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(a) NATIONAL SURVEY OF FACILITIES CONDITIONS-
(1) IN GENERAL- Not later than 12 months after the date of enactment of the Native American Education Improvement Act of 2001, the General Accounting Office shall compile, collect, and secure the data that are needed to prepare a national survey of the physical conditions of all Bureau-funded school facilities.

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(2) DATA AND METHODOLOGIES- In preparing the national survey required under paragraph (1), the General Accounting Office shall use the following data and methodologies:

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(A) The existing Department of Defense formula for determining the condition and adequacy of Department of Defense facilities.

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(B) Data related to conditions of Bureau-funded schools that has previously been compiled, collected, or secured from whatever source derived so long as the data are accurate, relevant, timely, and necessary to the survey.

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(C) The methodologies of the American Institute of Architects, or other accredited and reputable architecture or engineering associations.

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(3) CONSULTATIONS-
(A) IN GENERAL- In carrying out the survey required under paragraph (1), the General Accounting Office shall, to the maximum extent practicable, consult (and if necessary contract) with national, regional, and tribal Indian education organizations to ensure that a complete and accurate national survey is achieved.

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(B) REQUESTS FOR INFORMATION- All Bureau-funded schools shall comply with reasonable requests for information by the General Accounting Office and shall respond to such requests in a timely fashion.

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(4) SUBMISSION- Not later than 2 years after the date of enactment of the Native American Education Improvement Act of 2001, the General Accounting Office shall submit the results of the national survey conducted under paragraph (1) to the Committee on Indian Affairs, the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions, and the Committee on Appropriations of the Senate and the Committee on Resources, the Committee on Education and the Workforce, and the Committee on Appropriations of the House of Representatives and to the Secretary. The Secretary shall submit the results of the national survey to school boards of Bureau-funded schools and their respective tribes.

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(5) NEGOTIATED RULEMAKING COMMITTEE-
(A) IN GENERAL- Not later than 6 months after the date on which the submission is made under paragraph (4), the Secretary shall establish a negotiated rulemaking committee pursuant to section 1138(b)(3). The negotiated rulemaking committee shall prepare and submit to the Secretary the following:

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(i) A catalog of the condition of school facilities at all Bureau-funded schools that —

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(I) incorporates the findings from the General Accounting Office study evaluating and comparing school systems of the Department of Defense and the Bureau of Indian Affairs;

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(II) rates such facilities with respect to the rate of deterioration and useful life of structures and major systems;

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(III) establishes a routine maintenance schedule for each facility;

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(IV) identifies the complementary educational facilities that do not exist but that are needed; and

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(V) makes projections on the amount of funds needed to keep each school viable, consistent with the accreditation standards required pursuant to this Act.

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(ii) A school replacement and new construction report that determines replacement and new construction need, and a formula for the equitable distribution of funds to address such need, for Bureau-funded schools. Such formula shall utilize necessary factors in determining an equitable distribution of funds, including —

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(I) the size of school;
(II) school enrollment;
(III) the age of the school;
(IV) the condition of the school;
(V) environmental factors at the school; and
(VI) school isolation.

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(iii) A renovation repairs report that determines renovation need (major and minor), and a formula for the equitable distribution of funds to address such need, for Bureau-funded schools. Such report shall identify needed repairs or renovations with respect to a facility, or a part of a facility, or the grounds of the facility, to remedy a need based on disabilities access or health and safety changes to a facility. The formula developed shall utilize necessary factors in determining an equitable distribution of funds, including the factors described in clause (ii).

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(B) SUBMISSION OF REPORTS- Not later than 24 months after the negotiated rulemaking committee is established under subparagraph (A), the reports described in clauses (ii) and (iii) of subparagraph (A) shall be submitted to the committees of Congress referred to in paragraph (4), the national and regional Indian education organizations, and to all school boards of Bureau-funded schools and their respective tribes.

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(6) FACILITIES INFORMATION SYSTEMS SUPPORT DATABASE- The Secretary shall develop a Facilities Information Systems Support Database to maintain and update the information contained in the reports under clauses (ii) and (iii) of paragraph (5)(A) and the information contained in the survey conducted under paragraph (1). The system shall be updated every 3 years by the Bureau of Indian Affairs and monitored by General Accounting Office, and shall be made available to school boards of Bureau-funded schools and their respective tribes, and Congress.

