Text: H.R.5519 — 101st Congress (1989-1990)All Information (Except Text)

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HR 5519 IH
2d Session
 H. R. 5519
To establish the National Atomic Museum.
August 3, 1990
Mr. SCHIFF introduced the following bill; which was referred jointly to the
Committees on Armed Services and Energy and Commerce
To establish the National Atomic Museum.
  Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United
  States of America in Congress assembled,
  The museum exhibiting materials relating to nuclear science, atomic energy,
  atomic weapons, and peacetime uses of atomic energy that is operated by the
  Secretary of Energy (hereafter in this Act referred to as the `Secretary')
  on the grounds of the Kirtland Air Force Base, New Mexico, is established
  as the National Atomic Museum (hereafter in this Act referred to as the
  The museum shall--
  (1) provide, for the benefit and education of the public, a readily
  accessible repository of information and materials reflecting the atomic age;
  (2) serve as an educational resource for students, scholars, and the public
  in the field of nuclear science; and
  (3) preserve, interpret, and exhibit to the public memorabilia, models,
  and artifacts of significance (and replicas thereof) in the development
  of nuclear science, atomic energy, atomic weapons, and peacetime uses of
  atomic energy, with emphasis on the history of atomic weapons and other
  areas of research, development, and production conducted by laboratories
  and facilities of the Department of Energy and its predecessor agencies.
  (a) IN GENERAL- (1) The museum shall be administered by the Secretary
  under such arrangements for the use of the facilities at Kirtland Air
  Force Base as are satisfactory to the Secretary and the Secretary of the
  Air Force, in consultation with, and with the cooperation of, the heads of
  departments and agencies of the United States that have functions relating
  to the development and use of nuclear energy.
  (2) The Secretary shall--
  (A) appoint a director of the museum to be responsible for the management
  and operation of the museum; and
  (B) allocate to the museum sufficient funds for--
  (i) the operation and maintenance of the museum;
  (ii) the conduct of special activities at the museum; and
  (iii) the making of necessary capital improvements to the museum.
  (b) GIFTS TO THE MUSEUM- For the purposes of section 652 of the Department
  of Energy Organization Act (42 U.S.C. 7262), activities carried out under
  this Act shall be considered to be the work of the Department of Energy.
  (c) AUTHORIZED ACTIVITIES- In carrying out this Act, the Secretary may--
  (1) operate a museum shop for sale to the public of mementos, replicas of
  artifacts and memorabilia, literature, and other items of an informative
  or educational nature relating to the contents of the museum and the
  development and use of nuclear energy;
  (2) mount displays, hold exhibitions, and conduct seminars on the
  development of nuclear energy, on or off the museum premises, and make
  reasonable charges to defray the costs thereof; and
  (3) conduct other activities appropriate to the operation of a museum,
  including the acquisition of materials for and the operation of a library,
  the storage and preservation of artifacts and materials, and the preparation
  and distribution of literature, advertising, and other forms of communication
  to acquaint the public with the museum.
  (a) IN GENERAL- Notwithstanding section 1342 of title 31, United States Code,
  the Secretary may accept the services of, recruit, and train volunteers
  to assist in the interpretive services and other functions and activities
  of the museum.
  (b) STATUS OF VOLUNTEERS- A volunteer employed under subsection (a) shall
  not be considered to be an employee of the United States except for the
  purposes of--
  (1) sections 5703 and 5901 and chapter 81 of title 5, United States Code; and
  (2) chapter 171 of title 28, United States Code.
  (c) ADVISORY COMMITTEES- The Secretary may establish permanent or temporary
  committees of persons with expertise in appropriate subject areas to provide
  studies, consultation, advice, or assistance to the museum regarding--
  (1) improvements in the museum's facilities and in its operation and
  (2) proposed changes in the location, size, mission, or nature of the museum;
  (3) solicitation of gifts and volunteer services for the museum; and
  (4) other matters of concern to the museum.