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May 22, 1998 CONGRESSIONAL RECORD — HOUSE H3879

initiatives, if any, undertaken during the pre- ‘‘(1) IN GENERAL.—In consultation with the (6) by striking subsection (i) (as redesignated
vious fiscal year that were not in the plan de- Associate Deputy Secretary, the Assistant Sec- by paragraph (3) of this subsection) and insert-
veloped under paragraph (1), and any signifi- retaries, and the heads of the operating admin- ing the following:
cant changes in the plan from the previous istrations of the Department of Transportation, ‘‘(i) PROHIBITION ON CERTAIN DISCLOSURES.—
year’s plan. the Director shall establish and maintain a ‘‘(1) IN GENERAL.—An officer or employee of
‘‘(d) MERIT REVIEW AND PERFORMANCE MEAS- transportation data base for all modes of trans- the Bureau may not—
UREMENT.—Not later than 1 year after the date portation. ‘‘(A) make any disclosure in which the data
of enactment of this section, the Secretary shall ‘‘(2) USE.—The data base shall be suitable for provided by an individual or organization under
transmit to Congress a report describing com- analyses carried out by the Federal Govern- subsection (c)(2) can be identified;
petitive merit review procedures for use in se- ment, the States, and metropolitan planning or- ‘‘(B) use the information provided under sub-
lecting grantees and contractors in the programs ganizations. section (c)(2) for a nonstatistical purpose; or
covered by the plan developed under subsection ‘‘(3) CONTENTS.—The data base shall in- ‘‘(C) permit anyone other than an individual
(c) and performance measurement procedures clude— authorized by the Director to examine any indi-
for evaluating the programs. ‘‘(A) information on the volumes and patterns vidual report provided under subsection (c)(2).
‘‘(e) PROCUREMENT PROCEDURES.—The Sec- of movement of goods, including local, inter- ‘‘(2) PROHIBITION ON REQUESTS FOR CERTAIN
retary shall— regional, and international movement, by all DATA.—
‘‘(1) develop model procurement procedures modes of transportation and intermodal com- ‘‘(A) GOVERNMENT AGENCIES.—No department,
that encourage the use of advanced tech- binations, and by relevant classification; bureau, agency, officer, or employee of the
nologies; and ‘‘(B) information on the volumes and patterns United States (except the Director in carrying
‘‘(2) develop model transactions for carrying of movement of people, including local, inter- out this section) may require, for any reason, a
out and coordinating Federal and State surface regional, and international movements, by all copy of any report that has been filed under
transportation research and technology develop- modes of transportation (including bicycle and subsection (c)(2) with the Bureau or retained by
ment activities. pedestrian modes) and intermodal combinations, an individual respondent.
‘‘(f) CONSISTENCY WITH GOVERNMENT PER- and by relevant classification; ‘‘(B) COURTS.—Any copy of a report described
FORMANCE AND RESULTS ACT OF 1993.—The ‘‘(C) information on the location and in subparagraph (A) that has been retained by
plans and reports developed under this section connectivity of transportation facilities and an individual respondent or filed with the Bu-
shall be consistent with and incorporated as services; and reau or any of its employees, contractors, or
part of the plans developed under section 306 of ‘‘(D) a national accounting of expenditures agents—
title 5 and sections 1115 and 1116 of title 31.’’. and capital stocks on each mode of transpor- ‘‘(i) shall be immune from legal process; and
SEC. 5109. BUREAU OF TRANSPORTATION STATIS- tation and intermodal combination. ‘‘(ii) shall not, without the consent of the in-
TICS. ‘‘(e) NATIONAL TRANSPORTATION LIBRARY.— dividual concerned, be admitted as evidence or
(a) IN GENERAL.—Section 111 of title 49, ‘‘(1) IN GENERAL.—The Director shall establish used for any purpose in any action, suit, or
United States Code, is amended— and maintain a National Transportation Li- other judicial or administrative proceeding.
(1) in subsection (b)(4) by striking the second brary, which shall contain a collection of statis- ‘‘(C) APPLICABILITY.—This paragraph shall
sentence; tical and other information needed for transpor- apply only to reports that permit information
(2) in subsection (c)— tation decisionmaking at the Federal, State, and concerning an individual or organization to be
(A) in paragraph (1)— local levels. reasonably inferred by direct or indirect means.
