PUBLIC LAW 98-371—JULY 18, 1984
RESEARCH AND PROGRAM MANAGEMENT
For necessary expenses of research in government laboratories, management of programs and other activities of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, not otherwise provided for, including uniforms or allowances therefor, as authorized by law (5 U.S.C. 5901-5902); awards; lease, hire, maintenance and operation of administrative aircraft; purchase (not to exceed thirty for replacement only) and hire of passenger motor vehicles; and maintenance and repair of real and personal property, and not in excess of $100,000 per project for construction of new facilities and additions to existing facilities, repairs, and rehabilitation and modification of facilities; $1,317,000,000: Provided, That contracts may be entered into under this appropriation for maintenance and operation of facilities, and for other services, to be provided during the next fiscal year: Provided further, That not to exceed $35,000 of the foregoing amount shall be available for scientific consultations or extraordinary expense, to be expended upon the approval or authority of the Administrator and his determination shall be final and conclusive: Provided further, That the National Aeronautics and Space Administration may test a flat rate per diem system for employee travel allowances under regulations prescribed by the Administrator: Provided further, That the rates will be consistent with those authorized by the Administrator of the General Services Administration: Provided further. That per diem allowances paid employees under a flat rate per diem system shall be amounts determined by the Administrator of NASA to be sufficient to meet normal and necessary expenses in the area in which travel is performed, but in no event will the travel allowances exceed $75 for each day in travel status within the continental United States, unless the statutory maximum rate of $75 per day is increased by the Congress and implemented by the Administrator of the General Services Administration: Provided further. That the test approved under this section shall expire on September 30, 1985, or upon the effective date of permanent legislation establishing a flat rate per diem system for civilian personnel, whichever occurs first: Provided further. That the Administrator shall establish an Advanced Technology Advisory Committee in conjunction with NASA's Space Station program and that the Committee shall prepare a report by April 1, 1985, identifying specific space station systems which advance automation and robotic technologies, not in use in existing spacecraft, and that the development of such systems shall be estimated to cost no less than 10 per centum of the total Space Station costs.
The National Aeronautics and Space Administration has authority, notwithstanding any other provision of law, to take such actions as the Administrator deems necessary to provide to the National Science Foundation, on a fully reimbursable basis. Class VI Computers, otherwise acquired for service at NASA installations under authorized acquisition procedures, with accompanying peripheral equipment, as requested by the Foundation: Provided, That the National Science Foundation is authorized to receive from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Class VI Computers, with such accompanying peripheral equipment as NASA makes available, and, upon receipt, to sell said computer and peripheral