114th Congress 1st Session A Bill Forwarded to Congress by Secretary Jewell

114th Congress

1st session

A Bill

To prepare the National Park Service for its Centennial in 2016 and for a second century of protecting our national parks' natural, historic, and cultural resources for present and future generations and for other purposes.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1.SHORT TITLE;TABLE OF CONTENTS.

(a)SHORT TITLE.—This Act may be cited as the "National Park Service Centennial Act".

(b) TABLE OF CONTENTS.—The table of contents of this Act is as follows:

Sec. 1.Short title;table of contents.

TITLE I- CENTENNIAL DECLARATION

TITLE II –NATIONAL PARK CENTENNIAL CHALLENGE FUND

Sec. 201.Purpose.

Sec. 202.Definitions.

Sec. 203.National Park Centennial Challenge Fund.

Sec. 204.Signature Projects and Programs.

Sec. 205.Donations and Matching Federal Funds.

Sec. 206.Report to Congress.

TITLE III - SECOND CENTURY INFRASTRUCTURE INVESTMENT

TITLE IV –PUBLIC LANDS CENTENNIAL INVESTMENT

Sec. 401. Public Lands Centennial Fund.

Sec. 402. Public Lands Centennial Program.

Sec. 403. Report to Congress.

TITLE V –NATIONAL PARK FOUNDATION ENDOWMENT

Sec. 501.Short Title.

Sec. 502.Second Century Endowment for the National Park Service.

TITLE VI –NATIONAL PARK SERVICE SECOND CENTURY FUND

Sec. 601. Second Century Fund

Sec. 602.Comparable Pass Costs for Seniors.

TITLE VII –NATIONAL PARK NEXT GENERATION STEWARDS

Sec. 701. National Park Service Interpretation and Education.

Sec. 702. Public Land Corps Amendments.

Sec. 703. Volunteers in the Parks.

TITLE VIII –NATIONAL PARK SERVICE VISITOR SERVICES MANAGEMENT PROGRAM

TITLE IX –INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY

TITLE X—NATIONAL PARK FOUNDATION AUTHORITIES

Sec. 1001.Board of Directors.

Sec. 1002.Authorization of Appropriations.

TITLE I –CENTENNIAL DECLARATION

Section 100301 of title 54, United States Code, is amended—

(1) by striking "There is" and inserting "(a) There is", and

(2) by adding the following new subsection at the end:

"(b)CENTENNIAL DECLARATION.—

On the centennial of the establishment of the Service in 1916, Congress declares that the Service has responsibility not only for the administration of the System, but also for programs that provide financial and technical assistance to states, communities, and individuals to protect natural, cultural, historical, and recreational sites, enhancing the preservation of the nation's story, increasing access to the outdoors, and contributing to the economic and environmental well-being of the United States.The Congress reaffirms and directs that the Secretary utilize these programs, and any related programs authorized by Congress, to further the conservation and enjoyment of the natural and cultural heritage of the nation for the benefit and inspiration of the public.".

TITLE II –NATIONAL PARK CENTENNIAL CHALLENGE FUND

SEC. 201. PURPOSE.

It is the purpose of this title to establish a fund in the Treasury that will be used to finance signature projects and programs to enhance the National Park System as it approaches its centennial in 2016 and to prepare the parks for another century of conservation, preservation, and enjoyment.

SEC. 202. DEFINITIONS.

In this title:

(1) CHALLENGE FUND.—The term "Challenge Fund" means the National Park Centennial Challenge Fund.

(2) DIRECTOR.—The term "Director" means the Director of the National Park Service.

(3) SECRETARY.—The term "Secretary" means the Secretary of the Interior.

(4) SIGNATURE PROJECT OR PROGRAM.—The term "signature project or program" means any project or program identified by the Secretary as one that will help prepare the national parks for another century of conservation, preservation, and enjoyment.

(5) QUALIFIED DONATION.—The term "qualified donation" means either a cash donation, or the binding pledge of a cash donation that is guaranteed by an irrevocable letter of credit, to the National Park Service that the Director certifies is to be used for a signature project or program.

SEC. 203.NATIONAL PARK CENTENNIAL CHALLENGE FUND.

