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H.R. 3375 (86th): An Act to encourage and stimulate the production and conservation of coal in the United States through research and development by authorizing the Secretary of the Interior, acting through the Bureau of Mines, to contract for coal research, and for other purpose

The text of the bill below is as of Jul 7, 1960 (Passed Congress).

336                                        PUBLIC LAW 86-599-JULY 7, 1960                 [74   ST AT

                        Public Law 86-599
   July 7, 1960                                             AN ACT
   [H. R. 3375]         To encourage and stimulate the production and conservation of coal in the
                          United States through research and development by authorizing the Secretary
                          of the Interior to contract for coal research, and for other purposes.

                           Be it enacted hy the Senate and House of Representatives of the
  Coal.                 United States of America in Congress assembled, That as used in
                        this Act—
                           (a) The term "Secretary'' means the Secretary of the Interior.
                           (b) The term "research" means scientific, technical, and economic
                        research and the practical application of that research.
   Office of Coal          SEC. 2. The Secretary shall establish within the Department of the
Research, e s t a b -
lishment.               Interior an Office of Coal Research, and through such Office shall—
                                 (1) develop through research, new and more efficient methods
                             of mining, preparing, and utilizing coal;
                                 (2) contract for, sponsor, cosponsor, and promote the coordi-
                             nation of, research with recognized interested groups, including
                             but not limited to, coal trade associations, coal research associa-
                             tions, educational institutions, and agencies of States and political
                             subdivisions of States;
                                 (3) establish technical advisory committees composed of recog-
                             nized experts in various aspects of coal research to assist in the
                             examination and evaluation of research progress and of all
                              research proposals and contracts and to insure the avoidance of
                              duplication of research; and
                                 (4) cooperate to the fullest extent possible with other depart-
                             ments, agencies, and independent establishments of the Federal
                              Government and with State governments, and with all other
                              interested agencies, governmental and nongovernmental.
  Advisory c o m-          SEC. 3. (a) Any advisory committee appointed under the provisions
mit t e e s, proce-
dures.                  of this Act shall keep minutes of each meeting, which shall contain as
                        a minimum (1) the name of each person attending such meeting,
                         (2) a copy of the agenda, and (3) a record of all votes or polls taken
                        during the meeting.
                           (b) A copy of any such minutes or of any report made by any such
                        committee after final action has been taken thereon by the Secretary
                        shall be available to the public upon request and payment of the cost
                        of furnishing such copy.
  Compensation.            (c) Members of any advigory committee appointed from private life
                        under authority of this section shall each receive $50 per diem w^hen
                        engaged in the actual performance of their duties as a member of
                        such advisory committee. Such members shall also be entitled to
                        travel expenses and per diem in lieu of subsistence at the rates author-
                        ized by section 5 of the Administrative Expenses Act of 1946 (5 U.S.C.
  60 Stat. 808,         73b-2) for all persons employed intermittently as consultants or ex-
                        perts receiving compensation on a per diem basis.
                           (d) Service by an individual as a member of such an advisory
                        committee shall not subject him to the provisions of section 1914 of
                        title 18 of the United States Code, or, except with respect to a particu-
                        lar matter which directly involves the Office of Coal Research or in
                        which the Office of Coal Research is directly interested, to the pro-
                        visions of sections 281, 283, or 284 of that title or of section 190 of the
                        Revised Statutes (5 U.S.C. 99).
  Coal Research,
                           SEC. 4. The Secretary may appoint a Director of Coal Research
                        without regard to the provisions of the civil service laws, or the Clas-
  5 u s e 1071 note.    sification Act of 1949, as amended. Section 107(a) of the Federal
  70 Stat. 739.
                        Executive Pay Act, as amended (5 U.S.C. 2206(a)), which prescribes

74 STAT.] PUBLIC LAW 86-600-JULY 7, 1960 337 an annual rate of basic compensation of $17,500 for certain positions, is amended by adding at the end thereof the following paragraph: "(23) Director of Coal Research, Department of the Interior". SEO. 5. Research authorized by this Act may be conducted wherever suitable personnel and facilities are available. SEC. 6. No research shall be carried out, contracted for, sponsored, cosponsored, or authorized under authority of this Act, unless all in- formation, uses, products, processes, patents, and other developments resulting from such research will (with such exceptions and limita- tions, if any, as the Secretary may find to be necessary in the interest of national defense) be available to the general public. Whenever in the estimation of the Secretary the purposes of this Act would be furthered through the use of patented processes or equipment, the Secretary is authorized to enter into such agreements as he deems necessary for the acquisition or use of such patents on reasonable terms and conditions. Report to Presi- SEC. 7. The Secretary shall submit to the President and the Con- dent and Congress. gress, on or before February 15 of each year, beginning with the year 1961, a comprehensive report concerning activities under the authority of this Act, including information on all research projects conducted, sponsored, or cosponsored under the authority of this Act during the preceding year. SEC. 8. (a) There is hereby authorized to be appropriated, out of Appropriation. any money m the Treasury not otherwise appropriated, to remain available until expended, not to exceed $2,000,000 to be used to carry out the purposes of this Act for the fiscal year beginning July 1,1960. (b) There are hereby authorized to be appropriated for each fiscal year beginning after June 30, 1961, such sums as may be necessary to carry out the purposes of this Act. (c) Sums appropriated to carry out the purposes of this Act shall remain available until expended. Approved July 7, 1960. Public Law 86-600 AN ACT July 7, I960 [H. R. 3923] To provide for the presentation of a medal to persons wlio have served as members of a United States expedition to Antarctica. Be it exacted hy the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of Am,e7ica in Congress assembled, T h a t each person Antarctic expedi- tion. who serves, or has served, as a member of a United States expedition Medals for mem- bers. to Antarctica between January 1, 1946, and a date to be subsequently established by the Secretary of Defense shall be presented a medal iv^ith accompanying ribbons and appurtenances, under regulations to be prescribed by the Secretary of the Military Departments under whose cognizance the expedition falls, such regulations to be subject to the approval of the Secretary of Defense. The regulations may include provisions for award to civilian as well as uniformed mem- bers and for posthumous awards. Members of the Armed Forces of the United States who are presented the medal referred to in the first section of this Act may wear such medal and the ribbon symbolic of such medal in such man- ner as shall be prescribed by regulations approved by the Secretary of Defense. Approved July 7, 1960. 48232 0-61-22