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(b) COMPLIANCE WITH HEALTH AND SAFETY STANDARDS-
(1) IN GENERAL- The Secretary shall immediately begin to bring all schools, dormitories, and other Indian education-related facilities operated by the Bureau or under contract or grant with the Bureau, into compliance with —

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(A) all applicable tribal, Federal, or State health and safety standards, whichever provides greater protection (except that the tribal standards to be applied shall be no greater than any otherwise applicable Federal or State standards);

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(B) section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973; and

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(C) the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.

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(2) NO TERMINATION REQUIRED- Nothing in this subsection requires termination of the operations of any facility that —

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(A) does not comply with the provisions and standards described in paragraph (1); and

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(B) is in use on the date of enactment of the Native American Education Improvement Act of 2001.

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(c) COMPLIANCE PLAN- At the time that the annual budget request for Bureau educational services is presented, the Secretary shall submit to the appropriate committees of Congress a detailed plan to bring all facilities covered under subsection (a) into compliance with the standards referred to in that subsection that includes —

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(1) detailed information on the status of each facilitys compliance with such standards;
(2) specific cost estimates for meeting such standards at each school; and
(3) specific timelines for bringing each school into compliance with such standards.

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(d) CONSTRUCTION PRIORITIES-
(1) SYSTEM TO ESTABLISH PRIORITIES- On an annual basis, the Secretary shall submit to the appropriate committees of Congress and cause to be published in the Federal Register, the system used to establish priorities for replacement and construction projects for Bureau-funded schools and home-living schools, including boarding schools and dormitories. At the time any budget request for education is presented, the Secretary shall publish in the Federal Register and submit with the budget request the current list of all Bureau-funded school construction priorities.

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(2) LONG-TERM CONSTRUCTION AND REPLACEMENT LIST- In addition to the plan submitted under subsection (c), the Secretary shall —

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(A) not later than 18 months after the date of enactment of the Native American Education Improvement Act of 2001, establish a long-term construction and replacement list for all Bureau-funded schools;

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(B) using the list prepared under subparagraph (A), propose a list for the orderly replacement of all Bureau-funded education-related facilities over a period of 40 years to enable planning and scheduling of budget requests;

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(C) cause the list prepared under subparagraph (B) to be published in the Federal Register and allow a period of not less than 120 days for public comment;

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(D) make such revisions to the list prepared under subparagraph (B) as are appropriate based on the comments received; and

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(E) cause the final list to be published in the Federal Register.

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(3) EFFECT ON OTHER LIST- Nothing in this section shall interfere with or change in any way the construction priority list as it existed on the day before the date of enactment of the Native American Education Improvement Act of 2001.

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(e) HAZARDOUS CONDITION AT BUREAU-FUNDED SCHOOL-
(1) CLOSURE, CONSOLIDATION, OR CURTAILMENT-

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(A) IN GENERAL- A Bureau-funded school may be closed or consolidated, or the programs of a Bureau-funded school may be substantially curtailed, by reason of facility conditions that constitute an immediate hazard to health and safety only if a health and safety officer of the Bureau and an individual designated at the beginning of the school year by the tribe involved under subparagraph (B) determine that such conditions exist at a facility of the Bureau-funded school.

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(B) DESIGNATION OF INDIVIDUAL BY TRIBE- To be designated by a tribe for purposes of subparagraph (A), an individual shall —

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(i) be a licensed or certified facilities safety inspector;
(ii) have demonstrated experience in the inspection of facilities for health and safety purposes with respect to occupancy; or
(iii) have a significant educational background in the health and safety of facilities with respect to occupancy.

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(C) INSPECTION- After making a determination described in subparagraph (A), the Bureau health and safety officer and the individual designated by the tribe shall conduct an inspection of the conditions of such facility in order to determine whether conditions at such facility constitute an immediate hazard to health and safety. Such inspection shall be completed as expeditiously as practicable, but not later than 20 days after the date on which the action described in subparagraph (A) is taken.

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(D) FAILURE TO CONCUR- If the Bureau health and safety officer, and the individual designated by the tribe, conducting the inspection of a facility required under subparagraph (C) do not concur that conditions at the facility constitute an immediate hazard to health and safety, such officer and individual shall immediately notify the tribal governing body and provide written information related to their determinations.

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(E) CONSIDERATION BY TRIBAL GOVERNING BODY- Not later than 10 days after a tribal governing body receives notice under subparagraph (D), the tribal governing body shall consider all information relating to the determinations of the Bureau health and safety officer and the individual designated by the tribe and make a determination regarding the closure, consolidation, or curtailment involved.