(a) ESTABLISHMENT.—There is hereby established in the Treasury a fund to be known as the National Park Centennial Challenge Fund.The Challenge Fund shall consist of:

(1) Qualified donations that are transferred from the National Park Service donation account in accordance with section 205(a) of this title;and

(2) Amounts appropriated from the general fund of the Treasury in accordance with section 205(b) of this title.

(b) AVAILABILITY.—All amounts transferred or appropriated to the Challenge Fund shall be available to the Secretary for signature projects and programs under this title without further appropriation until expended.

SEC. 204. SIGNATURE PROJECTS AND PROGRAMS.

(a) LIST.—The Secretary shall develop a list of signature projects and programs eligible for funding from the Challenge Fund.The list shall be submitted to the Committees on Appropriations and Energy and Natural Resources in the United States Senate, and to the Committees on Appropriations and Natural Resources in the House of Representatives.

(b) UPDATES.—The Secretary may, from time to time, as the Secretary finds appropriate, add any signature project or program to the list and provide notice of such addition as required by subsection (a).

SEC. 205. DONATIONS AND MATCHING FEDERAL FUNDS.

(a) QUALIFIED DONATIONS.—At any time after October 1, 2015, the Secretary may transfer to the Challenge Fund any qualified donation received by the National Park Service.

(b) MATCHING AMOUNT.—There is appropriated to the Challenge Fund in each fiscal year beginning on October 1, 2015 and ending on September 30, 2018, an amount equal to the qualified donations received in the same fiscal year, not to exceed $100 million in any one year.

(c) SOLICITATION.—Nothing in this title shall be construed as expanding any authority that exists on the date of its enactment with respect to the ability of the National Park Service and its employees to receive or solicit donations.

SEC. 206. REPORT TO CONGRESS.

The Secretary shall provide with the submission of the President's budget a report on the status of the signature projects and programs and their funding.

TITLE III –SECOND CENTURY INFRASTRUCTURE INVESTMENT.

In addition to annual appropriations, there is hereby appropriated to the National Park Service Construction Account in each fiscal year beginning on October 1, 2015, and ending on September 30, 2018, an amount equal to $300 million, to remain available until expended, to correct deficiencies in National Park Service infrastructure and facilities.

TITLE IV—PUBLIC LANDS CENTENNIAL PROGRAM

SEC. 401. PUBLIC LANDS CENTENNIAL FUND.

(a) ESTABLISHMENT.—There is established in the Treasury a fund to be known as the Public Lands Centennial Fund.

(b) FUNDING.—In each fiscal year beginning on October 1, 2015 and ending on September 30, 2018, there is hereby appropriated to the Public Lands Centennial Fund an amount equal to $100 million, to remain available until expended.

SEC. 402.PUBLIC LANDS CENTENNIAL PROGRAM.

(a) PROGRAM.—The Secretary of the Interior and the Secretary of Agriculture shall jointly establish a program under which funds from the Public Lands Centennial Fund are made available to federal land or water management agencies, including the Bureau of Land Management, the Bureau of Reclamation, the Fish and Wildlife Service, the Forest Service, and the National Park Service, to support projects that—

(1) enhance visitor services and outdoor recreational opportunities;

(2) restore lands and waters;

(3) repair facilities or trails;or

(4) increase energy and water efficiency.

(b) COMPETITIVE PROCESS.—The program established in subsection (a) shall provide for a competitive process for the selection of eligible projects.

(c) SELECTION CRITERIA.—In selecting projects to receive funds under the program established in section (a), the Secretary of the Interior and the Secretary of Agriculture shall consider the extent to which a proposed project—

(1) ranks highly within existing agency project prioritization processes;

(2) delivers measurable and observable environmental or community benefits;

(3) includes a role for youth and veterans;

(4) follows best management practices and does not create significant new burdens for maintenance or ongoing reinvestment by the proposing land management agency;and

(5) involves collaboration with community partners.

SEC. 403. REPORT TO CONGRESS.

The Secretary of the Interior and the Secretary of Agriculture shall provide with the submission of the President's budget a report of the projects selected for funding under section 402 and the status of their funding.

