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HR 3816 IH
102d CONGRESS
1st Session
 H. R. 3816
To establish a Second National Blue Ribbon Commission to Eliminate Waste
in Government.
IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
November 19, 1991
Mr. LOWERY of California, (for himself, Mr. PALLONE, Mr. COX of California,
Mr. ALLEN, Mr. ANDERSON, Mr. ANDREWS of Texas, Mr. ARMEY, Mr. BACCHUS,
Mr. BAKER, Mr. BARNARD, Mr. BARTON of Texas, Mr. BENNETT, Mr. BILBRAY,
Mr. BILIRAKIS, Mr. BOEHNER, Mr. BUNNING, Mr. BURTON, Mr. BUSTAMANTE,
Mrs. BYRON, Mr. CAMP, Mr. CAMPBELL of Colorado, Mr. CHANDLER, Mr. CHAPMAN,
Mr. COBLE, Mr. COLEMAN of Texas, Mr. CONDIT, Mr. COUGHLIN, Mr. CUNNINGHAM,
Mr. DANNEMEYER, Mr. DARDEN, Mr. DELAY, Mr. DICKS, Mr. DONNELLY, Mr. DREIER,
Mr. DUNCAN, Mr. DWYER, Mr. EDWARDS of Oklahoma, Mr. EMERSON, Mr. EWING,
Mr. FAWELL, Mr. FRANKS, Mr. GALLEGLY, Mr. GALLO, Mr. GEREN of Texas,
Mr. GILMAN, Mr. GINGRICH, Mr. GOSS, Mr. GREEN, Mr. GUNDERSON, Mr. HANCOCK,
Mr. HASTERT, Mr. HAYES of Louisiana, Mr. HEFLEY, Mr. HENRY, Mr. HOLLOWAY,
Mr. HUBBARD, Mr. HUCKABY, Mr. HUGHES, Mr. HUNTER, Mr. HUTTO, Mr. HYDE,
Mr. JACOBS, Mr. JENKINS, Mr. KASICH, Mr. KYL, Mr. LAGOMARSINO, Mr. LENT,
Mr. LEWIS of California, Mr. LIGHTFOOT, Mr. LIVINGSTON, Mr. MCCRERY,
Mr. MCCURDY, Mr. MCDADE, Mr. MCEWEN, Mr. MCGRATH, Mr. MCMILLAN of North
Carolina, Mrs. MEYERS of Kansas, Mr. MILLER of Ohio, Mr. MONTGOMERY,
Mr. MOORHEAD, Mr. MRAZEK, Mr. MYERS of Indiana, Mr. NEAL of North Carolina,
Mr. OWENS of Utah, Mr. OXLEY, Mr. PACKARD, Mr. PAXON, Mr. PAYNE of Virginia,
Mr. PENNY, Mr. PICKETT, Mr. PICKLE, Mr. PORTER, Mr. QUILLEN, Mr. RAMSTAD,
Mr. RHODES, Mr. RIGGS, Mr. SAXTON, Mr. SCHAEFER, Mr. SCHIFF, Mr. SCHULZE,
Mr. SHAW, Mr. SHAYS, Mr. SKEEN, Mr. SLATTERY, Mr. SMITH of New Jersey,
Mr. SMITH of Oregon, Ms. SNOWE, Mr. SOLOMON, Mr. STENHOLM, Mr. STUMP,
Mr. SUNDQUIST, Mr. TALLON, Mr. TAUZIN, Mr. TAYLOR of Mississippi, Mr. THOMAS of
Georgia, Mr. THOMAS of California, Mr. TORRICELLI, Mr. UPTON, Mr. VALENTINE,
Mr. VOLKMER, Mrs. VUCANOVICH, Mr. WALKER, Mr. WEBER, Mr. WILSON, Mr. YATRON,
Mr. YOUNG of Alaska, Mr. YOUNG of Florida, Mr. ZELIFF, Mr. ROHRABACHER,
Mr. PURSELL, Mr. BEILENSON, Mr. INHOFE, Mr. BROOMFIELD, Mr. THOMAS of Wyoming,
Mr. HOBSON, Mr. LEACH, Mr. CAMPBELL of California, Ms. LONG, Mr. DOOLITTLE,
Mr. REGULA, Mr. KOLBE, Mr. HALL of Texas, Mr. MCMILLEN of Maryland, Mr. BLILEY,
Mr. DAVIS, and Mr. MURPHY) introduced the following bill; which was referred
to the Committee on Government Operations
A BILL
To establish a Second National Blue Ribbon Commission to Eliminate Waste
in Government.
  Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United
  States of America in Congress assembled,
SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.
  This Act may be cited as the `Second National Blue Ribbon Commission to
  Eliminate Waste in Government Act'.
SEC. 2. ESTABLISHMENT.
  There is established a commission known as the Second National Blue Ribbon
  Commission to Eliminate Waste in Government (in this Act referred to as the
  `Commission').
SEC. 3. DUTIES.
