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106 STAT. 4978 PUBLIC LAW 102-585—NOV. 4, 1992 retrieval of information that is potentially relevant to the scientific study of the intermediate and long-term health consequences of military service in the Persian Gulf theater of operations during the Persian GulfWar; and (B) would be useful for scientific study regarding such health consequences; (4) the adequacy of any plans to update each of the registries; (5) the extent to which the Department of Defense or the Department of Veterans Affairs, as the case may be, is assembling and maintaining information on the Persian Gulf theater of operations (includling information on troop locations and atmospneric and weather conditions) in a manner that facilitates the usefulness of, maintenance of, and retrieval of information from, the applicable registry; and (6) the adequacy and compatibihty of protocols for the health examinations and counseling provided under section 703 and health examinations provided by the Department of Defense to members of the Anned Forces for the purpose of assessing the health status of members of the Armed Forces who served in the Persian Gulf theater of operations during the Persian Gulf War. (b) ACCESS TO INFORMATION. —The Secretary ofVeterans Affairs and the Secretary of Defense shall provide the Director with access to such records and information under the jurisdiction of each such secretary as the Director determines necessary to permit the Director to carry out the study required under this section. (c) REPORTS.— The Director shall— (1) not later than 270 days after the date of the enactment of this Act, submit to Congress a report on the results of the assessment carried out under this section of the Persian Gulf Registry and health-examination protocols; and (2) not later than 15 months after such date, submit to Congress a report on the results of the assessment carried out under this section of the Persian Gulf War Veterans Health Registry. ) (d) DEFiNmONS.— For the purposes of this section: (1) The term Tersian Gulf Registry" means the registry established under section 734 of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Years 1992 and 1993 (Public Law 102-190; 105 Stat. 1411; 10 U.S.C. 1074 note), as amended (2) The term Tersian Gulf War Veterans Health Registrv" means the Persian Gulf War Veterans Health Registry established under section 702. SEC. 706. AGREEMENT WITH NATIONAL ACADEMY OF SCIENCES FOR REVIEW OF HEALTH CONSEQUENCES OF SERVICE DURING THE PERSIAN GULF WAR. (a) AGREEMENT. —<1) The Secretary of Veterans Affairs and Secretary of Defense jointly shall seek to enter into an agreement with the National ^ademy of Sciences for the Medical Follow- Up Agency (MFUA) of the Institute of Medicine of the Academy to review existing scientific, medical, and other information on the health consequences of military service in the Persian Gulf theater of operations during the Persian Gulf War.