TITLE V –NATIONAL PARK FOUNDATION ENDOWMENT

SEC. 501.SHORT TITLE.

This title may be cited as the "National Park Foundation Endowment Act".

SEC. 502. SECOND CENTURY ENDOWMENT FOR THE NATIONAL PARK

SERVICE.

Chapter 1011 of title 54, United States Code, is amended by adding at the end the following:

"§ 101121.SECOND CENTURY ENDOWMENT FOR THE NATIONAL PARK SERVICE

"(a) SECOND CENTURY ENDOWMENT –To further the mission of the Service, the National Park Foundation shall establish a special account to be known as the Second Century Endowment for the National Park Service (Endowment).

"(1) FUNDS FOR THE ENDOWMENT.—

"(A) The Endowment shall consist of any gifts, devises, or bequests that are provided to the National Park Foundation for such purpose.

"(B) The National Park Foundation shall deposit any funds received for the Endowment in a federally insured interest-bearing account or may invest funds in appropriate security obligations, as directed by the Board of Directors.

"(C) Any accrued interest or dividends earned on funds received for the Endowment shall be added to the principal and form a part of the Endowment.

"(2) USE OF FUNDS.—

"(A) The National Park Foundation shall use funds deposited in the Endowment for projects and activities approved by the Secretary that further the mission and purposes of the Service.

"(B) Each fiscal year, the National Park Foundation may not expend from the Endowment more than 50 per centum of the funds received or added to the Endowment in that fiscal year in accordance with subparagraph (A).

"(C) No funds received for the Endowment shall be used by the National Park Foundation for administrative expenses of the Foundation, including for salaries, travel and transportation expenses, and other overhead expenses.

"(b) REPORT.—Beginning two years after the enactment of this title, the National Park Foundation shall include, with its annual report, the status of the Endowment established by subsection (a), including—

"(1) a statement of the amounts deposited in the Endowment and the balance remaining in the Endowment at the end of the fiscal year;and

"(2) a description of the sums and purposes of the expenditures made from the Endowment for the fiscal year.".

TITLE VI –NATIONAL PARK SERVICE SECOND CENTURY FUND

SEC. 601. SECOND CENTURY FUND.

(a) IN GENERAL.—Title 54, United States Code, is amended by inserting the following after Chapter 1033:

"Chapter 1035—National Park Service Second Century Fund

"Sec.

"103501.Establishment.

"103502.Lodging and Camping Fees.

"§ 103501.Establishment.

"(a) IN GENERAL.—There is established in the Treasury an account to be known as the National Park Service Second Century Fund. "

(b) DEPOSITS.—All funds collected under section 103502 and section 807(c)(3) of the Federal Lands Recreation Enhancement Act shall be deposited into the Second Century Fund, and shall remain available until expended.

"(c) USE OF FUNDS ---

"(1) Funds deposited into the National Park Service Second Century Fund shall be used for projects or programs approved by the Secretary to further the mission of the Service and to enhance the visitor experience in System units.

"(2) Funds may only be used if matched, on a 1-to-1 basis, by nonfederal donations (including funds, goods or services) to the Service for specified projects or programs.

"§ 103502.Lodging and Camping Fees.

"(a) FEES.—Within a System unit, the Secretary, either directly or through a concessions contract, lease, or similar instrument, may impose a fee in addition to the daily cost of lodging or camping—

"(1) of not more than 5 per centum of the fee charged on each person for each night of lodging in facilities;and

"(2) of not more than 5 per centum of the fee charged on each person for each night of camping in designated campgrounds.

"(b) LIMITATIONS.—No fees may be charged under this section within a System unit for—

"(1) visitors engaged in backcountry camping at undesignated sites;

"(2) employees of the System, including seasonal employees or employees of concessioners, who live in housing provided in the parks due to their employment, and house guests of such employees;

"(3) persons engaged in residential educational and interpretive programs who are lodged in park facilities while participating in these programs;and

"(4) lodging or camping on private property within a System unit.".

(b) CONFORMING AMENDMENT.—Title 54, United States Code, is further amended in the matter before subtitle I by inserting the following after Chapter 1033:

"1035.Second Century Fund…………………………………………………. 103501".

