[House Report 108-512]
[From the U.S. Government Publishing Office]

108th Congress                                                   Report
                        HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
 2d Session                                                     108-512



  May 20, 2004.--Committed to the Committee of the Whole House on the 
              State of the Union and ordered to be printed


  Mr. Pombo, from the Committee on Resources, submitted the following

                              R E P O R T

                        [To accompany H.R. 3874]

      [Including cost estimate of the Congressional Budget Office]

  The Committee on Resources, to whom was referred the bill 
(H.R. 3874) to convey for public purposes certain Federal lands 
in Riverside County, California, that have been identified for 
disposal, having considered the same, report favorably thereon 
with an amendment and recommend that the bill as amended do 
  The amendment is as follows:
  Strike all after the enacting clause and insert the 

                    COUNTY, CALIFORNIA.

  (a) In General.--
          (1) Conveyance.--The Secretary of the Interior shall convey, 
        without consideration and subject to valid existing rights, to 
        S.V.D.P. Management Inc-DBA Father Joe's Villages (referred to 
        in this section as the ``Villages''), all right, title, and 
        interest of the United States in and to the parcel described in 
        paragraph (2) for use by the Villages for the purposes 
        described in subsection (b).
          (2)  parcel.--The parcel referred to in paragraph (1) is the 
        parcel of land identified for disposal and consisting of 
        approximately 44 acres under the jurisdiction of the Bureau of 
        Land Management, as generally depicted on the map entitled 
        ``H.R. 3874 Coachella Valley Land Transfer'' and dated March 5, 
  (b) Purposes of Conveyance.--The purposes of the conveyance under 
section (a) are to provide a homeless shelter, a training center, and 
affordable housing.
  (c) Reverter.--If the Villages or any subsequent owner of the land 
transferred under this section uses that land for purposes other than 
those described in subsection (b), all right, title, and interest to 
the land (and any improvements thereon) shall revert to the United 
States to be administered by the Bureau of Land Management if the 
Secretary of the Interior determines that such a reversion is in the 
best interests of the United States.

                          PURPOSE OF THE BILL

    The purpose of H.R. 3874 is to convey for public purposes 
certain federal lands in Riverside County, California, that 
have been identified for disposal.


    Father Joe's Villages, a nonprofit organization whose 
mission ``is to help people in need from all over America turn 
their lives around and regain independence,'' operates seven 
``villages'' in the southwest including Martha's Village and 
Kitchen that serves the greater Coachella Valley--Indio, Indian 
Wells and Palm Springs--in California. Today, Martha's Village 
and Kitchen offers 120 beds of transitional housing, a primary 
care medical clinic, case management, career and education 
services and emergency assistance, not to mention 700 meals a 
day/250,000 meals every year. In addition, the Village operates 
a retail store that distributes clothing and furniture to 
families in need as well as canned goods and food packages to 
the poor three times a week.
    Today, Palm Springs has one year-around 30-day emergency 
shelter, Nightengale Manor, which houses families for up to 30 
days and has a capacity of 45 people. Meanwhile, no facility 
exists for single homeless adults in Palm Springs. According to 
Father Joe's Villages, the land identified by the Bureau of 
Land Management as excess to its needs would greatly assist the 
Village in meeting the comprehensive needs of the growing 
homeless population in the Coachella Valley. H.R. 3874 will 
convey this 44-acre parcel to Father Joe's Villages. The 
Secretary of the Interior may reclaim any or part of the parcel 
if it is not used for a homeless shelter, training center or 
affordable housing.

                            COMMITTEE ACTION

    H.R. 3874 was introduced on March 2, 2004, by Congresswoman 
Mary Bono (R-CA). The bill was referred to the Committee on 
Resources and within the Committee to the Subcommittee on 
National Parks, Recreation and Public Lands. On March 25, 2004, 
the Subcommittee held a hearing on the bill. On April 22, 2004, 
the Subcommittee met to mark up the bill. No amendments were 
offered and the bill was ordered favorably reported to the Full 
Committee by unanimous consent. On May 5, 2004, the Full 
Resources Committee met to consider the bill. Congressman 
George Radanovich (R-CA) offered an amendment in the nature of 
a substitute that added a map name and date to the bill and 
modified the reverter language to reflect changes recommended 
by the Administration. It was adopted by unanimous consent. The 
bill as amended was then ordered favorably reported to the 
House of Representatives by unanimous consent.


