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TITLE VIII--ACQUISITION POLICY, ACQUISITION MANAGEMENT, AND RELATED MATTERS

Subtitle FOther Matters

P. L. 112-81

House Conference Report 112-329

SEC. 863. SENSE OF CONGRESS AND REPORT ON AUTHORITIES AVAILABLE TO THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE FOR MULTIYEAR CONTRACTS FOR THE PURCHASE OF ALTERNATIVE FUELS.

    (a) Findings- Congress makes the following findings:

      (1) The procurement of alternative fuels by the Department of Defense through the use of long-term contracts can provide stability for industry, which could attract investment needed to develop alternative fuel sources.

      (2) In appropriate circumstances, and with appropriate protections, the use of long-term contracts for alternative fuels can be in the best interest of the Department if the costs of these contracts are competitive with other fuel contracts.

      (3) The Department has asked for the authority to enter into long-term contracts for alternative fuels.

    (b) Sense of Congress- It is the sense of Congress that the Department of Defense should continue to pursue long-term contracting authority for alternative fuels, as well as traditional fuels, if the contracts will satisfy military requirements and result in equal or less cost to the Department over their duration.

    (c) Report- Not later than 120 days after the date of the enactment of this Act, the Secretary of Defense shall submit to the congressional defense committees a report on the authorities currently available to the Department of Defense for multiyear contracts for the purchase of alternative fuels, including advanced biofuels. The report shall include a description of such additional authorities, if any, as the Secretary considers appropriate to authorize the Department to enter into contracts for the purchase of alternative fuels, including advanced biofuels, of sufficient length to reduce the impact to the Department of future price or supply shocks in the petroleum market, to benefit taxpayers, and to reduce United States dependence on foreign oil.

Sense of Congress and report on authorities available to the Department of Defense for multiyear contracts for the purchase of alternative fuels (sec. 863)

The House bill contained a provision (sec. 848) that would express the sense of Congress on the desirability of long-term contracting for alternative fuels.

The Senate amendment contained a provision (sec. 849) that would require the Secretary of Defense to report to Congress on available authorities for such long-term contracting.

The Senate recedes with an amendment combining the two provisions.

H. Rpt 112-88 (pdf) to accompany H. Resolution 276

Possible from Number 74 of Rep. Akins.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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