SEC. 602.COMPARABLE PASS COST FOR SENIORS.

The Federal Lands Recreation Enhancement Act (16 U.S.C. 6801, P.L. 108-447, division J, title VIII) is amended—

(1) in section 805(b)(1), by striking "of $10.00" and inserting "equal to the price of the National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass";and

(2) in section 807(c)—

(A) by renumbering paragraph (3) as paragraph (4), and

(B) by inserting a new paragraph (3) as follows:

"(3) DISTRIBUTION OF AGE DISCOUNT FEES FOR NATIONAL PARK SERVICE.—Any amounts above $10.00 that are collected by the National Park Service for the purchase of the lifetime pass by citizens 62 years of age or older shall be deposited in the National Park Service Second Century Fund established in chapter 1035 of title 54, United States Code."

TITLE VII - NATIONAL PARK NEXT GENERATION STEWARDS

SEC. 701. NATIONAL PARK SERVICE INTERPRETATION AND EDUCATION.

(a) IN GENERAL.—Title 54, United States Code, is amended by inserting the following after Chapter 1007:

"Chapter 1008—Education and Interpretation

"Sec.

"100801.Purposes.

"100802.Definitions.

"100803.Interpretation and education authority.

"100804.Interpretation and education evaluation and quality improvement.

"100805.Improved utilization of partners and volunteers in interpretation and education.

"§ 100801.Purposes

"The purposes of this chapter are—

"(1) to more effectively achieve the mission of the Service by providing clear authority and direction for interpretation and education programs that are carried out by the Service under separate authorities;

"(2) to ensure that the public encounters a variety of interpretive and educational opportunities and services in their visits to ourSystem units;

"(3) to recognize the Service provides lifelong learning opportunities and contributes to interdisciplinary learning in traditional and non-traditional educational settings;and

"(4) to provide opportunities for all people to find relevance in the System and to strengthen public understanding of our natural and cultural heritage.

"§ 100802. Definitions

"As used in this chapter:

"(1) INTERPRETATION.—The term "interpretation" means providing opportunities for people to form intellectual and emotional connections to gain awareness, appreciation, and understanding of the resources of the System. "Interpretation" may also refer to the professional career field of Service employees, volunteers, and partners who interpret the resources of the System.

"(2) EDUCATION.—The term "education" means enhancing public awareness, understanding, and appreciation of the resources of the System through learner-centered, place-based materials, programs, and activities that achieve specific learning objectives as identified in a curriculum.

"(3) RELATED AREAS.—The term "related areas" means:

(A)national wild and scenic rivers and national trails;

(B) national heritage areas;and

(C) affiliated areas administered in connection with the System.

"§ 100803.Interpretation and education authority.

"The Secretary shall ensure that management of System units and related areas is enhanced by the availability and utilization of a broad program of the highest quality interpretation and education.

"§ 100804.Interpretation and education evaluation and quality improvement.

"The Secretary may undertake a program of regular evaluation of interpretation and education programs to ensure that they—

"(1) adjust to how people learn and engage with the natural world and shared heritage as embodied in the System;

"(2) reflect different cultural backgrounds, ages, education, gender, abilities, ethnicity, and needs;

"(3) demonstrate innovative approaches to management and appropriately incorporate emerging learning and communications technology;and

"(4) reflect current scientific and academic research, content, methods, and audience analysis.

"§ 100805.Improved utilization of partners and volunteers in interpretation and education.

"The Secretary may—

"(1) coordinate with park partners and volunteers in the delivery of quality programs and services to supplement those provided by the Service as part of a park's Long Range Interpretive Plan;

"(2) support interpretive partners by providing opportunities to participate in interpretive training;and

"(3) collaborate with other federal and non-federal public or private agencies, organizations, or institutions for the purposes of developing, promoting, and making available educational opportunities related to resources of the System and programs.".

(b) CONFORMING AMENDMENT.—Title 54, United States Code, is further amended in the matter before subtitle I by inserting the following between Chapter 1007 and Chapter 1009:

"1008.Education and Interpretation………………………………………….. 100801".

