Text: H.R.5722 — 114th Congress (2015-2016)All Information (Except Text)
Public Law No: 114-215 (07/29/2016)
[114th Congress Public Law 215]
[From the U.S. Government Publishing Office]
JOHN F. KENNEDY CENTENNIAL COMMISSION ACT
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Public Law 114-215
To establish the John F. Kennedy Centennial Commission. <<NOTE: July 29,
2016 - [H.R. 5722]>>
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the
United States of America in Congress assembled, <<NOTE: John F. Kennedy
Centennial Commission Act. 36 USC prec. 101 note.>>
SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.
This Act may be cited as the ``John F. Kennedy Centennial Commission
SEC. 2. ESTABLISHMENT.
There is established a commission to be known as the ``John F.
Kennedy Centennial Commission'' (in this Act referred to as the
SEC. 3. DUTIES OF COMMISSION.
The Commission shall--
(1) plan, develop, and carry out such activities as the
Commission considers fitting and proper to honor John F. Kennedy
on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of his birth;
(2) provide advice and assistance to Federal, State, and
local governmental agencies, as well as civic groups to carry
out activities to honor John F. Kennedy on the occasion of the
100th anniversary of his birth;
(3) develop activities that may be carried out by the
Federal Government that are fitting and proper to honor John F.
Kennedy on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of his birth;
(4) submit to the President and Congress reports pursuant to
SEC. 4. MEMBERSHIP.
(a) Number and Appointment.--The Commission shall be composed of 11
members as follows:
(1) The Secretary of the Interior.
(2) <<NOTE: President.>> Four members appointed by the
President after considering the recommendations of the Board of
Trustees of the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation.
(3) Two Members of the House of Representatives appointed by
the Speaker of the House of Representatives.
(4) One Member of the House of Representatives appointed by
the minority leader of the House of Representatives.
(5) Two Members of the Senate appointed by the majority
leader of the Senate.
(6) One Member of the Senate appointed by the minority
leader of the Senate.
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(b) Ex Officio Member.--The Archivist of the United States shall
serve in an ex officio capacity on the Commission to provide advice and
information to the Commission.
(c) Terms.--Each member shall be appointed for the life of the
(d) Deadline for Appointment.--All members of the Commission shall
be appointed not later than 90 days after the date of the enactment of
(e) Vacancies.--A vacancy on the Commission shall--
(1) not affect the powers of the Commission; and
(2) be filled in the manner in which the original
appointment was made.
(f) Rates of Pay.--Members shall not receive compensation for the
performance of their duties on behalf of the Commission.
(g) Travel Expenses.--Each member of the Commission shall be
reimbursed for travel and per diem in lieu of subsistence expenses
during the performance of duties of the Commission while away from home
or his or her regular place of business, in accordance with applicable
provisions under subchapter I of chapter 57 of title 5, United States
(h) Quorum.--A majority of the members of the Commission shall
constitute a quorum to conduct business, but two or more members may
(i) Chairperson.--The chairperson of the Commission shall be elected
by a majority vote of the members of the Commission.
SEC. 5. DIRECTOR AND STAFF OF COMMISSION.
(a) <<NOTE: Appointments.>> Director and Staff.--The Commission
shall appoint an executive director and such other additional employees
as are necessary to enable the Commission to perform its duties.
(b) Applicability of Certain Civil Service Laws.--The executive
director and employees of the Commission may be appointed without regard
to the provisions of title 5, United States Code, governing appointments
in the competitive service, and may be paid without regard to the
provisions of chapter 51 and subchapter III of chapter 53 of such title
relating to classification and General Schedule pay rates, except that
the rate of pay for the executive director and other employees may not
exceed the rate payable for level V of the Executive Schedule under
section 5316 of such title.
(c) Detail of Federal Employees.--Upon request of the Commission,
the Secretary of the Interior or the Archivist of the United States may
detail, on a reimbursable basis, any of the employees of that department
or agency to the Commission to assist it in carrying out its duties
under this Act.
(d) Experts and Consultants.--The Commission may procure such
temporary and intermittent services as are necessary to enable the
Commission to perform its duties.
(e) 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
SEC. 6. POWERS OF COMMISSION.
(a) Hearings.--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.
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(b) Mails.--The Commission may use the United States mails in the
same manner and under the same conditions as other departments and
agencies of the United States.
(c) Obtaining Official Data.--The Commission may secure directly
from any department or agency of the United States information necessary
to enable it to carry out its duties under this Act. Upon request of the
chairperson of the Commission, the head of that department or agency
shall furnish that information to the Commission.
(d) Gifts, Bequests, Devises.--The Commission may solicit, accept,
use, and dispose of gifts, bequests, or devises of money, services, or
property, both real and personal, for the purpose of aiding or
facilitating its work.
(e) Available Space.--Upon the request of the Commission, the
Administrator of General Services shall make available nationwide to the
Commission, at a normal rental rate for Federal agencies, such
assistance and facilities as may be necessary for the Commission to
carry out its duties under this Act.
(f) Contract Authority.--The Commission may enter into contracts
with and compensate government and private agencies or persons to enable
the Commission to discharge its duties under this Act.
SEC. 7. REPORTS.
(a) Annual Reports.--The Commission shall submit to the President
and the Congress annual reports on the revenue and expenditures of the
Commission, including a list of each gift, bequest, or devise to the
Commission with a value of more than $250, together with the identity of
the donor of each gift, bequest, or devise.
(b) Interim Reports.--The Commission may submit to the President and
Congress interim reports as the Commission considers appropriate.
(c) <<NOTE: Summary. Recommenda- tions.>> Final Report.--Not later
than August 31, 2017, the Commission shall submit a final report to the
President and the Congress containing--
(1) a summary of the activities of the Commission;
(2) a final accounting of funds received and expended by the
(3) the findings, conclusions, and final recommendations of
SEC. 8. TERMINATION.
The Commission may terminate on such date as the Commission may
determine after it submits its final report pursuant to section 7(c),
but not later than September 30, 2017.
SEC. 9. <<NOTE: Public information.>> ANNUAL AUDIT.
The Inspector General of the Department of the Interior may perform
an audit of the Commission, shall make the results of any audit
performed available to the public, and shall transmit such results to
the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform of the House of
Representatives and the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental
Affairs of the Senate.
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SEC. 10. PROHIBITION ON OBLIGATION OF FEDERAL FUNDS.
No Federal funds may be obligated to carry out this Act.
Approved July 29, 2016.
LEGISLATIVE HISTORY--H.R. 5722:
CONGRESSIONAL RECORD, Vol. 162 (2016):
July 13, considered and passed House.
July 14, considered and passed Senate.