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111th Congress                                            Rept. 111-329
                        HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
 1st Session                                                     Part 1

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            WORLD WAR I MEMORIAL AND CENTENNIAL ACT OF 2009

                                _______
                                

November 5, 2009.--Committed to the Committee of the Whole House on the 
              State of the Union and ordered to be printed

                                _______
                                

   Mr. Towns, from the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, 
                        submitted the following

                              R E P O R T

                        [To accompany H.R. 1849]

      [Including cost estimate of the Congressional Budget Office]

    The Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, to whom 
was referred the bill (H.R. 1849) to designate the Liberty 
Memorial at the National World War I Museum in Kansas City, 
Missouri, as the National World War I Memorial, to establish 
the World War I centennial commission to ensure a suitable 
observance of the centennial of World War I, and for other 
purposes, having considered the same, report favorably thereon 
with an amendment and recommend that the bill as amended do 
pass.

                                CONTENTS

                                                                   Page
Purpose and Summary..............................................     5
Background and Need for Legislation..............................     5
Legislative History..............................................    10
Section-by-Section...............................................    10
Explanation of Amendments........................................    11
Committee Consideration..........................................    12
Roll Call Votes..................................................    12
Application of Law to the Legislative Branch.....................    12
Statement of General Performance Goals and Objectives............    12
Constitutional Authority Statement...............................    12
Federal Advisory Committee Act...................................    12
Unfunded Mandate Statement.......................................    12
Earmark Identification...........................................    12
Committee Estimate...............................................    12
Budget Authority and Congressional Budget Office Cost Estimate...    13
Changes in Existing Law Made by the Bill, as Reported............    14

    The amendment is as follows:
    Strike all after the enacting clause and insert the 
following:

SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.

  This Act may be cited as the ``World War I Memorial and Centennial 
Act of 2009''.

SEC. 2. FINDINGS.

