H.R. 14795 (94th): A bill to effect certain reorganizations of the Department of Justice, to establish an office of congressional legal counsel, to set certain financial disclosure requirements for various Government personnel.

Jul 21, 1976 (94th Congress, 1975–1976)
Died (Referred to Committee)
Edward Hutchinson
Representative for Michigan's 4th congressional district

This bill was introduced on July 21, 1976, in a previous session of Congress, but was not enacted.

Introduced Jul 21, 1976
Referred to Committee Jul 21, 1976

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Title I - Amendments to Title 28, United States Code
Establishes, within the Department of Justice, an Office of Special Prosecutor headed by a Special Prosecutor. Establishes within the Criminal Division of the Department a Section on Government Crimes headed by a Director. Establishes an Office of Professional Responsibility within the Department headed by a Counsel on Professional Responsibility. States that the Special Prosecutor and the Director shall be appointed by the President by and with the advice and consent of the Senate. States that nominees for either office shall not be appointed if such nominee has at any time during the past five years held a high- level position on the personal campaign staff of or an organization or political party working on behalf of a candidate for any elective Federal office.
Directs the Attorney General to appoint the Counsel on Professional Responsibility to conduct investigations to determine if any employee of the Department has violated any laws, regulations, or standards of conduct.
Directs the Special Prosecutor to investigate and prosecute any President, Vice President, Attorney General, Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Member of Congress or other specified Federal officials who are alleged to have violated a Federal criminal law.
Directs the Director of the Section on Government Crimes to investigate and prosecute criminal violations of Federal law committed by any elected or appointed Federal Government officer, or employee (other than members of the military) related directly or indirectly to his government position, employment, or compensation and criminal violations of Federal laws relating to lobbying campaigns, and election to public office committed by any person.
Title II - Congressional Legal Counsel
Establishes as an office of Congress the Office of Congressional Legal Counsel headed by a Congressional Legal Counsel over which the Joint Committee on Congressional Operations shall exercise oversight jurisdiction.
States that upon written certification by the Attorney General declining to provide needed legal representation, the Congressional Legal Counsel, at the direction of Congress or the appropriate House of congress, shall defend Congress, a House of Congress, an office or agency of Congress, a committee or subcommittee, or any Member, officer, or employee of a House of Congress in any civil action pending in any court of the United States or of a State or political subdivision thereof in which Congress or such person is a party defendant and in which there is placed in issue the validity of any proceeding or action; or in any civil action pending in any court of the United States or of a State or political subdivision thereof with respect to any subpena or order directed to Congress, such House, committee, subcommittee, Member, officer, employee, office, or agency.
States that representation of a Member, officer, or employee under this Act shall be undertaken by the Congressional Legal Counsel only upon the consent of such Member, officer, or employee.
Permits the Congressional Legal Counsel to undertake his responsibility without express direction by Congress if Congress or the appropriate House of Congress is not in session.
Enumerates constitutional powers of the Members and Houses of Congress which the Congressional Legal Counsel must vigorously defend.
Specifies procedures to be followed with respect to conflict or inconsistancy of the duties set forth in this Act. Authorizes to be appropriated such sums as may be necessary to carry out the provisions of this title.
Title III - Government Personnel; Financial Disclosure Requirements
Requires specified Federal employees to file financial disclosure statements including the President, Vice President, Members of Congress, judges, Federal employees being paid at the rate for the grade GS-16 or above, military officers grade 0-6 and above, and candidates for President, Vice President or Congress for any year during which such individual has held such status for over 90 days.
States that an individual shall include in such financial disclosure statement each item of income or reimbursement and each gift received, each item received in kind, each asset held, each transaction in commodities futures and in securities, each purchase or sale of real property or interest in any real property, and each patent right or interest in any real property, and each patent right or interest in any patent right held by him, his spouse, or any of his dependents, or by him and his spouse jointly, him and any of his dependents jointly, on his behalf which are valued over specified dollar amounts.
Requires the Comptroller General to audit at specified intervals statements filed pursuant to this Act and to report any conflict of interests disclosed by such statements.
Makes the statements filed under this Act, with some specified exceptions, available to the public Authorizes to be appropriated for each fiscal year through fiscal year 1981 such sums as may be necessary to carry out the purposes of this title.

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