PUBLIC LAW 104-204—SEPT. 26, 1996 110 STAT. 2877 property acquisition and disposition, construction and renovation of any facility under the jurisdiction or for the use of the Department; oversight, engineering and architectural activities not charged to project cost; repairing, altering, improving or providing facilities in the several hospitals and homes under the jurisdiction of the Department, not otherwise provided for, either by contract or by the hire of temporary employees and purchase of materials; uniforms or allowances therefor, as authorized by 5 U.S.C. 5901- 5902; aid to State homes as authorized by 38 U.S.C. 1741; and not to exceed $8,000,000 to fund cost comparison studies as referred to in 38 U.S.C. 8110(a)(5); $17,008,447,000, plus reimbursements: Provided, That of the funds made available under this heading, $700,000,000 is for the equipment and land and structures object classifications only, which Eimount shall not become available for obligation until August 1, 1997, and shall remain available until September 30, 1998. MEDICAL AND PROSTHETIC RESEARCH For necessary expenses in carrying out programs of medical and prosthetic research and development as authorized by 38 U.S.C. chapter 73, to remain available until September 30, 1998, $262,000,000, plus reimbursements. MEDICAL ADMINISTRATION AND MISCELLANEOUS OPERATING EXPENSES For necessary expenses in the administration of medical, hospital, nursing home, domiciliary, construction, supply, and research activities, as authorized by law; administrative expenses in support of planning, design, project management, architectural, engineering, real property acquisition and disposition, construction and renovation of any facility under the jurisdiction or for the use of the Department of Veterans Affairs, including site acquisition; engineering and architectural activities not charged to project cost; and research and development in building construction technology; $61,207,000, plus reimbursements. TRANSITIONAL HOUSING LOAN PROGRAM (INCLUDING TRANSFER OF FUNDS) For the cost of direct loans, $7,000, as authorized by Public Law 102-54, section 8, which shall be transferred from the "General post fund": Provided, That such costs, including the cost of modify- ing such loans, shall be as defined in section 502 of the Congressional Budget Act of 1974, as amended: Provided further. That these funds are available to subsidize gross obligations for the principal amount of direct loans not to exceed $70,000. In addition, for administrative expenses to carry out the direct loan program, $54,000, which shall be transferred from the "General post fund", as authorized by Public Law 102-54, section 8.