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                         WORLD WAR I CENTENNIAL 
                             COMMISSION ACT

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Public Law 112-272
112th Congress

                                 An Act


 
    To establish a commission to ensure a suitable observance of the 
 centennial of World War I, to provide for the designation of memorials 
to the service of members of the United States Armed Forces in World War 
   I, and for other purposes. <<NOTE: Jan. 14, 2013 -  [H.R. 6364]>> 

    Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the 
United States of America in Congress assembled, <<NOTE: World War I 
Centennial Commission Act. 36 USC prec. 101 note.>> 
SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE; TABLE OF CONTENTS.

    (a) Short Title.--This Act may be cited as the ``World War I 
Centennial Commission Act''.
    (b) Table of Contents.--The table of contents for this Act is as 
follows:

Sec. 1. Short title; table of contents.
Sec. 2. Findings.
Sec. 3. Definitions.
Sec. 4. Establishment of World War I Centennial Commission.
Sec. 5. Duties of Centennial Commission.
Sec. 6. Powers of Centennial Commission.
Sec. 7. Centennial Commission personnel matters.
Sec. 8. Termination of Centennial Commission.
Sec. 9. Prohibition on obligation of Federal funds.

SEC. 2. FINDINGS.

    Congress makes the following findings:
            (1) From 2014 through 2018, the United States and nations 
        around the world will mark the centennial of World War I, 
        including the entry of the United States into the war in April 
        1917.
            (2) America's support of Great Britain, France, Belgium, and 
        its other allies in World War I marked the first time in United 
        States history that American soldiers went abroad in defense of 
        liberty against foreign aggression, and it marked the true 
        beginning of the ``American century''.
            (3) Although World War I was at the time called ``the war to 
        end all wars'', in fact the United States would commit its 
        troops to the defense of foreign lands 3 more times in the 20th 
        century.
            (4) More than 4,000,000 men and women from the United States 
        served in uniform during World War I, among them 2 future 
        presidents, Harry S. Truman and Dwight D. Eisenhower. Two 
        million individuals from the United States served overseas 
        during World War I, including 200,000 naval personnel who served 
        on the seas. The United States suffered 375,000 casualties 
        during World War I, including 116,516 deaths.
            (5) The events of 1914 through 1918 shaped the world, the 
        United States, and the lives of millions of people.

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            (6) The centennial of World War I offers an opportunity for 
        people in the United States to learn about and commemorate the 
        sacrifices of their predecessors.
            (7) Commemorative programs, activities, and sites allow 
        people in the United States to learn about the history of World 
        War I, the United States involvement in that war, and the war's 
        effects on the remainder of the 20th century, and to commemorate 
        and honor the participation of the United States and its 
        citizens in the war effort.
SEC. 3. DEFINITIONS.

    In this Act--
            (1) America's national world war i museum.--The term 
        ``America's National World War I Museum'' means the Liberty 
        Memorial Museum in Kansas City, Missouri, as recognized by 
        Congress in section 1031(b) of the Ronald W. Reagan National 
        Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2005 (Public Law 108-
        375; 118 Stat. 2045).
            (2) Centennial commission.--The term ``Centennial 
        Commission'' means the World War I Centennial Commission 
        established by section 4(a).
            (3) Veterans service organization.--The term ``veterans 
        service organization'' means any organization recognized by the 
        Secretary of Veterans Affairs for the representation of veterans 
        under section 5902 of title 38, United States Code.
SEC. 4. ESTABLISHMENT OF WORLD WAR I CENTENNIAL COMMISSION.

