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PUBLIC LAW 105-393 —NOV. 13, 1998 112 STAT. 3613 of title 5, United States Code, for persons employed intermittently in the Federal Government service; "(11) establish performance measures for grants and other assistance provided under this Act, and use the performance measures to evaluate the economic impact of economic development assistance programs under this Act, which establishment and use of performance measures shall be provided by the Secretary through— "(A) officers or employees of the Department; "(B) the employment of persons under contracts entered into for such purposes; or "(C) grants to persons, using funds made available to carry out this Act; "(12) conduct environmental reviews and incur necesfeary expenses to evaluate and monitor the environmental impact of economic development assistance provided and proposed to be provided under this Act, including expenses associated with the representation and defense of the actions of the Secretary relating to the environmental impact of the assistance, using any funds made available to carry out section 207; "(13) sue and be sued in any court of record of a State having general jurisdiction or in any United States district court, except that no attachment, injunction, garnishment, or other similar process, mesne or final, shall be issued against the Secretary or the property of the Secretary; and "(14) establish such rules, regulations, and procedures as the Secretary considers appropriate for carrying out this Act. "(b) DEFICIENCY JUDGMENTS. —The authority under subsection (a)(7) to pursue claims shall include the authority to obtain deficiency judgments or otherwise pursue claims relating to mortgages assigned to the Secretary. " (c) INAPPLICABILITY OF CERTAIN OTHER REQUIREMENTS.—Section 3709 of the Revised Statutes (41 U.S.C. 5) shall not apply to any contract of hazard insurance or to any purchase or contract for services or supplies on account of property obtained by the Secretary as a result of assistance provided under this Act if the premium for the insurance or the amount of the services or supplies does not exceed $1,000. "(d) PROPERTY INTERESTS.— "(1) IN GENERAL.— The powers of the Secretary under this section, relating to property acquired by the Secretary in connection with assistance provided under this Act, shall extend to property interests of the Secretary relating to projects approved under— "(A) this Act* "(B) title I of the Public Works Employment Act of 1976 (42 U.S.C. 6701 et seq.); "(C) title II of the Trade Act of 1974 (19 U.S.C. 2251 et seq.); and "(D) the Community Emergency Drought Relief Act of 1977 (42 U.S.C. 5184 note; Public Law 95-31). "(2) RELEASE.— The Secretary may release, in whole or in part, any real property interest, or tangible personal property interest, in connection with a grant after the date that is 20 years after the date on which the grant was awarded. "(e) POWERS OF CONVEYANCE AND EXECUTION. — The power to convey and to execute, in the name of the Secretary, deeds of