PUBLIC LAW 100-440—SEPT. 22, 1988
102 STAT. 1749
to the extent that the Administrator of General Services or his designee shall determine that a satisfactory quality and sufficient quantity of stainless steel flatware produced in the United States or its possessions, cannot be procured as and when needed from sources in the United States or its possessions or except in accordance with procedures provided by section 6-104.4(b) of Armed Services Procurement Regulations, dated January 1, 1969. This section shall be applicable to all solicitations for bids issued after its enactment. SEC. 520. None of the funds appropriated by this Act may be used to solicit bids, lease space, or enter into any contract to close or consolidate executive seminar centers for the Office of Personnel Management. SEC. 521. Not later than October 1, 1989, of the amounts obtained from the sale, transfer, or disposition of silver from the National Defense Stockpile, not less than $1,000,000 shall be obligated for a pilot project to upgrade cobalt deposited in the National Defense Stockpile to the highest purity levels required for critical military applications. The funds used in this section for upgrading shall not exceed $2,000,000. SEC. 522. The Administrator of General Services, under section 210(h) of the Federal Property and Administrative Services Act of 1949, as amended, may acquire, by means of a lease of up to thirty years duration, space for the United States Courts in Tacoma, Washington, at the site of Union Station, Tacoma, Washington. SEC. 523. Funds under this Act shall be available as authorized by sections 4501-4506 of title 5, United States Code, when the achievement involved is certified, or when an award for such achievement is otherwise payable, in accordance with such sections. Such funds may not be used for any purpose with respect to which the preceding sentence relates beyond fiscal year 1989. SEC. 524. (a) Notwithstanding any other provision of law, during fiscal year 1989, the authority to establish higher rates of pay under section 5303 of title 5, United States Code, may— (1) in addition to positions paid under any of the pay systems referred to in subsection (a) of section 5303 of title 5, United States Code, be exercised with respect to positions paid under any other pay system established by or under Federal statute for positions within the executive branch of the Government; and (2) in addition to the circumstance described in the first sentence of subsection (a) of section 5303 of title 5, United States Code, be exercised based on— (A) pay rates for the positions involved being generally less than the rates payable for similar positions held— (i) by individuals outside the Government; or (ii) by other individuals within the executive branch of the Government; (B) the remoteness of the area or location involved; (C) the undesirability of the working conditions or the nature of the work involved, including exposure to toxic substances or other occupational hazards; or (D) any other circumstances which the President (or an agency duly authorized or designated by the President in accordance with the last sentence of section 5303(a) of title 5, United States Code, for purposes of this subparagraph) may identify.
Wages. Government organization and employees.
Hazardous materials. Safety.