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H.R. 2615 (114th): Virgin Islands of the United States Centennial Commission Act

The text of the bill below is as of Jun 2, 2015 (Introduced).


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114th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. R. 2615

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

June 2, 2015

introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform

A BILL

To establish the Virgin Islands of the United States Centennial Commission.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Virgin Islands of the United States Centennial Commission Act .

2.

Definitions

For purposes of this Act, the term State means each of the several States, the District of Columbia, each territory or possession of the United States, and each federally recognized Indian tribe.

3.

Establishment

There is established a commission to be known as the Virgin Islands of the United States Centennial Commission (in this Act referred to as the Commission).

4.

Duties of commission

The Commission shall—

(1)

plan, develop, and carry out such activities as the Commission considers fitting and proper to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Virgin Islands of the United States becoming an unincorporated territory of the United States;

(2)

provide advice and assistance to Federal, State, and local governmental agencies, as well as civic groups to carry out activities to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Virgin Islands of the United States becoming an unincorporated territory of the United States; and

(3)

submit to the President and Congress reports pursuant to section 8.

5.

Membership

(a)

Number and Appointment

The Commission shall be composed of 8 members as follows:

(1)

The Assistant Secretary of the Interior for Insular Affairs or his designee.

(2)

One member appointed by the Governor of the Virgin Islands of the United States or his designee.

(3)

Two Members of the House of Representatives appointed by the Speaker of the House of Representatives.

(4)

One Member of the House of Representatives appointed by the minority leader of the House of Representatives.

(5)

Two Members of the Senate appointed by the majority leader of the Senate.

(6)

One Member of the Senate appointed by the minority leader of the Senate.

(b)

Alternative appointment

If the Governor of the Virgin Islands of the United States or his designee declines to make such appointment under subsection (a)(2), such member shall be appointed by the Delegate of the Virgin Islands of the United States.

(c)

Terms

Each member of the Commission shall be appointed for the life of the Commission.

(d)

Deadline for Appointment

All members of the Commission shall be appointed not later than 90 days after the date of the enactment of this Act.

(e)

Vacancies

A vacancy on the Commission shall—

(1)

not affect the powers of the Commission; and

(2)

be filled in the manner in which the original appointment was made.

(f)

Rates of Pay

Members shall not receive compensation for the performance of their duties on behalf of the Commission.

(g)

Travel Expenses

Each member of the Commission shall be reimbursed for travel and per diem in lieu of subsistence expenses during the performance of duties of the Commission while away from home or his or her regular place of business, in accordance with applicable provisions under subchapter I of chapter 57 of title 5, United States Code.

(h)

Quorum

A majority of the members of the Commission shall constitute a quorum to conduct business, but two or more members may hold hearings.

(i)

Chairperson

The chairperson of the Commission shall be selected by the Delegate of the United States Virgin Islands.

6.

Director And Staff Of Commission

(a)

Director and staff

The Commission shall appoint an executive director considering the recommendation of the Delegate of the Virgin Islands of the United States, and shall appoint such other additional personnel as are necessary to enable the Commission to perform its duties.

(b)

Applicability of Certain Civil Service Laws

The executive director and staff of the Commission may be appointed without regard to the provisions of title 5, United States Code, governing appointments in the competitive service, and may be paid without regard to the provisions of chapter 51 and subchapter III of chapter 53 of such title relating to classification and General Schedule pay rates, except that the rate of pay for the executive director and other staff may not exceed the rate payable for level III of the Executive Schedule under section 5316 of such title.

(c)

Detail of Federal Employees

Upon request of the Commission, the Secretary of the Interior or the Archivist of the United States may detail, on a reimbursable basis, any of the personnel of that department or agency to the Commission to assist it in carrying out its duties under this Act.

(d)

Experts and Consultants

The Commission may procure such temporary and intermittent services from experts and consultants as are necessary to enable the Commission to perform its duties.

(e)

Volunteer and Uncompensated Services

Notwithstanding section 1342 of title 31, United States Code, the Commission may accept and use voluntary and uncompensated services as the Commission determines necessary.

7.

Powers Of Commission

(a)

Hearings

The Commission may, for the purpose of carrying out this Act, hold hearings, sit and act at times and places, take testimony, and receive evidence as the Commission considers appropriate.

(b)

Mails

The Commission may use the United States mails in the same manner and under the same conditions as other departments and agencies of the United States.

(c)

Obtaining Official Data

The Commission may secure directly from any department or agency of the United States information necessary to enable it to carry out its duties under this Act. Upon request of the chairperson of the Commission, the head of that department or agency shall furnish that information to the Commission.

(d)

Gifts, Bequests, Devises

The Commission may solicit, accept, use, and dispose of gifts, bequests, or devises of money, services, or property, both real and personal, for the purpose of aiding or facilitating its work.

(e)

Available Space

Upon the request of the Commission, the Administrator of General Services shall make available to the Commission, at a normal rental rate for Federal agencies, such assistance and facilities as may be necessary for the Commission to carry out its duties under this Act.

(f)

Contract Authority

The Commission may enter into contracts with and compensate government and private agencies or persons to enable the Commission to discharge its duties under this Act.

8.

Reports

(a)

Annual Reports

The Commission shall submit to the President and the Congress annual reports on the activities of the Commission as well as the revenue and expenditures of the Commission, including a list of each gift, bequest, or devise to the Commission with a value of more than $250, together with the identity of the donor of each gift, bequest, or devise.

(b)

Final Report

Not later than January 31, 2018, the Commission shall submit a final report to the President and the Congress containing—

(1)

a summary of the activities of the Commission; and

(2)

a final accounting of funds received and expended by the Commission.

9.

Termination

The Commission may terminate on such date as the Commission may determine after it submits its final report under section 8(b), but not later than September 30, 2018.

10.

Annual audit

The Inspector General of the Department of the Interior may perform an audit of the Commission, shall make the results of any audit performed available to the public, and shall transmit such results to the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform of the House of Representatives and the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs of the Senate.