54 U.S. Code § 200303 - Availability of funds

(a) In General.—
Any amounts deposited in the Fund under section 200302 for fiscal year 2020 and each fiscal year thereafter shall be made available for expenditure for fiscal year 2021 and each fiscal year thereafter, without further appropriation or fiscal year limitation, to carry out the purposes of the Fund (including accounts and programs made available from the Fund pursuant to the Further Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2020 (Public Law 116–94; 133 Stat. 2534)).
(b) Additional Amounts.—
Amounts made available under subsection (a) shall be in addition to amounts made available to the Fund under section 105 of the Gulf of Mexico Energy Security Act of 2006 (43 U.S.C. 1331 note; Public Law 109–432) or otherwise appropriated from the Fund.
(c) Allocation Authority.—
(1) Submission of cost estimates.—The President shall submit to Congress detailed account, program, and project allocations of the full amount made available under subsection (a)—
(A)
for fiscal year 2021, not later than 90 days after the date of enactment of the Great American Outdoors Act; and
(B)
for each fiscal year thereafter, as part of the annual budget submission of the President.
(2) Alternate allocation.—
(A) In general.—
Appropriations Acts may provide for alternate allocation of amounts made available under subsection (a), including allocations by account, program, and project.
(B) Allocation by president.—
(i) No alternate allocations.—
If Congress has not enacted legislation establishing alternate allocations by the date on which the Act making full-year appropriations for the Department of the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies for the applicable fiscal year is enacted into law, amounts made available under subsection (a) shall be allocated by the President.
(ii) Insufficient alternate allocation.—
If Congress enacts legislation establishing alternate allocations for amounts made available under subsection (a) that are less than the full amount appropriated under that subsection, the difference between the amount appropriated and the alternate allocation shall be allocated by the President.
(3) Recreational public access.—
Amounts expended from the Fund under this section shall be consistent with the requirements for recreational public access for hunting, fishing, recreational shooting, or other outdoor recreational purposes under section 200306(c).
(4) Annual report.—
The President shall submit to Congress an annual report that describes the final allocation by account, program, and project of amounts made available under subsection (a), including a description of the status of obligations and expenditures.

Historical and Revision Notes

Revised

Section

Source (U.S. Code)

Source (Statutes at Large)

200303

16 U.S.C. 460l–6.

Pub. L. 88–578, title I, § 3, Sept. 3, 1964, 78 Stat. 899; Pub. L. 100–203, title V, § 5201(f)(2), Dec. 22, 1987, 101 Stat. 1330–267.

The words “or from the special account established under section 460l–6a(i)(1) of this title” are omitted as obsolete.

Editorial Notes
References in Text

The Further Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2020, referred to in subsec. (a), is Pub. L. 116–94, Dec. 20, 2019, 133 Stat. 2534. For complete classification of this Act to the Code, see Tables.

Section 105 of the Gulf of Mexico Energy Security Act of 2006, referred to in subsec. (b), is section 105 of title I of div. C of Pub. L. 109–432, which is set out in a note under section 1331 of Title 43, Public Lands.

The date of enactment of the Great American Outdoors Act, referred to in subsec. (c)(1)(A), is the date of enactment of Pub. L. 116–152, which was approved Aug. 4, 2020.

Amendments

2020—Pub. L. 116–152 amended section generally. Prior to amendment, text read as follows: “Amounts deposited in the Fund shall be available for expenditure for the purposes of this chapter only when appropriated for those purposes. The appropriations may be made without fiscal-year limitation. Amounts made available for obligation or expenditure from the Fund may be obligated or expended only as provided in this chapter.”

Statutory Notes and Related Subsidiaries
Allocation of Funds

Pub. L. 117–103, div. G, title IV, § 431(a)–(c), Mar. 15, 2022, 136 Stat. 416, 417, provided that:

