA in La Mesa, California for facilities construction and improvements

-$202,500 for the Sweetwater Authority for recreation facilities construction at Sweetwater and Loveland Reservoirs in San Diego County

-$225,000 for the City of Eureka for construction of a waterfront facility as part of the downtown revitalization

-$225,000 for the Covenant House California in Oakland to purchase and renovate a building

-$225,000 for the Martin Luther King Jr., Freedom Center in Oakland to build a community center

-$225,000 for the Center Theater Group of Los Angeles for the Culver Theater project

-$225,000 for the Corporation for Supportive Housing in California for a homeless intervention program

-$243,000 for the Fund for the Preservation of the California State Mining and Mineral Museum for facilities construction in Mariposa

-$270,000 for the City of Salinas for construction of recreational facilities

-$283,500 for the City of Citrus Heights for facilities construction for the Sayonara Neighborhood revitalization project

-$283,500 for the City of Shasta Lake for construction of a senior housing complex

-$324,000 for the Kern County Office of Education for facilities construction for the the Mobility Opportunities via Education project in Southeast Bakersfield

-$324,000 for the West Side Park and Recreation District for renovation of the Taft Community Pool in Taft

-$360,000 for the City of San Francisco for construction of the Mission Bay Senior Housing Project

-$405,000 for the City of San Diego for construction of the Elm Street residences for transitional housing

-$405,000 for the Boys and Girls Club of Las Virgenes, Inc. for facilities construction in the City of Thousand Oaks

-$405,000 for the City of La Mesa for facilities construction and improvements for the La Mesa PARKS Project

-$405,000 for the City of Westminster for construction of a community center

-$405,000 for the Palomar YMCA in Escondido, California for construction of an aquatic center

-$405,000 for the Town of Apple Valley, California for construction of an aquatic center

-$450,000 for the City of Inglewood for the construction of a senior center

-$450,000 for the City of Fresno for the redevelopment of the Roeding Business Park

-$540,000 for the City of Madera for a community cultural and youth center

-$675,000 for the City of East Palo Alto for redevelopment to Ravenswood Industrial Area

-$810,000 for the City of Rancho Cucamonga for construction of a senior center



Brownfields Redevelopment

The report appropriates $25 million for brownfields redevelopment, the same level as was appropriated in FY 2002.

HOME Investment Partnerships Program

For the HOME program, the conference report provides a total of $1.925 billion, which is a $79 million increase over the FY02 funding level. California typically receives between 13% and 13.5% of HOME formula funding. $75 million is appropriated for a new Downpayment Assistance Initiative proposed by President Bush.

Homeless Assistance Grants

The Homeless Assistance Grants Program funds the Shelter Plus Care, Supportive Housing, Emergency Shelter Grants, and Section 8 Moderate Rehabilitation Single Room Occupancy programs. The conference report appropriates $1.225 billion for Homeless Assistance Grants. The FY02 funding level for the Homeless Assistance Grants program was $1,122,525,000. For the HOME investment partnership program,

Public Housing

Public Housing Operating Subsidies levels are set at $3.6 billion by Conferees; whereas $1.23 billion is appropriated for homeless assistance. This includes full funding for Shelter Plus Care renewals.

Other Provisions

In general provisions under the VA-HUD-Independent Agencies section, the conference report deletes language proposed by the Senate which would have expanded eligibility for Federal housing assistance to certain groups of aliens.



INDEPENDENT AGENCIES



National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Conferees provide NASA $15.4 billion, $513 million above last year's levels. NASA's space shuttle operation is also exempted from across-the-board spending cuts affecting most other Omnibus programs. Conference language also provides added flexibility to NASA officials for shifting funds across programs to facilitate resource maximization.

For Human Space Flight, the agreement provides $6.18 billion, which represents the higher Senate-proposed number plus $50 million provided for Space Shuttle Columbia disaster investigation costs.

For Science Aeronautics and Technology, the other major NASA account, the conference agreement provides $9.21 billion, an increase above both the $9.14 billion House figure and the $9.0 billion Senate proposal. A $110 million increase is provides for space science, including an increase of $95 million for the Pluto-Kuiper Belt mission and $20 million for the Jupiter Icy Moons Orbiter program, but reduces funding by $16.5 million due to the cancellation of the Flight Projects building construction at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena.

