Text: H.R.4907 — 106th Congress (1999-2000)All Information (Except Text)
Public Law No: 106-565 (12/23/2000)
[106th Congress Public Law 565]
[From the U.S. Government Printing Office]
JAMESTOWN 400TH COMMEMORATION COMMISSION ACT OF 2000
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Public Law 106-565
To establish the <<NOTE: Dec. 23, 2000 - [H.R. 4907]>> Jamestown 400th
Commemoration Commission, and for other purposes.
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the
United States of America in <<NOTE: Jamestown 400th Commemoration
Commission Act of 2000. Virginia.>> Congress assembled,
SECTION 1. <<NOTE: 16 USC 81 note.>> SHORT TITLE.
This Act may be cited as the ``Jamestown 400th <<NOTE: 16 USC 81
note.>> Commemoration Commission Act of 2000''.
SEC. 2. <<NOTE: 16 USC 81 note.>> FINDINGS AND PURPOSE.
(a) Findings.--Congress finds that--
(1) the founding of the colony at Jamestown, Virginia in
1607, the first permanent English colony in the New World, and
the capital of Virginia for 92 years, has major significance in
the history of the United States;
(2) the settlement brought people from throughout the
Atlantic Basin together to form a multicultural society,
including English, other Europeans, Native Americans, and
(3) the economic, political, religious, and social
institutions that developed during the first 9 decades of the
existence of Jamestown continue to have profound effects on the
United States, particularly in English common law and language,
cross cultural relationships, and economic structure and status;
(4) the National Park Service, the Association for the
Preservation of Virginia Antiquities, and the Jamestown-Yorktown
Foundation of the Commonwealth of Virginia collectively own and
operate significant resources related to the early history of
(5) in 1996--
(A) the Commonwealth of Virginia designated the
Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation as the State agency
responsible for planning and implementing the
Commonwealth's portion of the commemoration of the 400th
anniversary of the founding of the Jamestown settlement;
(B) the Foundation created the Celebration 2007
Steering Committee, known as the Jamestown 2007 Steering
(C) planning for the commemoration began.
(b) Purpose.--The purpose of this Act is to establish the Jamestown
400th Commemoration Commission to--
(1) ensure a suitable national observance of the Jamestown
2007 anniversary by complementing the programs and activities of
the State of Virginia;
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(2) cooperate with and assist the programs and activities of
the State in observance of the Jamestown 2007 anniversary;
(3) assist in ensuring that Jamestown 2007 observances
provide an excellent visitor experience and beneficial
interaction between visitors and the natural and cultural
resources of the Jamestown sites;
(4) assist in ensuring that the Jamestown 2007 observances
are inclusive and appropriately recognize the experiences of all
people present in 17th century Jamestown;
(5) provide assistance to the development of Jamestown-
related programs and activities;
(6) facilitate international involvement in the Jamestown
(7) support and facilitate marketing efforts for a
commemorative coin, stamp, and related activities for the
Jamestown 2007 observances; and
(8) assist in the appropriate development of heritage
tourism and economic benefits to the United States.
SEC. 3. <<NOTE: 16 USC 81 note.>> DEFINITIONS.
In this Act:
(1) Commemoration.--The term ``commemoration'' means the
commemoration of the 400th anniversary of the founding of the
(2) Commission.--The term ``Commission'' means the Jamestown
400th Commemoration Commission established by section 4(a).
(3) Governor.--The term ``Governor'' means the Governor of
(4) Secretary.--The term ``Secretary'' means the Secretary
of the Interior.
(A) In general.--The term ``State'' means the State
(B) Inclusions.--The term ``State'' includes
agencies and entities of the State.
SEC. 4. <<NOTE: 16 USC 81 note.>> JAMESTOWN 400TH COMMEMORATION
(a) In General.--There is <<NOTE: Establishment.>> established a
commission to be known as the ``Jamestown 400th Commemoration
(1) In general.--The Commission shall be composed of 16
members, of whom--
(A) four members shall be appointed by the
Secretary, taking into consideration the recommendations
of the Chairperson of the Jamestown 2007 Steering
(B) four members shall be appointed by the
Secretary, taking into consideration the recommendations
of the Governor;
(C) two members shall be employees of the National
Park Service, of which--
(i) one shall be the Director of the National
Park Service (or a designee); and
(ii) one shall be an employee of the National
Park Service having experience relevant to the
commemoration, to be appointed by the Secretary;
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(D) five members shall be individuals that have an
interest in, support for, and expertise appropriate to,
the commemoration, to be appointed by the Secretary.
(2) Term; vacancies.--
(A) Term.--A member of the Commission shall be
appointed for the life of the Commission.
(i) In general.--A vacancy on the Commission
shall be filled in the same manner in which the
original appointment was made.
(ii) Partial term.--A member appointed to fill
a vacancy on the Commission shall serve for the
remainder of the term for which the predecessor of
the member was appointed.
(A) In general.--The Commission shall meet--
(i) at least twice each year; or
(ii) at the call of the Chairperson or the
majority of the members of the Commission.
(B) Initial meeting.--Not later than 30 days after
the date on which all members of the Commission have
been appointed, the Commission shall hold the initial
meeting of the Commission.
(A) In general.--The Commission shall act only on an
affirmative vote of a majority of the members of the
(B) Quorum.--A majority of the Commission shall
constitute a quorum.
(5) Chairperson.--The Secretary shall appoint a Chairperson
of the Commission, taking into consideration any recommendations
of the Governor.
