< Back to H.Res. 61 (105th Congress, 1997–1998)

Text of To provide for independent investigations and factfinding for ethics investigations.

This resolution was introduced on February 13, 1997, in a previous session of Congress, but was not enacted. The text of the bill below is as of Feb 13, 1997 (Introduced).

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HRES 61 IH

105th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. RES. 61

To provide for independent investigations and factfinding for ethics investigations.

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

February 13, 1997

Mr. HAMILTON (for himself and Mr. DREIER) submitted the following resolution; which was referred to the Committee on Rules


RESOLUTION

To provide for independent investigations and factfinding for ethics investigations.

    Resolved,

SECTION. 1. INDEPENDENT INVESTIGATIONS AND FACTFINDING FOR ETHICS INVESTIGATIONS.

    (a) APPOINTMENT OF INDEPENDENT PANEL- (1) The Speaker and the minority leader of the House of Representatives shall appoint jointly 20 independent factfinders at the beginning of each Congress (but in the case of the One Hundred Fifth Congress within 30 calendar days after the adoption of this resolution) to carry out investigations on behalf of the House of Representatives as required by the Committee on Standards of Official Conduct. Independent factfinders appointed under this section may include former Members of Congress, former officers or employees of the Congress, or other private citizens.

    (2) No individual who engages in, or is otherwise employed in, lobbying of the Congress and who is required under the Federal Regulation of Lobbying Act to register with the Clerk of the House of Representatives or the Secretary of the Senate shall be considered eligible for appointment as an independent factfinder under this subsection.

    (b) COMPENSATION OF FACTFINDERS-

      (1) IN GENERAL- Each independent factfinder shall be compensated at a rate equal to the daily equivalent of the annual rate of basic pay prescribed for level IV of the Executive Schedule under section 5315 of title 5, United States Code, for each day (including travel time) during which the independent factfinder is engaged in the performance of his or her duties under this section.

      (2) TRAVEL EXPENSES- Each independent factfinder shall be allowed travel expenses, including per diem in lieu of subsistence, at rates authorized for employees of agencies under subchapter I of chapter 57 of title 5, United States Code, while away from his or her home or regular place of business in the performance of his or her duties under this section.

SEC. 2. USE OF INDEPENDENT FACTFINDERS BY THE COMMITTEE ON STANDARDS OF OFFICIAL CONDUCT.

    The Committee on Standards of Official Conduct of the House of Representatives shall adopt rules--

      (1) allowing the committee to decide whether to use, on a case-by-case basis, 4 or 6 independent factfinders appointed in lieu of a 4 or 6-member investigative subcommittee whenever the committee votes to conduct a preliminary inquiry;

      (2) providing for the joint selection of 4 or 6 independent factfinders by the chairman and ranking minority party member from the pool of 20 independent factfinders appointed pursuant to section 1(a);

      (3) providing that whenever independent factfinders are used in lieu of a 4 or 6-member investigative subcommittee--

        (A) upon completion of an investigation, the independent factfinders shall report their findings of fact and recommendations, if any, to the committee;

        (B) if the independent factfinders, by majority vote, adopt a statement of alleged violation, the entire committee shall be deemed to be an adjudicatory subcommittee and be governed by the rules adopted by the committee to carry out section 803(d) of the Ethics Reform Act of 1989;

      (4) providing that independent factfinders conducting an investigation pursuant to this subsection shall have the same power to investigate as vested in the investigative subcommittee, subject to the approval of the chairman and ranking minority party member; and

      (5) providing that the staff of the committee shall assist the independent factfinders in carrying out their responsibilities.