SEC. 702. PUBLIC LAND CORPS AMENDMENTS.

The Public Lands Corps Act of 1993 (Public Law 103-82;16 U.S.C. 1721) is amended—

(1) in section 203(10)(A), by striking "25" and inserting "30";

(2) in section 204(b), by striking "25" and inserting "30";and

(3) in section 207(c)(2), by striking "120 days" and inserting "2 years".

SEC. 703.VOLUNTEERS IN THE PARKS.

Section 102301(d) of title 54, United States Code, is amended by striking "not more than $3,500,000" and inserting "such sums as may be necessary".

TITLE VIII—NATIONAL PARK SERVICE VISITOR SERVICES MANAGEMENT PROGRAM

(a) IN GENERAL.—Title 54, United States Code, is amended by inserting the following after Chapter 1019:

"Chapter 1020—Visitor Services Management Authority

"Sec.

"102001.Establishment of the Visitor Services Management Authority.

"102002.Operating Board.

"102003.Duties of the Director.

"102004.Contract Authority.

"102005.Financial Management.

"102006.Regulations.

"102007.Audits of Records.

"102008.Annual Report.

"§ 102001.Establishment of the Visitor Services Management Authority.

"The Secretary may establish a Visitor Services Management Authority (hereinafter, the "VSMA")that may administer commercial visitor services programs and activities of the Service, as may be designated by the Secretary, including and without limitation, the award and administration of commercial visitor facilities and services management contracts pursuant to section 804.

"§ 102002.Operating Board.

"(a) APPOINTMENT OF OPERATING BOARD.—The VSMA shall have an Operating Board of 7 members appointed by the Secretary as follows:

"(1) The Director of the National Park Service;

"(2) The Chief Financial Officer of the National Park Service;

"(3)The Associate Director for Business Services of the National Park Service;and

"(4) Four other National Park Service federal employees with appropriate training and experience to provide expert guidance to the VSMA.

"(b) TERMS AND VACANCIES.—Each board member appointed under subsection (a)(4) shall serve for a term not to exceed four years.A board member may continue to serve upon the expiration of the term until a successor is appointed.

"(c) DUTIES OF THE OPERATING BOARD.—The Operating Board shall—

"(1) appoint a VSMA Director;

"(2) formulate policies for the programs and activities of the VSMA;

"(3) exercise general supervision over the administration of the VSMA;

"(4) establish bylaws, policies, and procedures as may be necessary for the fulfillment of the duties described in this title;

"(5) review, approve, or disapprove all proposed VSMA contractual and investment programs and actions, and

"(6) take all actions that are necessary and appropriate to carry out the duties described in this title.

"§ 102003.Duties of the Director.

"The Director of the VSMA shall be responsible, subject to the supervision and direction of the Operating Board, for carrying out the programs and activities of the VSMA and for appointing such other VSMA officers and employees as he deems necessary.

"§ 102004.Contract Authority.

"(a)GENERAL AUTHORITY.—The VSMA may award and administer management contracts (and related professional services contracts) for the operation of commercial visitor facilities and visitor services programs in areas of the System. The commercial visitor facilities and visitor services programs management contracts that may be awarded shall be limited to those that are necessary and appropriate for public use and enjoyment of the unit of the System in which they are located and that are consistent, to the highest degree possible, with the preservation and conservation of the resources and values of the unit.

"(b)ADDITIONAL AUTHORITY.—The VSMA may award and administer management contracts and related professional services contracts authorized under this title notwithstanding any other provision of law.

"§ 102005.Financial Management.

"(a) VSMA REVOLVING FUND. –There is established a revolving fund that shall be available without fiscal year limitation for expenses necessary for the management, improvement, enhancement, operation, construction, maintenance of commercial visitor services and facilities and payment of possessory interest and leasehold surrender interest.

"(b) COLLECTION OF FUNDS.—

"(1) Funds collected by the VSMA pursuant to the contracts awarded under this title shall be credited to the revolving fund.

"(2) The Secretary is authorized to transfer to the revolving fund, without reimbursement, any additional funds or revenue deemed appropriate in connection with the functions to be carried out under this title.

