[House Document 107-213]
[From the U.S. Government Publishing Office]



107th Congress, 2d Session - - - - - - - - - - - House Document 107-213 


 
    INTENTION TO REALLOCATE FUNDS PREVIOUSLY TRANSFERRED FROM THE 
                        EMERGENCY RESPONSE FUND

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                             COMMUNICATION

                                  from

                   THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES

                              transmitting

     NOTIFICATION OF THE INTENTION TO REALLOCATE FUNDS PREVIOUSLY 
              TRANSFERRED FROM THE EMERGENCY RESPONSE FUND




May 16, 2002.--Referred to the Committee on Appropriations and ordered 
                             to be printed

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                    U.S. GOVERNMENT PRINTING OFFICE
99-012                     WASHINGTON : 2002

                                           The White House,
                                          Washington, May 15, 2002.
Hon. J. Dennis Hastert,
Speaker of the House of Representatives,
Washington, DC.
    Dear Mr. Speaker: In furtherance of the provisions of 
Public Law 107-38, the Emergency Supplemental Appropriations 
Act for Recovery from and Response to Terrorist Attacks on the 
United States, FY 2001, today I am notifying the Congress of my 
intent to reallocate funds previously transferred from the 
Emergency Response Fund.
    This reallocation within the United States Postal Service 
reflects revised requirements related to the anthrax incidents 
that affected the Nation's mail. As provided in Public Law 107-
38, the reallocation would be effective 15 days from the date 
of this transmittal.
    The details of this action are set forth in the enclosed 
letter from the Director of the Office of Management and 
Budget. I concur with his comments and observations.
            Sincerely,
                                                    George W. Bush.
    Enclosure.
                [Estimate No. 8, 107th Cong., 2d Sess.]

                 Executive Office of the President,
                           Office of Management and Budget,
                                      Washington, DC, May 15, 2002.
The President,
The White House.
    Submitted for your consideration is a request to revise the 
allocation of certain funds provided in P.L. 107-38, the 
Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Act for Recovery from and 
Response to Terrorist Attacks on the United States, FY 2001. 
This request would reallocate funds previously transferred from 
the Emergency Response Fund (ERF) to the United States Postal 
Service (USPS).
    The Administration now proposes that the USPS reallocate, 
within the same account, a portion of the emergency funds it 
received from the ERF. On November 5, 2001, you transferred 
$175 million to the USPS, of which $100 million was for 
irradiation equipment purchases and $75 million was for the 
costs of personnel protection equipment (e.g., gloves and 
masks), first response/environmental testing kits and services, 
site clean-up and medical goods and services, and public 
education material. The current proposal would provide the USPS 
with greater flexibility by eliminating the two distinct 
funding categories. The proposal would enable the USPS to spend 
the remaining unobligated portion of emergency funding on 
either purpose as circumstances dictate. This proposal 
recognizes the Postal Service's experience in responding to the 
anthrax incidents and is consistent with its Emergency 
Preparedness Plan of March 6, 2002. This reallocation would be 
effective 15 days after the transmittal of this request.
    I have carefully reviewed this proposal and am satisfied 
that it is necessary at this time. Therefore, I join the 
Postmaster General in recommending your approval of the 
requested reallocation.
            Sincerely,
                                Mitchell E. Daniels, Jr., Director.
    Enclosure.

 Reallocation of Amounts Previously Appropriated and Transferred From 
                      the Emergency Response Fund

united states postal service (usps), payment to the Postal Service Fund

    On November 5, 2001, the President transferred $175 million 
to the USPS from the Emergency Response Fund to be used for the 
following purposes: $100 million for irradiation equipment 
purchases and $75 million for the costs of personnel protection 
equipment (e.g., gloves and masks), first response/
environmental testing kits and services, site clean-up and 
medical goods and services, and public education material. The 
President has now reallocated the funds within the same account 
to provide the USPS with greater flexibility in its efforts to 
respond to the attacks by eliminating the two distinct funding 
categories. The USPS will now be able to spend the remaining 
unobligated portion of emergency funding on either purpose as 
circumstances dictate. The reallocation would be effective 15 
days from the date of this transmittal.