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Legislating in Opposite Directions

Excerpts from Public Law 106-113, Subtitle G, Section 4712

  SEC. 4712. POWERS AND DUTIES. 

Section 2 of title 35, United States Code, is amended to read as follows:  

"Sec. 2. Powers and duties "(a) In General.--The United States Patent and Trademark Office, subject to the policy direction of the Secretary of Commerce--  

(3) may acquire, construct, purchase, lease, hold, manage, operate, improve, alter, and renovate any real, personal, or mixed property, or any interest therein, as it considers necessary to carry out its functions; 

(4)(A) may make such purchases, contracts for the construction, maintenance, or management and operation of facilities, and contracts for supplies or services, without regard to the provisions of the Federal Property and Administrative Services Act of 1949 (40 U.S.C. 471 et seq.), the Public Buildings Act (40 U.S.C. 601 et seq.), and the Stewart B. McKinney Homeless Assistance Act (42 U.S.C. 11301 et seq.); and 

(B) may enter into and perform such purchases and contracts for printing services, including the process of composition, platemaking, presswork, silk screen processes, binding, microform, and the products of such processes, as it considers necessary to carry out the functions of the Office, without regard to sections 501 through 517 and 1101 through 1123 of title 44, United States Code.

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