    Regarding clause 2(b)(1) of rule X and clause 3(c)(1) of 
rule XIII of the Rules of the House of Representatives, the 
Committee on Resources' oversight findings and recommendations 
are reflected in the body of this report.


    Article I, section 8 and Article IV, section 3 of the 
Constitution of the United States grants Congress the authority 
to enact this bill.


    1. Cost of Legislation. Clause 3(d)(2) of rule XIII of the 
Rules of the House of Representatives requires an estimate and 
a comparison by the Committee of the costs which would be 
incurred in carrying out this bill. However, clause 3(d)(3)(B) 
of that rule provides that this requirement does not apply when 
the Committee has included in its report a timely submitted 
cost estimate of the bill prepared by the Director of the 
Congressional Budget Office under section 402 of the 
Congressional Budget Act of 1974.
    2. Congressional Budget Act. As required by clause 3(c)(2) 
of rule XIII of the Rules of the House of Representatives and 
section 308(a) of the Congressional Budget Act of 1974, this 
bill does not contain any new budget authority, spending 
authority, credit authority, or an increase or decrease in 
revenues or tax expenditures.
    3. General Performance Goals and Objectives. This bill does 
not authorize funding and therefore, clause 3(c)(4) of rule 
XIII of the Rules of the House of Representatives does not 
    4. Congressional Budget Office Cost Estimate. Under clause 
3(c)(3) of rule XIII of the Rules of the House of 
Representatives and section 403 of the Congressional Budget Act 
of 1974, the Committee has received the following cost estimate 
for this bill from the Director of the Congressional Budget 

                                     U.S. Congress,
                               Congressional Budget Office,
                                      Washington, DC, May 19, 2004.
Hon. Richard W. Pombo,
Chairman, Committee on Resources,
House of Representatives, Washington, DC.
    Dear Mr. Chairman: The Congressional Budget Office has 
prepared the enclosed cost estimate for H.R. 3874, a bill to 
convey for public purposes certain federal lands in Riverside 
County, California, that have been identified for disposal.
    If you wish further details on this estimate, we will be 
pleased to provide them. The CBO staff contact is Megan 
                                         Elizabeth Robinson
                               (For Douglas Holtz-Eakin, Director).

H.R. 3874--A bill to convey for public purposes certain federal lands 
        in Riverside County, California, that have been identified for 

    H.R. 3874 would convey 44 acres of federal lands in 
Riverside County, California, to a private nonprofit 
organization for no consideration. The organization would use 
those lands to provide shelter, training, and other assistance 
to homeless individuals.
    CBO estimates that enacting H.R. 3874 would not 
significantly affect the federal budget. According to the 
Bureau of Land Management, the lands to be conveyed currently 
generate no significant receipts and are not expected to do so 
over the next 10 years; hence, CBO estimates that conveying 
them would not affect offsetting receipts (a credit against 
direct spending). Based on information from the agency, we also 
estimate that the agency's administrative costs to complete the 
conveyance would not be negligible. Enacting H.R. 3874 would 
not affect revenues.
    H.R. 3874 contains no intergovernmental or private-sector 
mandates as defined in the Unfunded Mandates Reform Act and 
would impose no costs on state, local, or tribal governments.
    The CBO staff contact for this estimate is Megan Carroll. 
This estimate was approved by Peter H. Fontaine, Deputy 
Assistant Director for Budget Analysis.

                    COMPLIANCE WITH PUBLIC LAW 104-4

    This bill contains no unfunded mandates.


    This bill is not intended to preempt any State, local or 
tribal law.

                        CHANGES IN EXISTING LAW

    If enacted, this bill would make no changes in existing