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(F) AGREEMENT TO CLOSE, CONSOLIDATE, OR CURTAIL-
(i) IN GENERAL- If the Bureau health and safety officer and the individual designated by the tribe conducting the inspection of a facility required under subparagraph (C), concur that conditions at the facility constitute an immediate hazard to health and safety, or if the tribal governing body makes such a determination under subparagraph (E), the facility involved shall be closed immediately.

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(ii) REOPENING OF FACILITY IF NO IMMEDIATE HAZARD FOUND TO EXIST- If the Bureau health and safety officer or the individual designated by the tribe conducting the inspection of a facility required under subparagraph (C) determines that conditions at the facility do not constitute an immediate hazard to health and safety, any consolidation or curtailment that was made under this paragraph shall immediately cease and any school closed by reason of conditions at the facility shall be reopened immediately.

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(G) GENERAL CLOSURE REPORT- If a Bureau-funded school is temporarily closed or consolidated or the programs of a Bureau-funded school are temporarily substantially curtailed under this subsection and the Secretary determines that the closure, consolidation, or curtailment will exceed 1 year, the Secretary shall submit to the appropriate committees of Congress, the affected tribe, and the local school board, not later than 90 days after the date on which the closure, consolidation, or curtailment was initiated, a report that specifies —

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(i) the reasons for such temporary action;
(ii) the actions the Secretary is taking to eliminate the conditions that constitute the hazard;
(iii) an estimated date by which the actions described in clause (ii) will be concluded; and
(iv) a plan for providing alternate education services for students enrolled at the school that is to be closed.

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(2) NONAPPLICATION OF CERTAIN STANDARDS FOR TEMPORARY FACILITY USE-
(A) CLASSROOM ACTIVITIES- The Secretary shall permit the local school board to temporarily utilize facilities adjacent to the school, or satellite facilities, if such facilities are suitable for conducting classroom activities. In permitting the use of facilities under the preceding sentence, the Secretary may waive applicable minor standards under section 1121 relating to such facilities (such as the required number of exit lights or configuration of restrooms) so long as such waivers do not result in the creation of an environment that constitutes an immediate and substantial threat to the health, safety, and life of students and staff.

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(B) ADMINISTRATIVE ACTIVITIES- The provisions of subparagraph (A) shall apply with respect to administrative personnel if the facilities involved are suitable for activities performed by such personnel.

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(C) TEMPORARY- In this paragraph, the term temporary means —
(i) with respect to a school that is to be closed for not more than 1 year, 3 months or less; and
(ii) with respect to a school that is to be closed for not less than 1 year, a time period determined appropriate by the Bureau.

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(3) TREATMENT OF CLOSURE- Any closure of a Bureau-funded school under this subsection for a period that exceeds 30 days but is less than 1 year, shall be treated by the Bureau as an emergency facility improvement and repair project.

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(4) USE OF FUNDS- With respect to a Bureau-funded school that is closed under this subsection, the tribal governing body, or the designated local school board of each Bureau-funded school, involved may authorize the use of funds allocated pursuant to section 1127, to abate the hazardous conditions without further action by Congress.

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(f) FUNDING REQUIREMENT-
(1) DISTRIBUTION OF FUNDS- Beginning with the first fiscal year following the date of enactment of the Native American Education Improvement Act of 2001, all funds appropriated to the budget accounts for the operations and maintenance of Bureau-funded schools shall be distributed by formula to the schools. No funds from these accounts may be retained or segregated by the Bureau to pay for administrative or other costs of any facilities branch or office, at any level of the Bureau.

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(2) REQUIREMENTS FOR CERTAIN USES- No funds shall be withheld from the distribution to the budget of any school operated under contract or grant by the Bureau for maintenance or any other facilities or road-related purpose, unless such school has consented, as a modification to the contract or in writing for grants schools, to the withholding of such funds, including the amount thereof, the purpose for which the funds will be used, and the timeline for the services to be provided. The school may, at the end of any fiscal year, cancel an agreement under this paragraph upon giving the Bureau 30 days notice of its intent to do so.
(g) NO REDUCTION IN FEDERAL FUNDING- Nothing in this section shall diminish any Federal funding due to the receipt by the school of funding for facilities improvement or construction from a State or any other source.