Also within Science Aeronautics and Technology, in the Biological and Physical Research account, the conferees provide for a $3.6 million increase for the Space Radiation program at Loma Linda University Hospital. The Earth Science account increases by $90.7 million for a number of projects, but notes that $3.4 million is made available due to cancellation of the Flight Projects building construction at the JPL. The Aero-Space Technology account increases by $71.6 million, including $1.15 million for on-going activities in support of NASA Dryden Flight Research Center's Intelligent Flight Control System (IFCS) research project. It also includes $900,000 for high temperature nanotechnology research, and a $40 million reduction "without prejudice" in the Space Launch Initiative (SLI) program due to last November's restructuring of SLI with the goal of developing an Orbital Space Plane.

In the Academic programs portion, the conferees included $59.8 million in earmarks, including $2.2 million for the JASON Foundation, as well as an increase of $1.8 million for the Center for Science and Math at the University of Redlands, and an increase of $675,000 for the California Science Center.

In addition, while NASA language does not include a House-promoted administrative provision to preclude expenditures for implementation of a non-governmental organization for International Space Station (ISS) research before December 31, 2003, the conference report does provide that any proposed contractual action be limited to that of leadership and advocacy. It also requires that NAS A report back to Congress on the status by March 15, 2003.



National Science Foundation

Under the Conference Report, funding for the National Science Foundation would increase to $5.3 billion. This includes $4 billion for research; $150 million for equipment and construction; and $909 million for education and human resources.

The $4.08 billion level for Research is roughly the level proposed by the Senate and is below the $4.15 billion level proposed by the House. Within research, specific programmatic funding levels are $574.9 million for Biological Sciences, $582.2 million for Computer and Information Science and Engineering, $534.1 million for Engineering, $689.2 million for Geosciences, $1.04 billion for Mathematical and Physical Sciences, $192.3 million for Social Behavioral and Economic Sciences, $69 million for U.S. Antarctic Logistical Support Activities, and $147.8 million for Integrative Activities.

Under the $149.5 million for Major Research Equipment and Facilities Construction, the conference agreement provides $9.72 million for the Large Hadron Collider; $25.5 million to complete the High-Performance Instrumented Airborne Platform for Environmental Research (HIAPER); $10 million for the Terascale Computing System and the Distributed Terascale Facility; $30 million for the new Earthscope project; as well as $13.6 million for the George E. Brown, Jr. Network for Earthquake Engineering Simulation.

Within $909 million for education and human resources, the report provides $127.5 million for the Math and Science Partnership program, $40.3 million for Educational System Reform, $90 million for the Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) program, $177.4 million for Elementary, Secondary and Informal Education, $160.6 million for Undergraduate Education, $140.9 million for Graduate Education (including an increase in graduate level stipends to $27,500 for the research and teaching fellowship programs and the trainee program administered by the Foundation through its Graduate Education program), $105.2 million for Human Resource Development, and $67,200,000 for Research, Evaluation and Communication.



Environmental Protection Agency

The Environmental Protection Agency is appropriated $8.1 billion, with the Superfund hazardous waste cleanup program share remaining consistent with FY2002 levels at $1.3 billion. Language is included in the Conference Report placing greater emphasis on funding state grants to improve water quality.

Science and Technology and Environmental Management and Programs

The agreement provides $720,261,000 in funding for research and development activities, and $2.1 billion for environmental programs and management. The total appropriated for Science and Technology includes the following earmarks:

-$450,000 for the city of San Bernardino/San Bernardino Valley Metropolitan Water District for the Lakes and Streams project

-$675,000 for the University of California, Riverside for continued research of advanced vehicle design, advanced transportation systems, vehicle emissions, and atmospheric pollution at the CE-CERT facility

-$450,000 for the Monterey County, California Water Resources Association for planning activities for the Salinas Valley Water Project -$1.8 million for the International Center for Water Technology at California State University, Fresno

-$900,000 for the Central California Air Quality Study conducted by the Central California Air Quality Coalition

-$720,000 for the Contra Costa Water District for applied research studies related to the water quality and water treatment challenges facing Bay Delta water users

-$450,000 for the City of Glendale for research and development of technology for the removal of Chromium 6 from water

The total appropriated for Environmental Management and Programs includes the following earmarks:

