TITLE 7 - US CODE - SUBCHAPTER VII - NORTHERN GREAT PLAINS REGIONAL AUTHORITY

7 USC 2009bb - Definitions

In this subchapter:
(1) Authority 
The term Authority means the Northern Great Plains Regional Authority established by section 2009bb–1 of this title.
(2) Federal grant program 
The term Federal grant program means a Federal grant program to provide assistance in
(A) implementing the recommendations of the Northern Great Plains Rural Development Commission established by the Northern Great Plains Rural Development Act (7 U.S.C. 2661 note ; Public Law 103318);
(B) acquiring or developing land;

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(C) constructing or equipping a highway, road, bridge, or facility;
(D) carrying out other economic development activities; or
(E) conducting research activities related to the activities described in subparagraphs (A) through (D).
(3) Indian tribe 
The term Indian tribe has the meaning given the term in section 450b of title 25.
(4) Region 
The term region means the States of Iowa, Minnesota, Missouri (other than counties included in the Delta Regional Authority), Nebraska, North Dakota, and South Dakota.

7 USC 2009bb1 - Northern Great Plains Regional Authority

(a) Establishment 

(1) In general 
There is established the Northern Great Plains Regional Authority.
(2) Composition 
The Authority shall be composed of
(A) a Federal member, to be appointed by the President, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate;
(B) the Governor (or a designee of the Governor) of each State in the region that elects to participate in the Authority; and
(C) a member of an Indian tribe, who shall be a chairperson of an Indian tribe in the region or a designee of such a chairperson, to be appointed by the President, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate.
(3) Cochairpersons 
The Authority shall be headed by
(A) the Federal member, who shall serve
(i) as the Federal cochairperson; and
(ii) as a liaison between the Federal Government and the Authority;
(B) a State cochairperson, who
(i) shall be a Governor of a participating State in the region; and
(ii) shall be elected by the State members for a term of not less than 1 year; and
(C) the member of an Indian tribe, who shall serve
(i) as the tribal cochairperson; and
(ii) as a liaison between the governments of Indian tribes in the region and the Authority.
(4) Failure to confirm 

(A) Federal member 
Notwithstanding any other provision of this section, if a Federal member described in paragraph (2)(A) has not been confirmed by the Senate by not later than 180 days after the date of enactment of this paragraph, the Authority may organize and operate without the Federal member.
(B) Indian chairperson 
In the case of the Indian Chairperson, if no Indian Chairperson is confirmed by the Senate, the regional authority shall consult and coordinate with the leaders of Indian tribes in the region concerning the activities of the Authority, as appropriate.
(b) Alternate members 

(1) Alternate Federal cochairperson 
The President shall appoint an alternate Federal cochairperson.
(2) State alternates 

(A) In general 
The State member of a participating State may have a single alternate, who shall be
(i) a resident of that State; and
(ii) appointed by the Governor of the State.
(B) Quorum 
A State alternate member shall not be counted toward the establishment of a quorum of the members of the Authority in any case in which a quorum of the State members is required to be present.
(3) Alternate tribal cochairperson 
The President shall appoint an alternate tribal cochairperson, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate.
(4) Delegation of power 
No power or responsibility of the Authority specified in paragraphs (2) and (3) of subsection (c) of this section, and no voting right of any member of the Authority, shall be delegated to any person who is not
(A) a member of the Authority; or
(B) entitled to vote in Authority meetings.
(c) Voting 