“(a)
(1)
Within 45 days of enactment of this Act [Mar. 15, 2022], the Secretary of the Interior shall allocate amounts made available from the National Parks and Public Land Legacy Restoration Fund for fiscal year 2022 pursuant to subsection (c) of section 200402 of title 54, United States Code, and as provided in subsection (e) of such section of such title, to the agencies of the Department of the Interior and the Department of Agriculture specified, in the amounts specified, for the stations and unit names specified, and for the projects and activities specified in the table titled ‘Allocation of Funds: National Parks and Public Land Legacy Restoration Fund Fiscal Year 2022’ in the explanatory statement described in section 4 (in the matter preceding division A of this consolidated Act) [136 Stat. 51].
“(2)
Within 45 days of enactment of this Act, the Secretary of the Interior and the Secretary of Agriculture, as appropriate, shall allocate amounts made available for expenditure from the Land and Water Conservation Fund for fiscal year 2022 pursuant to subsection (a) of section 200303 of title 54, United States Code, to the agencies and accounts specified, in the amounts specified, and for the projects and activities specified in the table titled ‘Allocation of Funds: Land and Water Conservation Fund Fiscal Year 2022’ in the explanatory statement described in section 4 (in the matter preceding division A of this consolidated Act).
“(b)
Except as otherwise provided by subsection (c) of this section, neither the President nor his designee may allocate any amounts that are made available for any fiscal year under subsection (c) of section 200402 of title 54, United States Code, or subsection (a) of section 200303 of title 54, United States Code, other than in amounts and for projects and activities that are allocated by subsections (a)(1) and (a)(2) of this section: Provided, That in any fiscal year, the matter preceding this proviso shall not apply to the allocation of amounts for continuing administration of programs allocated funds from the National Parks and Public Land Legacy Restoration Fund or the Land and Water Conservation Fund, which may be allocated only in amounts that are no more than the allocation for such purposes in subsections (a)(1) and (a)(2) of this section.
“(c) The Secretary of the Interior and the Secretary of Agriculture may reallocate amounts from each agency’s ‘Contingency Fund’ line in the table titled ‘Allocation of Funds: National Parks and Public Land Legacy Restoration Fund Fiscal Year 2022’ to any project funded by the National Parks and Public Land Legacy Restoration Fund within the same agency, from any fiscal year, that experienced a funding deficiency due to unforeseen cost overruns, in accordance with the following requirements:
“(1)
‘Contingency Fund’ amounts may only be reallocated if there is a risk to project completion resulting from unforeseen cost overruns;
“(2)
‘Contingency Fund’ amounts may only be reallocated for cost of adjustments and changes within the original scope of effort for projects funded by the National Parks and Public Land Legacy Restoration Fund; and
“(3) The Secretary of the Interior or the Secretary of Agriculture must provide written notification to the Committees on Appropriations 30 days before taking any actions authorized by this subsection if the amount reallocated from the ‘Contingency Fund’ line for a project is projected to be 10 percent or greater than the following, as applicable:
“(A)
The amount allocated to that project in the table titled ‘Allocation of Funds: National Parks and Public Land Legacy Restoration Fund Fiscal Year 2022’ in the explanatory statement described in section 4 (in the matter preceding division A of this consolidated Act) [136 Stat. 51]; or
“(B)
The initial estimate in the most recent report submitted, prior to enactment of this Act, to the Committees on Appropriations pursuant to section 434(e) of Division G of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021 (Public Law 116-260) [134 Stat. 1545].”
Executive Documents
Delegation of Authority for Fiscal Year 2021 Cost Estimates and Annual Reports to the Congress for the Land and Water Conservation Fund

Memorandum of President of the United States, Nov. 9, 2020, 85 F.R. 72889, provided:

Memorandum for the Secretary of the Interior [and] the Secretary of Agriculture

By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, including section 301 of title 3, United States Code, it is hereby ordered as follows:

Section 1. The Secretary of the Interior and the Secretary of Agriculture are hereby authorized to submit, for their respective agencies:

(a) the cost estimates to the Congress required by 54 U.S.C. 200303(c)(1)(A), as amended by section 3(a) of the Great American Outdoors Act (Public Law 116–152) (the “Act”); and

(b) annually, the report to the Congress required by 54 U.S.C. 200303(c)(4), as amended by section 3(a) of the Act.

Sec. 2. (a) Nothing in this memorandum shall be construed to impair or otherwise affect:

(i) the authority granted by law to an executive department or agency, or the head thereof; or

(ii) the functions of the Director of the Office of Management and Budget relating to budgetary, administrative, or legislative proposals.

(b) This memorandum shall be implemented consistent with applicable law and subject to the availability of appropriations.

(c) This memorandum is not intended to, and does not, create any right or benefit, substantive or procedural, enforceable at law or in equity by any party against the United States, its departments, agencies, or entities, its officers, employees, or agents, or any other person.

(d) The Secretary of the Interior is authorized and directed to publish this memorandum in the Federal Register.

Donald J. Trump.

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