(1) In general.--The Commission shall--
(A) plan, develop, and execute programs and
activities appropriate to commemorate the 400th
anniversary of the founding of Jamestown;
(B) generally facilitate Jamestown-related
activities throughout the United States;
(C) encourage civic, patriotic, historical,
educational, religious, economic, and other
organizations throughout the United States to organize
and participate in anniversary activities to expand the
understanding and appreciation of the significance of
the founding and early history of Jamestown;
(D) coordinate and facilitate for the public
scholarly research on, publication about, and
interpretation of, Jamestown; and
(E) ensure that the 400th anniversary of Jamestown
provides a lasting legacy and long-term public benefit
by assisting in the development of appropriate programs
(2) Plans; reports.--
(A) Strategic plan; annual performance plans.--In
accordance with the Government Performance and Results
Act of 1993 (Public Law 103-62; 107 Stat. 285), the
Commission shall prepare a strategic plan and annual
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performance plans for the activities of the Commission
carried out under this Act.
(B) Final report.--Not later
than <<NOTE: Deadline.>> September 30, 2008, the
Commission shall complete a final report that contains--
(i) a summary of the activities of the
(ii) a final accounting of funds received and
expended by the Commission; and
(iii) the findings and recommendations of the
(d) Powers of the Commission.--The Commission may--
(1) accept donations and make dispersions of money, personal
services, and real and personal property related to Jamestown
and of the significance of Jamestown in the history of the
(2) appoint such advisory committees as the Commission
determines to be necessary to carry out this Act;
(3) authorize any member or employee of the Commission to
take any action that the Commission is authorized to take by
(4) procure supplies, services, and property, and make or
enter into contracts, leases or other legal agreements, to carry
out this Act (except that any contracts, leases or other legal
agreements made or entered into by the Commission shall not
extend beyond the date of termination of the Commission);
(5) use the United States mails in the same manner and under
the same conditions as other Federal agencies;
(6) subject to approval by the Commission, make grants in
amounts not to exceed $10,000 to communities and nonprofit
organizations to develop programs to assist in the
(7) make grants to research and scholarly organizations to
research, publish, or distribute information relating to the
early history of Jamestown; and
(8) provide technical assistance to States, localities, and
nonprofit organizations to further the commemoration.
(e) Commission Personnel Matters.--
(1) Compensation of members of the commission.--
(A) In general.--Except as provided in subparagraph
(B), a member of the Commission shall serve without
(B) Federal employees.--A member of the Commission
who is an officer or employee of the Federal Government
shall serve without compensation in addition to the
compensation received for the services of the member as
an officer or employee of the Federal Government.
(C) Travel expenses.--A member of the Commission
shall be allowed travel expenses, including per diem in
lieu of subsistence, at rates authorized for an employee
of an agency under subchapter I of chapter 57 of title
5, United States Code, while away from the home or
regular place of business of the member in the
performance of the duties of the Commission.
(A) In general.--The Chairperson of the Commission
may, without regard to the civil service laws (including
regulations), appoint and terminate an executive
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and such other additional personnel as are necessary to
enable the Commission to perform the duties of the
(B) Confirmation of executive director.--The
employment of an executive director shall be subject to
confirmation by the Commission.
(A) In general.--Except as provided in subparagraph
(B), the Chairperson of the Commission may fix the
compensation of the executive director and other
personnel without regard to the provisions of chapter 51
and subchapter III of chapter 53 of title 5, United
States Code, relating to classification of positions and
General Schedule pay rates.
(B) Maximum rate of pay.--The rate of pay for the
executive director and other personnel shall not exceed
the rate payable for level V of the Executive Schedule
under section 5316 of title 5, United States Code.
(4) Detail of government employees.--
(A) Federal employees.--
(i) In general.--On the request of the
Commission, the head of any Federal agency may
detail, on a reimbursable or non-reimbursable
basis, any of the personnel of the agency to the
Commission to assist the Commission in carrying
out the duties of the Commission under this Act.
(ii) Civil service status.--The detail of an
employee under clause (i) shall be without
interruption or loss of civil service status or
(B) State employees.--The Commission may--
(i) accept the services of personnel detailed
from States (including subdivisions of States);
(ii) reimburse States for services of detailed
(5) 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.
(6) Support services.--The Director of the National Park
Service shall provide to the Commission, on a reimbursable
basis, such administrative support services as the Commission
(f ) Procurement of Temporary and Intermittent Services.--The
Chairperson of the Commission may procure temporary and intermittent
services in accordance with section 3109(b) of title 5, United States
Code, at rates for individuals that do not exceed the daily equivalent
of the annual rate of basic pay prescribed for level V of the Executive
Schedule under section 5316 of that title.
(g) FACA Nonapplicability.--Section 14(b) of the Federal Advisory
Committee Act (5 U.S.C. App.) shall not apply to the Commission.
(h) No Effect on Authority.--Nothing in this section supersedes the
authority of the State, the National Park Service, or the Association
for the Preservation of Virginia Antiquities, concerning the
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(i) Termination.--The Commission shall terminate on December 31,
SEC. 5. <<NOTE: 16 USC 81 note.>> AUTHORIZATION OF APPROPRIATIONS.
There are authorized to be appropriated such sums as are necessary
to carry out this Act.
Approved December 23, 2000.
LEGISLATIVE HISTORY--H.R. 4907 (S. 2885):
SENATE REPORTS: No. 106-456 accompanying S. 2885 (Comm. on Energy and
CONGRESSIONAL RECORD, Vol. 146 (2000):
Oct. 30, considered and passed House.
Dec. 15, considered and passed Senate.