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105 STAT. 230 PUBLIC LAW 102-40—MAY 7, 1991 ist services at Department facilities. Such services may include the services of physicians, dentists, podiatrists, optometrists, nurses, physicism assistants, expanded-function dental auxiliaries, technicians, and other medical support personnel. "0)) Institutions and persons with whom the Secretary may enter into contracts under subsection (a) are the following: "(1) Schools and colleges of medicine, osteopathy, dentistry, podiatry, optometry, and nursing. " (2) Clinics. "(3) Any other group or individual capable of furnishing such scarce medical specialist services.". (3) Subchapter II of such chapter (as added by section 202) is amended— (A) by adding at the end of section 7423 the following new subsection: "(e)(l) The Secretary shall establish a leave transfer program for the benefit of health-care professionals in positions listed in section 7401(1) of this title. The Secretary may also establish a leave bank program for the benefit of such health-care professionals. "(2) To the maximum extent feasible— "(A) the leave transfer program shall provide the same or similar requirements and conditions as are provided for the progreim established by the Director of the Office of Personnel Management under subchapter III of chapter 63 of title 5; and "(B) any leave bank program established pursuant to paragraph (1) shall be consistent with the requirements and conditions provided for agency leave bank programs in subchapter IV of such chapter. "(3) Participation by a health-care professional in the leave transfer program established pursuant to paragraph (1), and in any leave bank program established pursuant to such paragraph, shall be voluntary. The Secretary may not require any health-care professional to participate in such a program. "(4)(A) The Secretary and the Director of the Office of Personnel Management may enter into an agreement that permits health-care professionals referred to in paragraph (1) to participate in the leave transfer program established by the Director of the Office of Personnel Management under subchapter III of chapter 63 of title 5 or in any leave bank program established for other employees of the Department pursuant to subchapter IV of chapter 63 of title 5, or both. "(B) Participation of such health-care professionals in a leave transfer program or a leave bank program pursuant to an agreement entered into under subparagraph (A) shall be subject to such requirements and conditions as may be prescribed in such agreement. "(5) The Secretary is not required to establish a leave transfer program for any personnel permitted to participate in a leave transfer program pursuant to an agreement referred to in paragraph (4).; and (B) by adding at the end the following new sections: "§ 7424. Travel expenses of certain employees "(a) The Secretary may pay the expenses (other than membership fees) of persons described in sections 7306 and 7401(1) of this title (including persons in positions described in section 7401(1) of this title who are appointed on a temporary full-time basis or a part-time