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ance in organizing programs, providing grants in partial support of program costs, and providing technical assistance to ongoing pro grams.
(4) The corporation shall continue the work of the Urban Reinvestment Task Force in supporting Neighborhood Housing Services of America, a nonprofit corporation established to provide services to local neighborhood housing services programs, with support which may include technical assistance and grants to expand its national loan purchase pool and may contract with it for services which it can perform more efficiently or effectively than the corpo ration.
(5) The corporation shall, in making and providing the foregoing grants and technical and other assistance, determine the reporting and management restrictions or requirements with which the recipients of such grants or other assistance must comply. In making such determinations, the corporation shall assure that recipients of grants and other assistance make available to the corporation such information as may be necessary to determine compliance with ap plicable Federal laws.
(b) To carry out the foregoing purposes and engage in the forego ing activities, the corporation is authorized
(1) to adopt, alter, and use a corporate seal;
(3) to make and perform contracts, agreements, and commitments;
(4) to sue and be sued, complain and defend, in any State, Federal, or other court;
(5) to determine its necessary expenditures and the manner in which the same shall be incurred, allowed, and paid, and appoint, employ, and fix and provide for the compensation of consultants, without regard to any other law, except as provided in section 608(d);
(6) to settle, adjust, and compromise, and with or without compensation or benefit to the corporation to release or waive in whole or in part, in advance or otherwise, any claim, demand, or right of, by, or against the corporation;
(7) to invest such funds of the corporation in such investment as the board of directors may describe;
(8) to acquire, take, hold, and own, and to deal with and dispose of any property; and
(9) to exercise all other powers that are necessary and proper to carry out the purposes of this title. (c)(1) The corporation may contract with the Office of Neighborhood Reinvestment of the Federal home loan banks for all staff, services, facilities, and equipment now or in the future furnished by the Office of Neighborhood Reinvestment to the Urban Reinvestment Task Force, including receiving the services of the Director of the Office of Neighborhood Reinvestment as the corporation's executive director.
(2) The corporation shall have the power to award contracts and grants to
(A) neighborhood housing services corporations and other nonprofit corporations engaged in neighborhood preservation activities; and
(B) local governmental bodies. (3) The Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, the Federal Home Loan Bank Board and the Federal home loan banks, the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System and the Federal Reserve banks, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, and the Comptroller of the Currency, the National Credit Union Administration or any other department, agency, or other instrumentality of the Federal Government are authorized to provide funds, services and facilities, with or without reimbursement, necessary to achieve the objectives and to carry out the purposes to this title.
(d)(1) The corporation shall have no power to issue any shares of stocks, or to declare or pay any dividends.
(2) No part of the income or assets of the corporation shall inure to the benefit of any director, officer, or employee, except as reasonable compensation for services or reimbursement for expenses.
(3) The corporation may not contribute to or otherwise support any political party or candidate for elective public office.
REPORTS AND AUDITS SEC. 607. (a) The corporation shall publish an annual report which shall be transmitted by the corporation to the President and the Congress.
(b) The accounts of the corporation shall be audited annually. Such audits shall be conducted in accordance with generally accepted auditing standards by independent certified public accountants who are certified by a regulatory authority of the jurisdiction in which the audit is undertaken.
(c) In addition to the annual audit, the financial transactions of the corporation for any fiscal year during which Federal funds are available to finance any portion of its operations may be audited by the General Accounting Office in accordance with such rules and regulations as may be prescribed by the Comptroller General of the United States. The financial transactions of the corporation shall be audited by the General Accounting Office at least once during each three years.
(d) For any fiscal year during which Federal funds are available to finance any portion of the corporation's grants or contracts, the General Accounting Office, in accordance with such rules and regulations may be prescribed by the Comptroller General of the United States, may audit the grantees or contractors of the corporation.
(e) The corporation shall conduct or require each grantee or contractor to provide for an annual financial audit. The report of each such audit shall be maintained for a period of at least five years at the principal office of the corporation.
SEC. 608. (a) There are authorized to be appropriated to the corporation to carry out this title not to exceed $16,512,000 for fiscal year 1984, and such sums as may be necessary for fiscal year 1985.
(b) Funds appropriated pursuant to this section shall remain available until expended.
(c) Non-Federal funds received by the corporation, and funds received by any recipient from a source other than the corporation, shall be accounted for and reported as receipts and disbursements separate and distinct from Federal funds.