"(c) USE OF FUNDS. –The revolving fund shall be available for expenditure by the VSMA in furtherance of the purposes of this title.

"(d) AUTHORIZATION OF APPROPRIATIONS. --- There are authorized to be appropriated to carry out this title such sums as may be necessary.

"§ 102006.Regulations.

"As soon as practicable after the effective date of this title, the VSMA shall promulgate regulations appropriate for its implementation.

"§ 102007.Audits of Records.

"The financial records of the VSMA shall be made available to the Comptroller General and the Inspector General of the Department of the Interior, as requested, for purposes of conducting annual audits and investigations as necessary.

"§ 102008.Annual Report.

"The President's annual budget submission shall include a description of the revenues and expenditures associated with the VSMA.".

(b) CONFORMING AMENDMENT.—Title 54, United States Code, is further amended in the matter before subtitle I by inserting the following between Chapter 1019 and Chapter 1021:

"1020.Visitor Services Management Authority…………………………….. 102001".

TITLE IX—INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY

Chapter 1025 of Title 54, United States Code is amended by adding the following new section—

"§102505.REPRODUCTIONS OF MUSEUM OBJECTS.

"(a)AGREEMENTS FOR REPRODUCTIONS.—With respect to a museum object in which the object itself and the object's intellectual property rights, if any, are under the control of the Secretary, the Secretary may enter into agreements for the creation of reproductions of the object with other Federal agencies, units of state or local governments, for-profit corporations, public and private foundations, non-profit organizations, educational institutions, and individuals.The agreements may include provisions for the collection of fees or royalties.

"(b)TERMS AND CONDITIONS.—Any agreement under subsection (a) shall provide for the protection of the public interest in the museum object and any other terms and conditions that the Secretary deems appropriate.

"(c)RETENTION OF FUNDS.—Any funds collected pursuant to this section shall be retained, until expended and without further appropriation, for use by the System unit, office, or repository where the museum object is held.".

TITLE X—NATIONAL PARK FOUNDATION AUTHORITIES

SEC. 1001.BOARD OF DIRECTORS.

Chapter 1011 of title 54, United States Code, is amended—

(1) in section 101112—

(A) by amending subsection (a) to read as follows:

"(a)MEMBERSHIP.—The National Park Foundation shall consist of a Board having as members no fewer than 6 private citizens of the United States appointed by the Secretary.The Secretary and the Director shall be members of the Board, ex officio.";and

(B) by amending subsection (c) to read as follows:

"(c) CHAIRMAN.—The Chairman shall be elected by the Board from its members for a two-year term.";and

(2) in section 101113 (a), by renumbering paragraph (2) as paragraph (3) and by inserting the following new paragraph:

"(2)COORDINATION WITH SERVICE.—Activities of the National Park Foundation under paragraph (1) shall be undertaken after consultation with the Director to assure they are consistent with the programs and policies of the Service.".

SEC. 1002.AUTHORIZATION OF APPROPRIATIONS.

Chapter 1011 of title 54, United States Code, is further amended by adding after section 101121 the following new section:

"SEC. 101122.AUTHORIZATION OF APPROPRIATIONS.

"(a) IN GENERAL.—There are authorized to be appropriated to carry out this subchapter $25 million for each of fiscal years 2016 through 2026.

"(b) REQUIREMENT OF ADVANCE PAYMENT.—The amount made available for a fiscal year under subsection (a) shall be provided to the National Park Foundation in an advance payment of the entire amount on October 1 of the fiscal year, or as soon as practicable thereafter.

"(c) USE OF APPROPRIATED FUNDS.—Amounts made available under subsection (a) shall be provided to the National Park Foundation for use for matching, on a 1-to-1 basis, contributions (whether in currency, services, or property) made to the Foundation.

"(d) PROHIBITION USE FOR ADMINISTRATIVE EXPENSES.—No Federal funds made available under subsection (a) shall be used by the National Park Foundation for administrative expenses of the Foundation, including for salaries, travel and transportation expenses, and other overhead expenses.

"(e) PROHIBITION USE FOR INVESTMENT.—No Federal funds made available under section (a) shall be put in a fund by the National Park Foundation that will be invested or earn interest in any way.".