(1) In general 
A decision by the Authority shall require a majority vote of the Authority (not including any member representing a State that is delinquent under subsection (g)(2)(D) of this section) to be effective.
(2) Quorum 
A quorum of State members shall be required to be present for the Authority to make any policy decision, including
(A) a modification or revision of an Authority policy decision;
(B) approval of a State or regional development plan; and
(C) any allocation of funds among the States.
(3) Project and grant proposals 
The approval of project and grant proposals shall be
(A) a responsibility of the Authority; and
(B) conducted in accordance with section 2009bb–8 of this title.
(4) Voting by alternate members 
An alternate member shall vote in the case of the absence, death, disability, removal, or resignation of the Federal, State, or Indian tribe member for whom the alternate member is an alternate.
(d) Duties 
The Authority shall
(1) develop, on a continuing basis, comprehensive and coordinated plans and programs for multistate cooperation to advance the economic and social well-being of the region and to approve grants for the economic development of the region, giving due consideration to other Federal, State, tribal, and local planning and development activities in the region;
(2) not later than 220 days after May 13, 2002, establish priorities in a development plan for the region (including 5-year regional outcome targets);
(3) assess the needs and assets of the region based on available research, demonstrations, investigations, assessments, and evaluations of the region prepared by Federal, State, tribal, and local agencies, universities, regional and local development districts or organizations, regional boards established under subchapter IX, and other nonprofit groups;
(4) formulate and recommend to the Governors and legislatures of States that participate in the Authority forms of interstate cooperation for
(i) renewable energy development and transmission;
(ii) transportation planning and economic development;
(iii) information technology;
(iv) movement of freight and individuals within the region;
(v) federally-funded research at institutions of higher education; and
(vi) conservation land management;
(5) work with State, tribal, and local agencies in developing appropriate model legislation;
(6) enhance the capacity of, and provide support for, multistate development and research organizations, local development organizations and districts, and resource conservation districts in the region;
(7) encourage private investment in industrial, commercial, renewable energy, and other economic development projects in the region; and
(8) cooperate with and assist State governments with economic development programs of participating States.
(e) Administration 
In carrying out subsection (d) of this section, the Authority may
(1) hold such hearings, sit and act at such times and places, take such testimony, receive such evidence, and print or otherwise reproduce and distribute a description of the proceedings and reports on actions by the Authority as the Authority considers appropriate;
(2) authorize, through the Federal, State, or tribal cochairperson or any other member of the Authority designated by the Authority, the administration of oaths if the Authority determines that testimony should be taken or evidence received under oath;
(3) request from any Federal, State, tribal, or local agency such information as may be available to or procurable by the agency that may be of use to the Authority in carrying out the duties of the Authority;
(4) adopt, amend, and repeal bylaws and rules governing the conduct of business and the performance of duties of the Authority;
(5) request the head of any Federal agency to detail to the Authority such personnel as the Authority requires to carry out duties of the Authority, each such detail to be without loss of seniority, pay, or other employee status;
(6) request the head of any State agency, tribal government, or local government to detail to the Authority such personnel as the Authority requires to carry out duties of the Authority, each such detail to be without loss of seniority, pay, or other employee status;
(7) provide for coverage of Authority employees in a suitable retirement and employee benefit system by
(A) making arrangements or entering into contracts with any participating State government or tribal government; or
(B) otherwise providing retirement and other employee benefit coverage;
(8) accept, use, and dispose of gifts or donations of services or real, personal, tangible, or intangible property;
(9) enter into and perform such contracts, leases, cooperative agreements, or other transactions as are necessary to carry out Authority duties, including any contracts, leases, or cooperative agreements with
(A) any department, agency, or instrumentality of the United States;
(B) any State (including a political subdivision, agency, or instrumentality of the State);
(C) any Indian tribe in the region; or
(D) any person, firm, association, or corporation; and
(10) establish and maintain a central office and field offices at such locations as the Authority may select.
(f) Federal agency cooperation 
A Federal agency shall
(1) cooperate with the Authority; and
(2) provide, on request of a cochairperson, appropriate assistance in carrying out this subchapter, in accordance with applicable Federal laws (including regulations).
(g) Administrative expenses 

(1) Federal share 
The Federal share of the administrative expenses of the Authority shall be
(A) for each of fiscal years 2008 and 2009, 100 percent;
(B) for fiscal year 2010, 75 percent; and
(C) for fiscal year 2011 and each fiscal year thereafter, 50 percent.
(2) Non-Federal share 