(d) The corporation shall prepare annually a business-type budget which shall be submitted to the Office of Management and Budget, under such rules and regulations as the President may establish as to the date of submission, the form and content, the classifications of data, and the manner in which such budget program shall be prepared and presented. The budget of the corporation as modified, amended, or revised by the President shall be transmitted to the Congress as a part of the annual budget required by chapter 11 of title 31, United States Code. Amendments to the annual budget program may be submitted from time to time.
Approved October 31, 1978.
EXCERPT FROM HOUSING AND COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT
AMENDMENTS OF 1978
(Public Law 95-557; 92 Stat. 2122; 42 U.S.C. 8141)
TITLE VIII—LIVABLE CITIES
SEC. 801. This title may be cited as the “Livable Cities Act of 1978." Sec. 802. The Congress finds and declares
(1) that artistic, cultural, and historic resources, including urban design, constitute an integral part of a suitable living environment for the residents of the Nation's urban areas, and should be available to all residents of such areas, regardless of income;
(2) that the development or preservation of such resources is a significant and necessary factor in restoring and maintaining the vitality of the urban environment, and can serve as a catalyst for improving decaying or deteriorated urban communities and expanding economic opportunities, and for creating a sense of community identity, spirit, and pride; and
(3) that the encouragement and support of local initiatives to develop or preserve such resources, particularly in connection with federally assisted housing or community development activities or in communities with a high proportion of low-income residents, is an appropriate function of the Federal Government.
Sec. 803. The primary purpose of this title is to assist the efforts of States, local governments, neighborhood and other organizations to provide a more suitable living environment, expand cultural opportunities, and to the extent practicable, stimulate economic opportunities, primarily for the low and moderate income residents of communities and neighborhoods in need of conservation and revitalization, through the utilization, design or development or artistic, cultural, or historic resources.
Sec. 804. For the purpose of this title-
(1) the terms "art” and “arts” include, but are not limited to, architecture (including preservation, restoration, or adaptive use of existing structures), landscape architecture, urban design, interior design, graphic arts, fine arts (including painting and sculpture), performing arts (including music, drama, and dance), literature, crafts, photography, communications, media and film, as well as other similar activities which reflect the cultural heritage of the Nation's communities and their citizens;
(2) the term "nonprofit organization" means an organization in which no part of its net earnings inures to the benefit of any private stockholder or stockholders, individual or individuals and, if a private entity, which is not disqualified for tax exemption under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1954 by reason of attempting to influence legislation and does not participate in or intervene in (including the publishing or distribution of statements) any political campaign on behalf of any candidate for public office; such organizations may include States and units of local government (including public agencies or special authorities thereof), regional organizations of local governments and nonprofit societies, neighborhood groups, institutions, organizations, associations or muse ums;
(3) the term "project" means a program or activity intended to carry out the purposes of this title, including programs for neighborhood and community-based arts programs, urban design, user needs design, and the encouragement of the preservation of historic or other structures which have neighborhood or community significance;
(4) the term "Secretary” means the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development;
(5) the term “Chairman” means the Chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts;
(6) the term "Department" means the Department of Housing and Urban Development; and
(7) the term "Endowment” means the National Endowment for the Arts.
GRANTS TO OR CONTRACTS WITH ORGANIZATIONS
SEC. 805. (a) The Secretary is authorized to make grants to, or enter into contracts with, nonprofit organizations for the purpose of enabling such organizations to undertake or support in cities, urban communities, or neighborhoods, projects which the Secretary, in consultation with the Chairman, determines will carry out the purpose of this title and which
(1) have substantial artistic, cultural, historical, or design merit,
(2) represent community or neighborhood initiatives which have a significant potential for conserving or revitalizing communities or neighborhoods, and for enhancing community or neighborhood identity and pride, and
(3) meet the criteria established jointly by the Secretary and the Chairman pursuant to this section. (b) The Secretary and the Chairman shall establish jointly criteria and procedures for evaluating and selecting projects to be assisted under this title. Such criteria shall address, but need not be limited to
(1) artistic, cultural, historical, or design quality;
(2) the degree of broadly based, active involvement of neighborhood residents, community groups, local officals, and persons with expertise in the arts with the proposed project;
(3) the degree of or the potential for utilization or stimulation of assistance or cooperation from other Federal, State, and local public and private sources, including arts organizations;