  (a) IN GENERAL- It shall be the duty of the Commission--
  (1) to conduct a private sector survey on management and cost control in
  the Federal Government;
  (2) to conduct in-depth reviews of the operations of the executive agencies;
  (3) to review existing Government Accounting Office (GAO), Congressional
  Budget Office (CBO), Inspector General Reports and other existing
  governmental and nongovernmental recommendations for reducing waste
  including recommendations from the President's Private Sector Survey
  on Cost Control, and based on this review periodically submit to the
  President and Congress a list of those recommendations with estimated
  savings the Commission determines are most significant and shall include in
  the report a determination of whether the recommendation can be implemented
  by Executive Order or whether if requires legislative action; and
  (4) to submit to the President and the Congress recommendations for
  improving the budget process, management and reducing waste and costs in
  the Federal Government.
  (b) PARTICULAR AREAS TO BE EXAMINED- In fulfilling the duties described
  in subsection (a), the Commission shall identify and address--
  (1) opportunities for increased efficiency and reduced costs in the Federal
  Government that can be realized by executive action or legislation;
  (2) areas in the Federal Government where managerial accountability can
  be enhanced and administrative control can be improved;
  (3) specific Federal programs that have accomplished their objectives and
  ought to be terminated;
  (4) specific Federal program services that could be provided at a lower
  cost by the private sector;
  (5) specific reforms of the budget process that would yield savings,
  increase accountability and efficiency, and enhance public confidence in
  the budget process; and
  (6) specific areas in the Federal Government where further study can be
  justified by potential savings.
SEC. 4. MEMBERSHIP.
  (a) NUMBER AND APPOINTMENT- The Commission shall be composed of 12 members
  appointed as follows:
  (1) 12 individuals appointed by the President from among individuals who
  are not officers or employees of any government and who are especially
  qualified to serve on the Commission by virtue of their education, training
  or experience;
  (2) the Majority leader and Minority leader of the Senate, as well as
  the Speaker and Minority Leader of the House of Representatives may
  submit recommendations to the President concerning appointments to the
  Commission; and
  (3) not more than 6 members of the Commission shall be of the same
  political party.
  (b) CONTINUATION OF MEMBERSHIP- If an individual is appointed to the
  Commission, and later becomes an officer or employee of a government,
  such individual may continue as a member of the Commission for not longer
  than the 30-day period beginning on the date such individual becomes such
  an officer or employee.
  (c) APPOINTMENT OF MEMBERS- Appointments shall be made within 30 days of
  enactment of this bill.
  (d) TERMS- Each member shall be appointed for the life of the Commission.
  (e) VACANCIES- A vacancy in the Commission shall be filled within 30 days
  in the manner in which the original appointment was made.
  (f) COMPENSATION-
  (1) RATES OF PAY- Except as provided in paragraph (2), members of the
  Commission shall serve without pay.
  (2) TRAVEL EXPENSES- Each member of the Commission shall receive travel
  expenses, including per diem in lieu of subsidence, in accordance with
  sections 5702 and 5703 of title 5, United States Code.
  (g) QUORUM- 5 members of the Commission shall constitute a quorum, but a
  lesser number may hold hearings.
  (h) CHAIRPERSON- The Chairperson of the Commission shall be elected by
  the members from among the members.
  (i) MEETINGS- The Commission shall meet at least once each month at the
  call of the Chairperson of the Commission.
SEC. 5. STAFF AND SUPPORT SERVICES.
  (a) DIRECTOR- The Commission shall have a Director appointed by the
  Chairperson of the Commission and paid by a rate determined by the
  Commission.
  (b) STAFF- With the approval of the Commission, the Director of the
  Commission may appoint personnel as the Director considers appropriate.
SEC. 6. POWERS.
  (a) HEARINGS AND SESSIONS- 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) DELEGATION OF AUTHORITY- Any member or agent of the Commission may,
  if authorized by the Commission, take any action which the Commission is
  authorized to take by this section.
  (c) INFORMATION- The Commission may secure directly from any Federal agency
  information necessary to enable it to carry out this Act. Upon request of
  the Chairperson of the Commission, the head of the Federal agency shall
  furnish the information to the Commission.
  (d) CONTRACT AUTHORITY- The Commission may contract with and compensate
  government and private agencies or persons for supplies or services without
  regard to section 3709 of the Revised Statutes (41 U.S.C. 5).
SEC. 7. REPORTS.
  (a) PERIODIC REPORTS- Pursuant to Section 3(a)(3) the Commission shall
  issue periodic reports to the President and the Congress.
  (b) FINAL REPORT- Not later than the expiration of the 24-month period
  beginning on the date of enactment of this Act, the Commission shall
  submit to the President and the Congress a final report setting forth the
  finding and conclusions of the Commission and specific recommendations for
  legislative and administrative actions that the Commission determines to
  be appropriate.
SEC. 8. TERMINATION.
  The Commission shall terminate not later than the expiration of the 30-day
  period beginning on the date on which the Commission submits its final
  report under section 7(b).
SEC. 9. FUNDING
  The Commission is to be funded, staffed and equipped, to the extent
  practicable and permitted by law, by the private sector without cost to
  the Federal Government. To accomplish this objective, it is expected
  that the Secretary of Commerce will engage in a joint project, with a
  nonprofit organization, pursuant to Section 1 of Public Law 91-412 [15
  U.S.C. 1525]. for the purpose of providing support for the Commission as
  described in Section 5 and Section 6.