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(D) Such other factors as the Secretary may determine necessary in order to carry out the purpose and provisions of this
part. (b) The Secretary shall not provide financial assistance under this part unless the applicant has provided reasonable assurances that it has
(1) established a policy advisory council which (A) has special qualifications and sensitivity with respect to solving the problems of low-income persons (including the weatherization and energy-conservation problems of such persons), (B) is broadly representative of organizations and agencies which are providing services to such persons in the State or geographical areas in question, and (C) is responsible for advising the responsible official or agency administering the allocation of financial assistance in such State or area with respect to the development and implementation of such weatherization assistance program;
(2) established priorities to govern the provision of weatherization assistance to low-income persons, including methods to provide priority to elderly and handicapped low-income persons, and such priority as the applicant determines is appropriate for single-family or other high-energy-consuming dwelling units;
(3) established policies and procedures designed to assure that financial assistance provided under this part will be used to supplement, and not to supplant, State or local funds, and, to the extent practicable, to increase the amounts of such funds that would be made available in the absence of Federal funds for carrying out the purposes of this part, including plans and procedures (A) for securing, to the maximum extent practicable, the services of volunteers and training participants and public service employment workers, pursuant to the Comprehensive Employment and Training Act of 1973, to work under the supervision of qualified supervisors and foremen, and (B) for complying with the limitations set forth in section 415; and
(4) selected on the basis of public comment received during a public hearing conducted pursuant to section 415(b)(1), and other appropriate findings, community action agencies or other public or nonprofit entities to undertake the weatherization activities authorized by this title: Provided, Such selection shall be based on the agency's experience and performance in weatherization or housing renovation activities, experience in assisting low-income persons in the area to be served, and the capacity to undertake a timely and effective weatherization program: Provided further, That in making such selection preference shall be given to any community action agency or other public or nonprofit entity which has, or is currently administering, an effective program under this title or under title II of the Economic Opportunity Act of 1964.
SEC. 415. (a) An average of at least forty percent of the funds provided in a state under this part for weatherization materials, labor, and related matters described in subsection (c) shall be spent for weatherization materials. Not more than an amount equal to 10 percent of any grant made by the Secretary under this part may be used for administrative purposes in carrying out duties under this part, except that not more than one-half of such amount may be used by any State for such purposes.
(b) The Secretary shall insure that financial assistance provided under this part will
(1) be allocated within the State or area in accordance with a published State or area plan, which is adopted by such State after notice and a public hearing, describing the proposed funding distributions and recipients;
(2) be allocated, pursuant to such State or area plan, to community action agencies carrying out programs under title II of the Economic Opportunity Act of 1964 or to other appropriate and qualified public or nonprofit entities in such State or area so that
(A) funds will be allocated on the basis of the relative need for weatherization assistance among the low-income persons within such State or area, taking into account appropriate climatic and energy conservation factors; and
(B) due consideration will be given to the results of periodic evaluations of the projects carried out under this part in light of available information regarding the current and anticipated energy and weatherization needs of low-income
persons within the State; and (3) be terminated or discontinued during the application period only in accordance with policies and procedures consist
ent with the policies and procedures set forth in section 418. (c)(1) The expenditure of financial assistance provided under this part for labor, weatherization materials, and related matters shall not exceed an average of $1,600 per dwelling unit weatherized in that State. Labor, weatherization materials, and related matter includes, but is not limited to
(A) the appropriate portion of the cost of tools and equipment used to install weatherization materials for a dwelling unit;
(B) the cost of transporting labor, tools, and materials to a dwelling unit;
(C) the cost of having onsite supervisory personnel; and
(D) the cost of making incidental repairs to a dwelling unit if such repairs are necessary to make the installation of weather
ization materials effective. (2) Dwelling units partially weatherized under this part or under other Federal programs during the period September 30, 1975, through September 30, 1979, may receive further financial assistance for weatherization under this part.
(d) Beginning in fiscal year 1986, not less than 5 percent and no more than 15 percent of the amount appropriated under this part for each fiscal year shall be allotted by the Secretary to a performance fund, which shall be available only to provide financial assitance under this part to those States which the Secretary determines to have demonstrated the best performance during the previous fiscal year in providing weatherization assistance. The Secretary shall make such determination on the basis of such information as may be available to the Secretary, to include, but not be limited to, the percentage of eligible dwelling units within the State which have been weatherized using low-income weatherization assistance program funds during the relevant reporting period. In assessing the quality of the weatherization assistance provided, the Secretary shall consider comparable energy savings data supplied by the States.
MONITORING, TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE, AND EVALUATION SEC. 416. The Secretary, in coordination with the Director, shall monitor and evaluate the operation of projects receiving financial assistance under this part through methods provided for in section 417(a), through onsite inspections, or through other means, in order to assure the effective provision of weatherization assistance for the dwelling units of low-income persons. The Secretary shall also carry out periodic evaluations of the program authorized by this part and projects receiving financial assistance under this part. The Secretary may provide technical assistance to any such project, directly and through persons and entities with a demonstrated capacity in developing and implementing appropriate technology for enhancing the effectiveness of the provision of weatherization assistance to the dwelling units of low-income persons, utilizing in any fiscal year not to exceed 10 percent of the sums appro priated for such year under this part.