    (a) Establishment.--There is established a commission to be known as 
the ``World War I Centennial Commission''.
    (b) Membership.--
            (1) Composition.--The 
        Centennial <<NOTE: Appointments.>> Commission shall be composed 
        of 12 members as follows:
                    (A) Two members who shall be appointed by the 
                Speaker of the House of Representatives.
                    (B) One member who shall be appointed by the 
                minority leader of the House of Representatives.
                    (C) Two members who shall be appointed by the 
                majority leader of the Senate.
                    (D) One member who shall be appointed by the 
                minority leader of the Senate.
                    (E) <<NOTE: President.>> Three members who shall be 
                appointed by the President from among persons who are 
                broadly representative of the people of the United 
                States (including members of the Armed Forces, veterans, 
                and representatives of veterans service organizations).
                    (F) One member who shall be appointed by the 
                executive director of the Veterans of Foreign Wars of 
                the United States.
                    (G) One member who shall be appointed by the 
                executive director of the American Legion.
                    (H) One member who shall be appointed by the 
                president of the Liberty Memorial Association.
            (2) Time for appointment.--The members of the Centennial 
        Commission shall be appointed not later than 60 days after the 
        date of the enactment of this Act.
            (3) Period of appointment.--Each member shall be appointed 
        for the life of the Centennial Commission.

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            (4) Vacancies.--A vacancy in the Centennial Commission shall 
        be filled in the manner in which the original appointment was 
        made.

    (c) Meetings.--
            (1) Initial meeting.--
                    (A) In general.--Not later 
                than <<NOTE: Deadlines.>> 30 days after the date on 
                which all members of the Centennial Commission have been 
                appointed, the Centennial Commission shall hold its 
                first meeting.
                    (B) Location.--The location for the meeting held 
                under subparagraph (A) shall be the America's National 
                World War I Museum.
            (2) Subsequent meetings.--
                    (A) In general.--The Centennial Commission shall 
                meet at the call of the Chair.
                    (B) Frequency.--The Chair shall call a meeting of 
                the members of the Centennial Commission not less 
                frequently than once each year.
                    (C) Location.--Not less frequently than once each 
                year, the Centennial Commission shall meet at the 
                America's National World War I Museum.
            (3) Quorum.--Seven members of the Centennial Commission 
        shall constitute a quorum, but a lesser number may hold 
        hearings.

    (d) Chair and Vice Chair.--The Centennial Commission shall select a 
Chair and Vice Chair from among its members.
SEC. 5. DUTIES OF CENTENNIAL COMMISSION.

    (a) In General.--The duties of the Centennial Commission are as 
follows:
            (1) To plan, develop, and execute programs, projects, and 
        activities to commemorate the centennial of World War I.
            (2) To encourage private organizations and State and local 
        governments to organize and participate in activities 
        commemorating the centennial of World War I.
            (3) To facilitate and coordinate activities throughout the 
        United States relating to the centennial of World War I.
            (4) To serve as a clearinghouse for the collection and 
        dissemination of information about events and plans for the 
        centennial of World War I.
            (5) To develop recommendations for Congress and the 
        President for commemorating the centennial of World War I.

    (b) Reports.--
            (1) Periodic report.--Not later than the last day of the 6-
        month period beginning on the date of the enactment of this Act, 
        and not later than the last day of each 3-month period 
        thereafter, the Centennial Commission shall submit to Congress 
        and the President a report on the activities and plans of the 
        Centennial Commission.
            (2) Recommendations.--Not later than 2 years after the date 
        of the enactment of this Act, the Centennial Commission shall 
        submit to Congress and the President a report containing 
        specific recommendations for commemorating the centennial of 
        World War I and coordinating related activities.
SEC. 6. POWERS OF CENTENNIAL COMMISSION.

    (a) Hearings.--The Centennial Commission may hold such hearings, sit 
and act at such times and places, take such testimony,

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and receive such evidence as the Centennial Commission considers 
appropriate to carry out its duties under this Act.
    (b) Powers of Member and Agents.--If authorized by the Centennial 
Commission, any member or agent of the Centennial Commission may take 
any action which the Centennial Commission is authorized to take under 
this Act.
    (c) Information From Federal Agencies.--The Centennial Commission 
shall secure directly from any Federal department or agency such 
information as the Centennial Commission considers necessary to carry 
out the provisions of this Act. Upon the request of the Chair of the 
Centennial Commission, the head of such department or agency shall 
furnish such information to the Centennial Commission.
    (d) Administrative Support Services.--Upon the request of the 
Centennial Commission, the Administrator of the General Services 
Administration shall provide to the Centennial Commission, on a 
reimbursable basis, the administrative support services necessary for 
the Centennial Commission to carry out its responsibilities under this 
Act.
    (e) Contract Authority.--
            (1) In general.--Except as provided in paragraph (2), the 
        Centennial Commission is authorized--
                    (A) to procure supplies, services, and property; and
                    (B) to make or enter into contracts, leases, or 
                other legal agreements.
            (2) Limitation.--The Centennial Commission may not enter 
        into any contract, lease, or other legal agreement that extends 
        beyond the date of the termination of the Centennial Commission 
        under section 8(a).

