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Calendar No. 163 104th Congress Report SENATE 1st Session 104-126 _______________________________________________________________________ DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION AND RELATED AGENCIES APPROPRIATIONS BILL, 1996 _______ August 4 (legislative day, July 10), 1995.--Ordered to be printed _______________________________________________________________________ Mr. Hatfield, from the Committee on Appropriations, submitted the following R E P O R T [To accompany H.R. 2002] The Committee on Appropriations, to which was referred the bill (H.R. 2002) making appropriations for the Department of Transportation and related agencies for the fiscal year ending September 30, 1996, and for other purposes, reports the same to the Senate with amendments and recommends that the bill as amended do pass.
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                           PERFORMANCE AWARDS
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                                          Fiscal year
        Agency           Fiscal year      1996 budget       Committee
                       1995 limitation      estimate      recommendation
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Bureau of
 Transportation
 Statistics..........           13,981           22,427           18,000

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              RESEARCH AND SPECIAL PROGRAMS ADMINISTRATION

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                   Aviation information management

    The Aviation Information Management [AIM] Program provides
financial and statistical economic data on individual air
carrier operations and the air transportation industry. The AIM
provides airline data and special project data services to DOT
programs and users. It also arranges for access to the data by
non-DOT parties through its reports reference room, the RSPA's
center for transportation information at the Volpe National
Transportation Systems Center, and private sector information
firms.
    The AIM Program became part of RSPA in 1985 to provide
separation of its administration and direction from its users
in the Office of the Secretary [OST] and the Federal Aviation
Administration [FAA]. In fiscal year 1991, the airline tariffs
function was transferred from OST to RSPA. Beginning in fiscal
year 1995, the Department of Transportation transferred the AIM
Program to the Bureau of Transportation Statistics consistent
with BTS' primary role in statistical oversight. In fiscal year
1996, funding for the AIM Program has been shifted to BTS and
OST.

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                  BUREAU OF TRANSPORTATION STATISTICS
Appropriations, 1995....................................................
Budget estimate, 1996...................................      $2,322,000
    (By transfer).......................................    (20,000,000)
House allowance.........................................................
Committee recommendation................................       2,200,000

    (By transfer)

                                                            (20,000,000)

    The Aviation Statistics Program is proposed for transfer
from the Research and Special Programs Administration to this
new account. The rationale for this transfer is to put the
responsibility for the compilation and analysis of airline
economic data with the office that has broad authority to
collect and analyze transportation statistics across a wide
spectrum. Airline data is a significant component in DOT's
intermodal data banks because most interstate and international
commercial passengers travel by air. This program includes a
small field office located in Anchorage, AK, which provides
consumers with reliable and timely airline data related to
essential air service and intra-Alaskan mail rate programs.
Twenty FTE's and $2,322,000 are requested in support of this
program. For fiscal year 1995, the program resources will be
transferred by a memorandum of agreement [MOU] signed by RSPA
and BTS.
    The Committee has included a general fund appropriation of
$2,200,000 for the Aviation Statistics Office transfer.