Sec. 417. (a) The Secretary, in consultation with the Director, by general or special orders, may require any recipient of financial assistance under this part to provide, in such form as he may prescribe, such reports or answers in writing to specific questions, surveys, or questionnaires as may be necessary to enable the Secretary and the Director to carry our their functions under this part.
(b) Each person responsible for the administration of a weatherization assistance project receiving financial assistance under this part shall keep such records as the Secretary may prescribe in order to assure an effective financial audit and performance evaluation of such project.
(c) The Secretary, the Director (with respect to community action agencies), and the Comptroller General of the United States, or any of their duly authorized representatives, shall have access for the purpose of audit and examination to any books, documents, papers, information, and records of any project receiving financial assistance under this part that are pertinent to the financial assistance received under this part.
(d) Payments under this part may be made in installments and in advance, or by way of reimbursement, with necessary adjustments on account of overpayments or underpayments.
APPROVAL OF APPLICATIONS AND ADMINISTRATION OF STATE PROGRAMS
SEC. 418. (a) The Secretary shall not finally disapprove any application submitted under this part, or any amendment thereto, without first affording the State (or unit of general purpose local government or community action agency under section 413(c), as appropriate) in question, as well as other interested parties, reasonable notice and an opportunity for a public hearing. The Secretary may consolidate into a single hearing the condideration of more than one such application for a particular fiscal year to carry out projects within a particular State. Whenever the Secretary, after reasonable notice and an opportunity for a public hearing, finds that there is a failure to comply substantially with the provisions of this part or regulations promulgated under this part, he shall notify the agency or institution involved and other interested parties that such State (or unit of general purpose local government or agency, as appropriate) will no longer be eligible to participate in the program under this part until the Secretary is satisfied that there is no longer any such failure to comply.
(b) Reasonable notice under this section shall include a written notice of intention to act adversely (including a statement of the reasons therefor) and a reasonable period of time within which to submit corrective amendments to the application, or to propose corrective action.
SEC. 419. (a) If any applicant is dissatisfied with the Secretary's final action with respect to the application submitted by it under section 414 or with a final action under section 418, such applicant may, within 60 days after notice of such action, file with the United States court of appeals for the circuit in which the State involved is located a petition for review of that action. A copy of the petition shall be forthwith transmitted by the clerk of the court to the Secretary. The Secretary thereupon shall file in the court the record of the proceedings on which he based his action, as provided in section 2112 of title 28, United States Code.
(b) The findings of fact by the Secretary, if supported by substantial evidence, shall be conclusive. The court may, for good cause shown, remand the case to the Secretary to take further evidence, and the Secretary may thereupon make new or modified findings of fact and may modify his previous action. The Secretary shall certify to the court the record of any such further proceedings. Such new or modified findings of fact shall likewise be conclusive if supported by substantial evidence.
(c) The court shall have jurisdiction to affirm the action of the Secretary or to set it aside, in whole or in part. The judgment of the court shall be subject to review by the Supreme Court of the United States upon certiorari or certification, as provided in section 1254 of title 28, United States Code.
SEC. 420. (a) No person in the United States shall, on the ground of race, color, national origin, or sex, or on the ground of any other factor specified in any Federal law prohibiting discrimination, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be sub jected to discrimination under any program, project, or activity supported in whole or in part with financial assistance under this part.
(b) Whenever the Secretary determines that a recipient of financial assistance under this part has failed to comply with subsection (a) or any applicable regulation, he shall notify the recipient thereof in order to secure compliance. If, within a reasonable period of time thereafter, such recipient fails to comply, the Secretary shall
(1) refer the matter to the Attorney General with a recommendation that an appropriate civil action be instituted;
(2) exercise the power and functions provided by title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and any other applicable Federal nondiscrimination law; or
(3) take such other action as may be authorized by law.
SEC. 421. The Secretary and (with respect to the operation and effectiveness of activities carried out through community action agencies) the Director shall each submit, on or before March 31, 1977, and annually thereafter through 1979, a report to the Congress and the President describing the weatherization assistance program carried out under this part or any other provision of law, including the results of the periodic evaluations and monitoring activities required by section 416.
AUTHORIZATION OF APPROPRIATIONS
SEC. 422. Of the funds authorized by section 1005(1) of the Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1981 · for energy conservation for fiscal year 1984, not less than $190,000,000 is authorized to be appropriated to carry out the weatherization program under this part. There is authorized to be appropriated such sums as may be necessary for fiscal year 1985 to carry out such weatherization program. Any amount appropriated under this section shall remain available until expended.
Sec. 1005(1) of the Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1981 reads as follows: "Sec. 1005. Funds are hereby authorized to be appropriated in accordance with section 660 of the Department of Energy Organization Act for operating expenses for“(1) Energy conservation,
“(A) for the fiscal year ending on september 30, 1982, $363,056,000;