(i) in subparagraph (J) by striking ‘‘and’’ at ‘‘(2) ACCESS.—The Director shall facilitate ‘‘(3) DATA COLLECTED FOR NONSTATISTICAL
the end; and promote access to the Library, with the goal PURPOSES.—In a case in which the Bureau is
(ii) in subparagraph (K) by striking the period of improving the ability of the transportation authorized by statute to collect data or informa-
at the end and inserting ‘‘; and’’; and community to share information and the ability tion for a nonstatistical purpose, the Director
(iii) by adding at the end the following: of the Director to make statistics readily acces- shall clearly distinguish the collection of the
‘‘(L) transportation-related variables that in- sible under subsection (c)(5). data or information, by rule and on the collec-
fluence global competitiveness.’’; ‘‘(3) COORDINATION.—The Director shall work tion instrument, so as to inform a respondent
(B) in paragraph (2)— with other transportation libraries and other that is requested or required to supply the data
(i) in the first sentence by striking ‘‘national transportation information providers, both pub- or information of the nonstatistical purpose.’’;
transportation system’’ and inserting ‘‘transpor- lic and private, to achieve the goal specified in (7) in subsection (j) (as redesignated by para-
tation systems of the United States’’; paragraph (2). graph (3) of this subsection) by striking ‘‘On or
(ii) by striking subparagraph (A) and insert- ‘‘(f) NATIONAL TRANSPORTATION ATLAS DATA before January 1, 1994, and annually thereafter,
ing the following: BASE.— the’’ and inserting ‘‘The’’; and
‘‘(A) be coordinated with efforts to measure ‘‘(1) IN GENERAL.—The Director shall develop (8) by adding at the end the following:
outputs and outcomes of the Department of and maintain geospatial data bases that de- ‘‘(k) PROCEEDS OF DATA PRODUCT SALES.—
Transportation and the transportation systems pict— Notwithstanding section 3302 of title 31, United
of the United States under the Government Per- ‘‘(A) transportation networks; States Code, funds received by the Bureau from
formance and Results Act of 1993 (107 Stat. 285 ‘‘(B) flows of people, goods, vehicles, and the sale of data products, for necessary expenses
et seq.) and the amendments made by such craft over the networks; and incurred, may be credited to the Highway Trust
Act;’’; and ‘‘(C) social, economic, and environmental con- Fund (other than the Mass Transit Account) for
(iii) in subparagraph (C) by inserting ‘‘, made ditions that affect or are affected by the net- the purpose of reimbursing the Bureau for the
relevant to the States and metropolitan plan- works. expenses.’’.
ning organizations,’’ after ‘‘accuracy’’; ‘‘(2) INTERMODAL NETWORK ANALYSIS.—The (b) CONFORMING AMENDMENTS.—Section 5503
(C) in paragraph (3) by adding at the end the data bases shall be able to support intermodal of title 49, United States Code, is amended—
following: ‘‘The Bureau shall review and report network analysis. (1) by striking subsection (d); and
to the Secretary of Transportation on the ‘‘(g) RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT GRANTS.— (2) by redesignating subsections (e), (f), and
sources and reliability of the statistics proposed ‘‘(1) IN GENERAL.—The Secretary may make (g) as subsections (d), (e), and (f), respectively.
by the heads of the operating administrations of grants to, or enter into cooperative agreements
SEC. 5110. UNIVERSITY TRANSPORTATION RE-
the Department to measure outputs and out- or contracts with, public and nonprofit private SEARCH.
comes as required by the Government Perform- entities (including State transportation depart-
(a) IN GENERAL.—Subchapter I of chapter 55
ance and Results Act of 1993, and the amend- ments, metropolitan planning organizations,
of title 49, United States Code, is amended by
ments made by such Act, and shall carry out and institutions of higher education) for—
adding at the end the following:
such other reviews of the sources and reliability ‘‘(A) investigation of the subjects specified in
of other data collected by the heads of the oper- subsection (c)(1) and research and development ‘‘§ 5505. University transportation research
ating administrations of the Department as of new methods of data collection, management, ‘‘(a) REGIONAL CENTERS.—The Secretary of
shall be requested by the Secretary.’’; and integration, dissemination, interpretation, and Transportation shall make grants to nonprofit
(D) by adding at the end the following: analysis; institutions of higher learning to establish and
‘‘(7) SUPPORTING TRANSPORTATION DECISION- ‘‘(B) development of electronic clearinghouses operate 1 university transportation center in
MAKING.—Ensuring that the statistics compiled of transportation data and related information, each of the 10 United States Government regions
under paragraph (1) are relevant for transpor- as part of the National Transportation Library that comprise the Standard Federal Regional
tation decisionmaking by the Federal Govern- under subsection (e); and Boundary System.
ment, State and local governments, transpor- ‘‘(C) development and improvement of meth- ‘‘(b) OTHER CENTERS.—The Secretary shall
tation-related associations, private businesses, ods for sharing geographic data, in support of make grants to nonprofit institutions of higher
and consumers.’’; the national transportation atlas data base learning to establish and operate university
(3) by redesignating subsections (d), (e), and under subsection (f) and the National Spatial transportation centers, in addition to the cen-
(f) as subsections (h), (i), and (j), respectively; Data Infrastructure developed under Executive ters receiving grants under subsection (a), to ad-
(4) by striking subsection (g); Order No. 12906. dress transportation management and research
(5) by inserting after subsection (c) the follow- ‘‘(2) LIMITATION.—Not more than $500,000 of and development matters, with special attention
ing: the amounts made available to carry out this to increasing the number of highly skilled indi-
‘‘(d) INTERMODAL TRANSPORTATION DATA section in a fiscal year may be used to carry out viduals entering the field of transportation.
BASE.— this subsection.’’; ‘‘(c) SELECTION OF GRANT RECIPIENTS.—