(A) In general 
The non-Federal share of the administrative expenses of the Authority shall be paid by non-Federal sources in the States that participate in the Authority.
(B) Share paid by each State 
The share of administrative expenses of the Authority to be paid by non-Federal sources in each State shall be determined by the Authority.
(C) No Federal participation 
The Federal cochairperson shall not participate or vote in any decision under subparagraph (B).
(D) Delinquent States 
If a State is delinquent in payment of the States share of administrative expenses of the Authority under this subsection
(i) no assistance under this subchapter shall be provided to the State (including assistance to a political subdivision or a resident of the State); and
(ii) no member of the Authority from the State shall participate or vote in any action by the Authority.
(h) Compensation 

(1) Federal and tribal cochairpersons 
The Federal cochairperson and the tribal cochairperson shall be compensated by the Federal Government at the annual rate of basic pay prescribed for level III of the Executive Schedule in subchapter II of chapter 53 of title 5.
(2) Alternate Federal and tribal cochairpersons 
The alternate Federal cochairperson and the alternate tribal cochairperson
(A) shall be compensated by the Federal Government at the annual rate of basic pay prescribed for level V of the Executive Schedule described in paragraph (1); and
(B) when not actively serving as an alternate, shall perform such functions and duties as are delegated by the Federal cochairperson or the tribal cochairperson, respectively.
(3) State members and alternates 

(A) In general 
A State shall compensate each member and alternate representing the State on the Authority at the rate established by State law.
(B) No additional compensation 
No State member or alternate member shall receive any salary, or any contribution to or supplementation of salary from any source other than the State for services provided by the member or alternate member to the Authority.
(4) Detailed employees 

(A) In general 
No person detailed to serve the Authority under subsection (e)(6) of this section shall receive any salary or any contribution to or supplementation of salary for services provided to the Authority from
(i) any source other than the State, tribal, local, or intergovernmental agency from which the person was detailed; or
(ii) the Authority.
(B) Violation 
Any person that violates this paragraph shall be fined not more than $5,000, imprisoned not more than 1 year, or both.
(C) Applicable law 
The Federal cochairperson, the alternate Federal cochairperson, and any Federal officer or employee detailed to duty on the Authority under subsection (e)(5) of this section shall not be subject to subparagraph (A), but shall remain subject to sections 202 through 209 of title 18.
(5) Additional personnel 

(A) Compensation 

(i) In general The Authority may appoint and fix the compensation of an executive director and such other personnel as are necessary to enable the Authority to carry out the duties of the Authority.
(ii) Exception Compensation under clause (i) shall not exceed the maximum rate for the Senior Executive Service under section 5382 of title 5, including any applicable locality-based comparability payment that may be authorized under section 5304(h)(2)(C) of that title.
(B) Executive director 
The executive director shall be responsible for
(i) the carrying out of the administrative duties of the Authority;
(ii) direction of the Authority staff; and
(iii) such other duties as the Authority may assign.
(C) No Federal employee status 
No member, alternate, officer, or employee of the Authority (except the Federal cochairperson of the Authority, the alternate and staff for the Federal cochairperson, and any Federal employee detailed to the Authority under subsection (e)(5) of this section) shall be considered to be a Federal employee for any purpose.
(i) Conflicts of interest 

(1) In general 
Except as provided under paragraph (2), no State member, Indian tribe member, State alternate, officer, or employee of the Authority shall participate personally and substantially as a member, alternate, officer, or employee of the Authority, through decision, approval, disapproval, recommendation, the rendering of advice, investigation, or otherwise, in any proceeding, application, request for a ruling or other determination, contract, claim, controversy, or other matter in which, to knowledge of the member, alternate, officer, or employee
(A) the member, alternate, officer, or employee;
(B) the spouse, minor child, partner, or organization (other than a State or political subdivision of the State or the Indian tribe) of the member, alternate, officer, or employee, in which the member, alternate, officer, or employee is serving as officer, director, trustee, partner, or employee; or
(C) any person or organization with whom the member, alternate, officer, or employee is negotiating or has any arrangement concerning prospective employment;

has a financial interest.