    (f) Postal Services.--The Centennial Commission may use the United 
States mails in the same manner and under the same conditions as other 
departments and agencies of the Federal Government.
    (g) Gifts, Bequests, and Devises.--The Centennial Commission shall 
accept, use, and dispose of gifts, bequests, or devises of services or 
property, both real and personal, for the purpose of covering the costs 
incurred by the Centennial Commission to carry out its duties under this 
Act.
SEC. 7. CENTENNIAL COMMISSION PERSONNEL MATTERS.

    (a) Compensation of Members.--Members of the Centennial Commission 
shall serve without compensation for such service.
    (b) Travel Expenses.--Each member of the Centennial Commission shall 
be allowed travel expenses, including per diem in lieu of subsistence, 
in accordance with the applicable provisions of title 5, United States 
Code.
    (c) Staff.--
            (1) In general.--The Chair of the Centennial Commission 
        shall, in consultation with the members of the Centennial 
        Commission, appoint an executive director and such other 
        additional personnel as may be necessary to enable the 
        Centennial Commission to perform its duties.
            (2) Compensation.--
                    (A) In general.--Subject to subparagraph (B), the 
                Chair of the Centennial Commission may fix the 
                compensation of the executive director and any other 
                personnel appointed under paragraph (1).

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                    (B) Limitation.--The Chair of the Centennial 
                Commission may not fix the compensation of the executive 
                director or other personnel appointed under paragraph 
                (1) at a rate that exceeds the rate of payable for level 
                IV of the Executive Schedule under section 5315 of title 
                5, United States Code.
                    (C) Work location.--If the <<NOTE: Missouri. Liberty 
                Memorial Association.>> city government for Kansas City, 
                Missouri, and the Liberty Memorial Association make 
                space available in the building in which the America's 
                National World War I Museum is located, the executive 
                director of the Centennial Commission and other 
                personnel appointed under paragraph (1) shall work in 
                such building to the extent practical.

    (d) Detail of Government Employees.--Upon request of the Centennial 
Commission, the head of any Federal department or agency may detail, on 
a reimbursable basis, any employee of that department or agency to the 
Centennial Commission to assist it in carrying out its duties under this 
Act.
    (e) Procurement of Temporary and Intermittent Services.--The Chair 
of the Centennial Commission may procure temporary and intermittent 
services under section 3109(b) of title 5, United States Code.
    (f) Source of Funds.--Gifts, bequests, and devises of services or 
property, both real and personal, received by the Centennial Commission 
under section 6(g) shall be the only source of funds to cover the costs 
incurred by the Centennial Commission under this section.
SEC. 8. TERMINATION OF CENTENNIAL COMMISSION.

    (a) In General.--The Centennial Commission shall terminate on the 
earlier of--
            (1) the date that is 30 days after the date the completion 
        of the activities under this Act honoring the centennial 
        observation of World War I; or
            (2) July 28, 2019.

    (b) Application of Federal Advisory Committee Act.--
            (1) In general.--Except as provided in paragraph (2), the 
        provisions of the Federal Advisory Committee Act (5 U.S.C. App.) 
        shall apply to the activities of the Centennial Commission under 
        this Act.
            (2) Exception.--Section 14(a)(2) of such Act shall not apply 
        to the Centennial Commission.

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SEC. 9. PROHIBITION ON OBLIGATION OF FEDERAL FUNDS.

    No Federal funds may be obligated to carry out this Act.

    Approved January 14, 2013.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY--H.R. 6364:
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HOUSE REPORTS: No. 112-701, Pt. 1 (Comm. on Natural Resources).
CONGRESSIONAL RECORD, Vol. 158 (2012):
            Dec. 12, considered and passed House.
            Dec. 21, considered and passed Senate, amended.
            Dec. 31, House concurred in Senate amendment.

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