Summary: H.R.2809 — 98th Congress (1983-1984)All Information (Except Text)

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Passed Senate amended (11/02/1983)

(Measure passed Senate, amended)

National Fish and Wildlife Foundation Establishment Act - Establishes the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (the Foundation). States that the Foundation is a charitable and nonprofit corporation and is not an agency or establishment of the United States and that the purposes of the Foundation are: (1) to encourage, accept, and administer private gifts of property for the benefit of the activities and services of the United States Fish and Wildlife Service; and (2) to undertake and conduct activities to further the conservation and management of U.S. fish, wildlife, and plant resources.

Provides for a Board of Directors, which shall serve without pay, to govern the Foundation which shall, to the extent practicable, represent diverse points of view relating to fish and wildlife.

States that the Foundation shall have perpetual succession.

Authorizes the Secretary of the Interior to provide personnel facilities, and other administrative services to the Foundation for five years.

Authorizes the Secretary to accept, without regard to the civil service classification laws, the services of the Foundation, the Board, and the officers and employees of the Board, without compensation from the Department of the Interior, as volunteers.

Sets forth provisions relating to: (1) audits; (2) reports; and (3) relief with respect to certain Foundation acts or failure to act.

Exempts the United States from liability for any debts, defaults, acts, or omissions of the Foundation.

States that Congress expressly reserves the right to appeal or amend this Act at any time.

Authorizes appropriations for ten years to the Department of the Interior which shall be made available to the Foundation: (1) to match, on a one-for-one basis, private contributions made to the Foundation; and (2) to provide administrative services.