(2) Disclosure 
Paragraph (1) shall not apply if the State member, Indian tribe member, alternate, officer, or employee
(A) immediately advises the Authority of the nature and circumstances of the proceeding, application, request for a ruling or other determination, contract, claim, controversy, or other particular matter presenting a potential conflict of interest;
(B) makes full disclosure of the financial interest; and
(C) before the proceeding concerning the matter presenting the conflict of interest, receives a written determination by the Authority that the interest is not so substantial as to be likely to affect the integrity of the services that the Authority may expect from the State member, Indian tribe member, alternate, officer, or employee.
(3) Violation 
Any person that violates this subsection shall be fined not more than $10,000, imprisoned not more than 2 years, or both.
(j) Validity of contracts, loans, and grants 
The Authority may declare void any contract, loan, or grant of or by the Authority in relation to which the Authority determines that there has been a violation of any provision under subsection (h)(4) or subsection (i) of this subtitle[1], or sections 202 through 209 of title 18.
[1] So in original. Probably should be “section”.

7 USC 2009bb1a - Interstate cooperation for economic opportunity and efficiency

(a) In general 
The Authority shall provide assistance to States in developing regional plans to address multistate economic issues, including plans
(1) to develop a regional transmission system for movement of renewable energy to markets outside the region;
(2) to address regional transportation concerns, including the establishment of a Northern Great Plains Regional Transportation Working Group;
(3) to encourage and support interstate collaboration on federally-funded research that is in the national interest; and
(4) to establish a Regional Working Group on Agriculture Development and Transportation.
(b) Economic issues 
The multistate economic issues referred to in subsection (a) shall include
(1) renewable energy development and transmission;
(2) transportation planning and economic development;
(3) information technology;
(4) movement of freight and individuals within the region;
(5) federally-funded research at institutions of higher education; and
(6) conservation land management.

7 USC 2009bb2 - Economic and community development grants

(a) In general 
The Authority may approve grants to States, Indian tribes, local governments, and public and nonprofit organizations for projects, approved in accordance with section 2009bb–8 of this title
(1) to assist the region in obtaining the job training, employment-related education, and business development (with an emphasis on entrepreneurship) that are needed to build and maintain strong local economies;
(2) to develop the transportation, renewable energy transmission, and telecommunication infrastructure of the region for the purpose of facilitating economic development in the region (except that grants for this purpose may be made only to States, Indian tribes, local governments, and nonprofit organizations);
(3) to provide assistance to severely distressed and underdeveloped areas that lack financial resources for improving basic public services;
(4) to provide assistance to severely distressed and underdeveloped areas that lack financial resources for equipping industrial parks and related facilities; and
(5) to otherwise achieve the purposes of this subchapter.
(b) Funding 

(1) In general 
Funds for grants under subsection (a) of this section may be provided
(A) entirely from appropriations to carry out this section;
(B) in combination with funds available under another Federal grant program; or
(C) from any other source.
(2) Priority of funding 
To best build the foundations for long-term economic development and to complement other Federal, State, and tribal resources in the region, Federal funds available under this subchapter shall be focused on the following activities:
(A) Basic public infrastructure in distressed counties and isolated areas of distress.
(B) Transportation and telecommunication infrastructure for the purpose of facilitating economic development in the region.
(C) Business development, with emphasis on entrepreneurship.
(D) Job training or employment-related education, with emphasis on use of existing public educational institutions located in the region.