-$450,000 for the San Joaquin River Resource Management Coalition of California

-$225,000 to establish a Santa Ana River Watershed Research and Training Program at the Water Resources Institute of California State University, San Bernardino

-$270,000 for the Sacramento River Toxic Pollutant Control Program and Sacramento River Watershed Program

-$450,000 for the Gateway Cities Council of Governments, California pilot program to reduce diesel emissions

State and Tribal Assistance Grants

The report appropriates $3.9 billion in funding for state and tribal assistance grants, which includes $75 million in available loans to municipal, inter-municipal, interstate, or state agencies or nonprofit entities for projects that provide treatment for or that minimize sewage or storm water discharges using one or more approaches. Of the total:

-$50 million is appropriated for the United States-Mexico Border program

-$90.5 million for a new Brownfields grant program

-$1.2 billion is provided for categorical grants to the states and tribes, including $50 million for Brownfields categorical grants

Specifically, the total includes the following targeted earmarks:

-$675,000 for the Mission Springs Water District for groundwater protection and water infrastructure improvements

-$675,000 to the City of Murrieta for wastewater infrastructure improvements

-$900,000 to the City of Newport Beach for the Big Canyon Reservoir Cover Project

-$630,000 to the Irvine Ranch Water District of Irvine for improvement of the San Diego Creek Watershed Natural Treatment System

-$630,000 to the City of Laguna Beach for wastewater infrastructure improvements

-$1,710,000 to the Olivenhain Municipal Water District in Encinitas for water infrastructure improvements

-$1,800,000 to the Placer Nevada Wastewater Authority for wastewater infrastructure improvements in Placer County, California

-$1,350,000 for water infrastructure improvements for the Cities of Arcadia and Sierra Madre

-$450,000 to the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California for the Desalination Research and Innovation Partnership

-$540,000 to Ventura County for water and wastewater infrastructure improvements related to the completion and implementation of the Calleguas Creek Watershed Management Plan

-$450,000 to the United Water Conservation District of Ventura County for the Oxnard Plain Groundwater Recharge project

-$225,000 to the County of Ventura for wastewater infrastructure needs for El Rio

-$315,000 to the City of El Segundo for sanitary sewer overflow infrastructure improvements

-$450,000 to the City of Redding for water and wastewater infrastructure improvements for the Redding Stillwater Industrial Park

-$450,000 for stormwater pollution mitigation improvements and infrastructure in Los Angeles County

-$247,500 for the City of Oceanside for infrastructure improvements to the Mission San Luis Rey Waterline

-$450,000 to the City of Brisbane for wastewater infrastructure improvements

-$90,000 for the Mojave Water Agency for design and construction of a pipeline and facilities to supply supplemental water to the Mojave River Middle Basin Transition Zone

-$270,000 for the continuation of water infrastructure improvements in Twentynine Palms

-$225,000 for the Warren Valley Basin Recharge/Reuse project in Yucca Valley

-$90,000 for the Lower Owens River Project in Inyo County

-$90,000 for the continuation of water infrastructure improvements in the Yucaipa Valley Water District in Yucaipa

-$90,000 for the development of a water master plan to serve the water infrastructure needs of the City of Hesperia

-$90,000 for planning and design of a sewage treatment and water reclamation facility in Apple Valley

-$45,000 for Basin Water to conduct a national demonstration project for Highly Efficient / Minimum Waste Ion Exchange Treatment of Potable Water Supplies in Southern California

-$900,000 to the City of Sacramento for the Combined Sewer System Improvement and Rehabilitation project

-$675,000 to the City of Compton for water infrastructure improvements

-$225,000 to the City of Chino Hills for stormwater infrastructure improvements for the intersection of Eucalyptus and Peyton Drive

-$225,000 to the City of Brea for wastewater and stormwater infrastructure improvements

-$225,000 to the City of Norwalk for drinking water infrastructure construction and improvements for the Norwalk Reservoir Project

-$900,000 to the City and County of San Francisco for water and wastewater infrastructure improvements for the Hunters Point Naval Shipyard

-$450,000 to the City of Ripon for water infrastructure improvements to assist in the removal of arsenic from drinking water

-$315,000 to Madera County, California Resource Management Agency for wastewater infrastructure improvements in Oakhurst

-$900,000 to the City of Huntington Beach for stormwater and sanitary sewer infrastructure improvements

