Mr. LIVINGSTON submitted the following conference report and statement on the bill (H.R. 1469) making emergency supplemental appropriations for recovery from natural disasters, and for overseas peacekeeping efforts, including those in Bosnia, for the fiscal year ending September 30, 1997, and for other purposes:
That the House recede from its disagreement to the amendment of the Senate, and agree to the same with an amendment, as follows:
In lieu of the matter stricken and inserted by said amendment, insert:
That the following sums are appropriated, out of any money in the Treasury not otherwise appropriated, for recovery from natural disasters, and for overseas peacekeeping efforts, including those in Bosnia, for the fiscal year ending September 30, 1997, and for other purposes, namely:
The conferees agree to amend Section 301, as proposed by the Senate. The conferees understand that the Ballistic Missile Defense Organization (BMDO) has no plans to transfer management, development, and acquisition authority over the National Missile Defense Program from the military services until the contract for a Lead System Integrator (LSI) for the National Missile Defense Program is awarded. Section 301 of the conference agreement directs the Department of Defense to provide a report to the congressional defense committees 30 days prior to taking any action to transfer management, development, and acquisition authority over the National Missile Defense Program from the military services. The conferees further direct that BMDO provide a report to the congressional defense committees on the specific plans for transferring management responsibility under the LSI acquisition strategy within 30 days of enactment of this Act. Section 301 also directs an analysis by the Joint Requirements Oversight Council (JROC) regarding recommended roles of the military services in regards to National Missile Defense, with the results of said analysis to be provided to the congressional defense committees within 60 days of enactment, and directs that no actions shall be taken to delay or defer planned activities under the National Missile Defense Program based solely on the conduct of this JROC analysis.
Sec. 305. None of the funds available to the Department of Defense in this or any other Act shall be available to pay the cost of operating a National Missile Defense Joint Program Office which includes more than 55 military and civilian personnel located in the National Capital Region.