7 USC 2009bb3 - Supplements to Federal grant programs

(a) Finding 
Congress finds that certain States and local communities of the region may be unable to take maximum advantage of Federal grant programs for which the States and communities are eligible because
(1) they lack the economic resources to provide the required matching share; or
(2) there are insufficient funds available under the applicable Federal law authorizing the Federal grant program to meet pressing needs of the region.
(b) Federal grant program funding 
Notwithstanding any provision of law limiting the Federal share, the areas eligible for assistance, or the authorizations of appropriations, under any Federal grant program, and in accordance with subsection (c) of this section, the Authority, with the approval of the Federal cochairperson and with respect to a project to be carried out in the region
(1) may increase the Federal share of the costs of a project under any Federal grant program to not more than 90 percent (except as provided in section 2009bb–5 (b) of this title); and
(2) shall use amounts made available to carry out this subchapter to pay the increased Federal share.
(c) Certifications 

(1) In general 
In the case of any project for which all or any portion of the basic Federal share of the costs of the project is proposed to be paid under this section, no Federal contribution shall be made until the Federal official administering the Federal law that authorizes the Federal grant program certifies that the project
(A) meets (except as provided in subsection (b) of this section) the applicable requirements of the applicable Federal grant program; and
(B) could be approved for Federal contribution under the Federal grant program if funds were available under the law for the project.
(2) Certification by Authority 

(A) In general 
The certifications and determinations required to be made by the Authority for approval of projects under this Act in accordance with section 2009bb–8 of this title
(i) shall be controlling; and
(ii) shall be accepted by the Federal agencies.
(B) Acceptance by Federal cochairperson 
In the case of any project described in paragraph (1), any finding, report, certification, or documentation required to be submitted with respect to the project to the head of the department, agency, or instrumentality of the Federal Government responsible for the administration of the Federal grant program under which the project is carried out shall be accepted by the Federal cochairperson.

7 USC 2009bb4 - Multistate and local development districts and organizations and Northern Great Plains Inc.

(a) Definition of multistate and local development district or organization 
In this section, the term multistate and local development district or organization means an entity
(1) that
(A) is a planning district in existence on May 13, 2002, that is recognized by the Economic Development Administration of the Department of Commerce; or
(B) is
(i) organized and operated in a manner that ensures broad-based community participation and an effective opportunity for other nonprofit groups to contribute to the development and implementation of programs in the region;
(ii) a nonprofit incorporated body organized or chartered under the law of the State in which the entity is located;
(iii) a nonprofit agency or instrumentality of a State or local government;
(iv) a public organization established before May 13, 2002, under State law for creation of multijurisdictional, area-wide planning organizations;
(v) a nonprofit agency or instrumentality of a State that was established for the purpose of assisting with multistate cooperation; or
(vi) a nonprofit association or combination of bodies, agencies, and instrumentalities described in clauses (ii) through (v); and
(2) that has not, as certified by the Authority (in consultation with the Federal cochairperson or Secretary, as appropriate)
(A) inappropriately used Federal grant funds from any Federal source; or
(B) appointed an officer who, during the period in which another entity inappropriately used Federal grant funds from any Federal source, was an officer of the other entity.
(b) Grants to multistate, local, or regional development districts and organizations 

(1) In general 
The Authority may make grants for administrative expenses under this section to multistate, local, and regional development districts and organizations.
(2) Conditions for grants 

(A) Maximum amount 
The amount of any grant awarded under paragraph (1) shall not exceed 80 percent of the administrative expenses of the multistate, local, or regional development district or organization receiving the grant.
(B) Maximum period 
No grant described in paragraph (1) shall be awarded for a period greater than 3 years.
(3) Local share 
The contributions of a multistate, local, or regional development district or organization for administrative expenses may be in cash or in kind, fairly evaluated, including space, equipment, and services.
(c) Duties 