-$225,000 to the City of Garden Grove for stormwater infrastructure improvements

-$450,000 to the City of Glendale working in conjunction with the Utah State University in Logan, Utah, the University of Colorado in Boulder, and UCLA for a research study and pilot treatment plant focused on the removal of chromium 6 from drinking water

-$315,000 to the City of Willits for wastewater infrastructure improvements and wetlands mitigation

-$225,000 to Sonoma County for wastewater infrastructure improvements for the Canon Manor community

-$225,000 to Marin County for wastewater infrastructure improvements for Tomales Bay

-$225,000 to the City of Cudahy for wastewater and sewer infrastructure improvements

-$225,000 to the City of Maywood for wastewater and sewer infrastructure improvements

-$405,000 to the Tuolumne Utility District for the canal optimization study

-$450,000 for the City of Whittier for water and sewer infrastructure improvements

-$450,000 for the City of Eureka for the Martin Slough Interceptor project

-$450,000 for Lake County for the Clear Lake Basin 2000 project



Institute of Museum and Library Services

The conference report includes $245.5 million in funding for libraries, higher than the House or Senate numbers, and it adds various earmarks, including $500,000 to the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco for exhibits and education programs; $250,000 to the Bowers Museum in the City of Santa Ana for education programs, publications and technology; $275,000 to the California State University, San Marcos to upgrade its electronic catalog and to provide computer stations for the library; $100,000 to the Children's Museum of Stockton for a Delta Region Exhibit; $900,000 to the Fresno Metropolitan Museum of Art, History and Science for technology, exhibits, educational and outreach programs, and to develop a science-based exhibition and learning center; $62,000 to the Glendale Public Library for personnel, equipment and other expenses to implement the Homework AssisTeens program; $200,000 to the Hesperia Community Library to purchase library materials and upgrade technology; $300,000 to the Monterey County Youth Museum for interactive mobile exhibits and educational programs; $75,000 to the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles for its `Earth Odyssey' environmental science program; $200,000 to the Orangevale Library in Sacramento for evaluation and analysis of existing library service, program and facilities; $500,000 to the San Bernardino County Museum to develop the Inland Empire Archival Heritage Center and Web Module; $100,000 to the Simon Wiesenthal Center's Los Angeles Museum for Tolerance for the Tools for Tolerance for Educators program to provide teacher training in diversity, tolerance and cooperation; $300,000 to the Whittier Public Library to establish a children's homework center and family literacy center; and $100,000 to the Zimmer Children's Museum of the Jewish Community Centers of Greater Los Angeles for expansion of the YouThink program.



Federal Emergency Management Administration

The report provides appropriates $800 million for disaster relief, instead of the $1.82 million proposed by the House and the $842.8 million proposed by the Senate. For emergency management planning and assistance, the agreement provides $388.3 million, instead of $367 million as proposed by the House and $1.6 billion as proposed by the Senate.

The conference report includes language stating that "the funds made available [in a previous year's appropriations bill] for a pilot project of seismic retrofit technology at California State University, San Bernardino, are reduced to $3,559,500, the funds made available under this heading in Public Law 106-74 for a pilot project of seismic retrofit technology at California State University, San Bernardino, are reduced to $0, and that the funds made available as a result of this action shall be used to mitigate fire danger in the area of the San Bernardino National Forest due to bark beetle infestation."

Further administrative language states, "FEMA is hereby directed to recognize that a hospital building has met the `immediate occupancy' requirements of the Seismic Hazard Mitigation Program for Hospitals (SHMPH) if such building is approved by California's Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development (OSHPD) for occupancy until 2030 or beyond under the Alfred E. Alquist Hospital Facilities Seismic Safety Act of 1983 now in effect."



General Services Administration

The conference report provides $23.9 million for new construction of a United States Courthouse Annex in San Diego.

For facilities repair, the conference report provides $593.2 million for work at various facilities across the country, including at the Los Angeles Federal Building, San Francisco Appraisers Building, 50 United Nations Plaza Federal Building in San Francisco (design), and the United States Border Station in Tecate.

 

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METHODOLOGICAL NOTE

 

It is important for readers to note that the appropriation figures cited in the updated analysis are not reduced by the 0.65 percent across-the-board cut enacted in the bill. It will be up to the individual agencies to determine how and where to impose those cuts.


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