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43 496 105 th Congress Report HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES 1st Session 105 313 MAKING APPROPRIATIONS FOR THE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION AND RELATED AGENCIES FOR THE FISCAL YEAR ENDING SEPTEMBER 30, 1998, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES October 7, 1997.--Ordered to be printed Mr. Wolf , from the committee on conference, submitted the following CONFERENCE REPORT [To accompany H.R. 2169] The committee of conference on the disagreeing votes of the two Houses on the amendment of the Senate to the bill (H.R. 2169) ``making appropriations for the Department of Transportation and related agencies for the fiscal year ending September 30, 1998, and for other purposes,'' having met, after full and free conference, have agreed to recommend and do recommend to their respective Houses as follows: 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: * * * * * Sec. 324. Notwithstanding 31 U.S.C. 3302, funds received by the Bureau of Transportation Statistics from the sale of data products, for necessary expenses incurred pursuant to 49 U.S.C. 111 may be credited to the Federal-aid highways account for the purpose of reimbursing the Bureau for such expenses: Provided, That such funds shall not be subject to the obligation limitation for Federal-aid highways and highway safety construction. * * * * * JOINT EXPLANATORY STATEMENT OF THE COMMITTEE OF CONFERENCE The managers on the part of the House and the Senate at the conference on the disagreeing votes of the two Houses on the amendment of the Senate to the bill (H.R. 2169) making appropriations for the Department of Transportation and related agencies for the fiscal year ending September 30, 1998, and for other purposes, submit the following joint statement to the House of Representatives and the Senate in explanation of the effect of the action agreed upon by the managers and recommended in the accompanying conference report. The Senate deleted the entire House bill after the enacting clause and inserted the Senate bill. The conference agreement includes a revised bill. * * * * * BUREAU OF TRANSPORTATION STATISTICS Funding for the Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) is provided through the federal-aid highways budget. The Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act of 1991 (ISTEA) authorized $25,000,000 for fiscal year 1997, and the conference agreement defers funding decisions for fiscal year 1998 to the appropriate authorizing committees which shall determine BTS' funding levels in fiscal year 1998 in the context of the reauthorization of ISTEA. The conferees are concerned, however, that the BTS has sought to reduce activities of the Office of Airline Information (OAI), whose mission is to provide the US government, the department and other users with uniform and comprehensive financial, traffic, and economic data on individual air carrier operations and the air transportation industry, citing insufficient funding. Last year the conferees noted that ample funding was provided through BTS' core program to fund all on-going activities related to OAI, and the conferees again expect that all OAI activities shall be fully funded in fiscal year 1998 within the core funding provided to the BTS. * * * * * The conference agreement includes the Senate technical correction to the House provision that allows for the sale and credit of receipts for Bureau of Transportation Statistics data products.