(1) In general 
Except as provided in paragraph (2), a local development district shall operate as a lead organization serving multicounty areas in the region at the local level.
(2) Designation 
The Federal cochairperson may designate an Indian tribe or multijurisdictional organization to serve as a lead organization in such cases as the Federal cochairperson or Secretary, as appropriate, determines appropriate.
(d) Northern Great Plains Inc. 
Northern Great Plains Inc., a nonprofit corporation incorporated in the State of Minnesota to implement the recommendations of the Northern Great Plains Rural Development Commission established by the Northern Great Plains Rural Development Act (7 U.S.C. 2661 note ; Public Law 103318)
(1) shall serve as an independent, primary resource for the Authority on issues of concern to the region;
(2) shall advise the Authority on development of international trade;
(3) may provide research, education, training, and other support to the Authority; and
(4) may carry out other activities on its own behalf or on behalf of other entities.

7 USC 2009bb5 - Distressed counties and areas and nondistressed counties

(a) Designations 
Not later than 90 days after May 13, 2002, and annually thereafter, the Authority, in accordance with such criteria as the Authority may establish, shall designate
(1) as distressed counties, counties in the region that are the most severely and persistently distressed and underdeveloped and have high rates of poverty, unemployment, or outmigration;
(2) as nondistressed counties, counties in the region that are not designated as distressed counties under paragraph (1); and
(3) as isolated areas of distress, areas located in nondistressed counties (as designated under paragraph (2)) that have high rates of poverty, unemployment, or outmigration.
(b) Distressed counties 

(1) In general 
The Authority shall allocate at least 50 percent of the appropriations made available under section 2009bb–12 of this title for programs and projects designed to serve the needs of distressed counties and isolated areas of distress in the region.
(2) Funding limitations 
The funding limitations under section 2009bb–3 (b) of this title shall not apply to a project to provide transportation or telecommunication or basic public services to residents of 1 or more distressed counties or isolated areas of distress in the region.
(c) Transportation, telecommunication 1 renewable energy,,1 and basic public infrastructure 
The Authority shall allocate at least 50 percent of any funds made available under section 2009bb–12 of this title for transportation, telecommunication,,[1] renewable energy, and basic public infrastructure projects authorized under paragraphs (1) and (3) of section 2009bb–2 (a) of this title.
[1] So in original.

7 USC 2009bb6 - Development planning process

(a) State development plan 
In accordance with policies established by the Authority, each State member shall submit a development plan for the area of the region represented by the State member.
(b) Content of plan 
A State development plan submitted under subsection (a) of this section shall reflect the goals, objectives, and priorities identified in the regional development plan developed under section 2009bb–1 (d)(2) of this title.
(c) Consultation with interested local parties 
In carrying out the development planning process (including the selection of programs and projects for assistance), a State may
(1) consult with
(A) multistate, regional, and local development districts and organizations; and
(B) local units of government; and
(2) take into consideration the goals, objectives, priorities, and recommendations of the entities described in paragraph (1).
(d) Public participation 

(1) In general 
The Authority and applicable multistate, regional, and local development districts and organizations shall encourage and assist, to the maximum extent practicable, public participation in the development, revision, and implementation of all plans and programs under this subchapter.
(2) Regulations 
The Authority shall develop guidelines for providing public participation described in paragraph (1), including public hearings.

7 USC 2009bb7 - Program development criteria

(a) In general 
In considering programs and projects to be provided assistance under this subchapter, and in establishing a priority ranking of the requests for assistance provided to the Authority, the Authority shall follow procedures that ensure, to the maximum extent practicable, consideration of
(1) the relationship of the project or class of projects to overall multistate or regional development;
(2) the per capita income and poverty and unemployment and outmigration rates in an area;
(3) the financial resources available to the applicants for assistance seeking to carry out the project, with emphasis on ensuring that projects are adequately financed to maximize the probability of successful economic development;
(4) the importance of the project or class of projects in relation to other projects or classes of projects that may be in competition for the same funds;
(5) the prospects that the project for which assistance is sought will improve, on a continuing rather than a temporary basis, the opportunities for employment, the average level of income, or the economic development of the area to be served by the project; and
(6) the extent to which the project design provides for detailed outcome measurements by which grant expenditures and the results of the expenditures may be evaluated.
(b) No relocation assistance 
No financial assistance authorized by this subchapter shall be used to assist a person or entity in relocating from one area to another, except that financial assistance may be used as otherwise authorized by this chapter to attract businesses from outside the region to the region.
(c) Maintenance of effort 
Funds may be provided for a program or project in a State under this subchapter only if the Authority determines that the level of Federal or State financial assistance provided under a law other than this subchapter, for the same type of program or project in the same area of the State within the region, will not be reduced as a result of funds made available by this subchapter.

7 USC 2009bb8 - Approval of development plans and projects

(a) In general 
A State or regional development plan or any multistate subregional plan that is proposed for development under this subchapter shall be reviewed by the Authority.
(b) Evaluation by State member 
An application for a grant or any other assistance for a project under this subchapter shall be made through and evaluated for approval by the State member of the Authority representing the applicant.
(c) Certification 
An application for a grant or other assistance for a project shall be approved only on certification by the State member that the application for the project
(1) describes ways in which the project complies with any applicable State development plan;
(2) meets applicable criteria under section 2009bb–7 of this title;
(3) provides adequate assurance that the proposed project will be properly administered, operated, and maintained; and
(4) otherwise meets the requirements of this subchapter.
(d) Votes for decisions 
On certification by a State member of the Authority of an application for a grant or other assistance for a specific project under this section, an affirmative vote of the Authority under section 2009bb–1 (c) of this title shall be required for approval of the application.

7 USC 2009bb9 - Consent of States

Nothing in this subchapter requires any State to engage in or accept any program under this subchapter without the consent of the State.

7 USC 2009bb10 - Records

(a) Records of the Authority 

(1) In general 
The Authority shall maintain accurate and complete records of all transactions and activities of the Authority.
(2) Availability 
All records of the Authority shall be available for audit and examination by the Comptroller General of the United States and the Inspector General of the Department of Agriculture (including authorized representatives of the Comptroller General and the Inspector General of the Department of Agriculture).
(b) Records of recipients of Federal assistance 

(1) In general 
A recipient of Federal funds under this subchapter shall, as required by the Authority, maintain accurate and complete records of transactions and activities financed with Federal funds and report to the Authority on the transactions and activities to the Authority.
(2) Availability 
All records required under paragraph (1) shall be available for audit by the Comptroller General of the United States, the Inspector General of the Department of Agriculture, and the Authority (including authorized representatives of the Comptroller General, the Inspector General of the Department of Agriculture, and the Authority).
(c) Annual audit 
The Inspector General of the Department of Agriculture shall audit the activities, transactions, and records of the Authority on an annual basis.

7 USC 2009bb11 - Annual report

Not later than 180 days after the end of each fiscal year, the Authority shall submit to the President and to Congress a report describing the activities carried out under this subchapter.

7 USC 2009bb12 - Authorization of appropriations

(a) In general 
There is authorized to be appropriated to the Authority to carry out this subchapter $30,000,000 for each of fiscal years 2008 through 2012, to remain available until expended.
(b) Administrative expenses 
Not more than 5 percent of the amount appropriated under subsection (a) of this section for a fiscal year shall be used for administrative expenses of the Authority.
(c) Minimum State share of grants 
Notwithstanding any other provision of this subchapter, for any fiscal year, the aggregate amount of grants received by a State and all persons or entities in the State under this subchapter shall be not less than 1/3 of the product obtained by multiplying
(1) the aggregate amount of grants under this subchapter for the fiscal year; and
(2) the ratio that
(A) the population of the State (as determined by the Secretary of Commerce based on the most recent decennial census for which data are available); bears to
(B) the population of the region (as so determined).

7 USC 2009bb13 - Termination of authority

The authority provided by this subchapter terminates effective October 1, 2012.