  Congress finds the following:
          (1) More than 4,000,000 men and women from the United States 
        served in uniform in the defense of liberty during World War I, 
        among them two future presidents, Harry S. Truman and Dwight D. 
        Eisenhower.
          (2) 2,000,000 individuals from the United States served 
        overseas during World War I, including 200,000 naval personnel 
        who served on the seas.
          (3) The United States suffered 375,000 casualties during 
        World War I.
          (4) The events of 1914 through 1918 shaped the world, our 
        country, and the lives of millions of people in countless ways.
          (5) The centennial of World War I offers an opportunity for 
        people in the United States to learn about the sacrifices of 
        their predecessors.
          (6) Commemorative efforts allow people in the United States 
        to gain a historical understanding of the type of conflicts 
        that cause countries to go to war and how those conflicts are 
        resolved.
          (7) Kansas City is home to the Liberty Memorial and America's 
        National World War I Museum (as so recognized in the Ronald W. 
        Reagan National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2005 
        (Public Law 108-375)).
          (8) America's National World War I Museum seeks--
                  (A) to preserve the history of World War I; and
                  (B) to educate and enlighten people about this 
                significant event, the consequences of which are still 
                with us.
          (9) Kansas City is home to the national headquarters for the 
        Veterans of Foreign Wars.
          (10) Missouri is the home State of General John Joseph 
        Pershing, who commanded the American Expeditionary Forces in 
        Europe during World War I.
          (11) The Kansas City area is the home of the Harry S. Truman 
        Presidential Library and Museum.
          (12) The Dwight David Eisenhower Presidential Library and 
        Museum is located close to Kansas City in the neighboring State 
        of Kansas.
          (13) There is no nationally recognized memorial honoring the 
        service of Americans who served in World War I.
          (14) In 1919, the people of Kansas City, Missouri, expressed 
        an outpouring of support and raised more than $2,000,000 in two 
        weeks for a memorial to the service of Americans in World War 
        I. That fundraising was an accomplishment unparalleled by any 
        other city in the United States irrespective of population and 
        reflected the passion of public opinion about World War I, 
        which had so recently ended.
          (15) Following the drive, a national architectural 
        competition was held by the American Institute of Architects 
        for designs for a memorial to the service of Americans in World 
        War I, and the competition yielded a design by architect H. Van 
        Buren Magonigle.
          (16) On November 1, 1921, more than 100,000 people witnessed 
        the dedication of the site for the Liberty Memorial in Kansas 
        City, Missouri. That dedication marked the only time in history 
        that the five allied military leaders; Lieutenant General Baron 
        Jacques of Belgium, General Armando Diaz of Italy, Marshal 
        Ferdinand Foch of France, General John J. Pershing of the 
        United States, and Admiral Lord Earl Beatty of Great Britain, 
        were together at one place.
          (17) General Pershing noted at the November 1, 1921, 
        dedication that ``[t]he people of Kansas City, Missouri, are 
        deeply proud of the beautiful memorial, erected in tribute to 
        the patriotism, the gallant achievements, and the heroic 
        sacrifices of their sons and daughters who served in our 
        country's armed forces during the World War. It symbolized 
        their grateful appreciation of duty well done, an appreciation 
        which I share, because I know so well how richly it is 
        merited''.
          (18) During an Armistice Day ceremony in 1924, President 
        Calvin Coolidge marked the beginning of a three-year 
        construction project for the Liberty Memorial by the laying of 
        the cornerstone of the memorial.
          (19) The 217-foot Liberty Memorial Tower has an inscription 
        that reads ``In Honor of Those Who Served in the World War in 
        Defense of Liberty and Our Country'' as well as four stone 
        ``Guardian Spirits'' representing courage, honor, patriotism, 
        and sacrifice, which rise above the observation deck, making 
        the Liberty Memorial a noble tribute to all who served in World 
        War I.
          (20) During a rededication for the Liberty Memorial in 1961, 
        World War I veterans and former Presidents Harry S. Truman and 
        Dwight D. Eisenhower recognized the memorial as a constant 
        reminder of the sacrifices during World War I and the progress 
        that followed.
          (21) The 106th Congress recognized the Liberty Memorial as a 
        national symbol of World War I.
          (22) The National World War I Museum is the only public 
        museum in the United States specifically dedicated to the 
        history of World War I.
          (23) The National World War I Museum is known throughout the 
        world as a major center of World War I remembrance.

SEC. 3. DESIGNATION OF THE LIBERTY MEMORIAL AT THE NATIONAL WORLD WAR I 
                    MUSEUM IN KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI, AS THE NATIONAL 
                    WORLD WAR I MEMORIAL.

   The Liberty Memorial at the National World War I Museum in Kansas 
City, Missouri, is hereby designated as the ``National World War I 
Memorial''.

SEC. 4. COMMISSION ON THE COMMEMORATION OF THE CENTENNIAL OF WORLD WAR 
                    I.

  (a) Establishment.--There is established a commission to be known as 
the World War I Centennial Commission (in this Act referred to as the 
``Commission'').
  (b) Purpose.--The purpose of the Commission is to ensure a suitable 
observance of the centennial of World War I that promotes the values of 
honor, courage, patriotism, and sacrifice, in keeping with the 
representation of these values through the four Guardian Spirits 
sculpted on the Liberty Memorial Monument at America's National World 
War I Museum.
  (c) Duties.--The Commission shall have the following duties:
          (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 related 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.
  (d) Membership.--
          (1) Number and appointment.--The Commission shall be composed 
        of 24 members as follows:
                  (A) Four members appointed by the Speaker of the 
                House of Representatives.
                  (B) Three members appointed by the minority leader of 
                the House of Representatives.
                  (C) Four members appointed by the Senate majority 
                leader.
                  (D) Three members appointed by the Senate minority 
                leader.
                  (E) Seven members who are broadly representative of 
                the people of the United States (including members of 
                the armed services and veterans), appointed by the 
                President.
                  (F) The executive director of the Veterans of Foreign 
                Wars of the United States (or the director's delegate).
                  (G) The executive director of the American Legion (or 
                the director's delegate).
                  (H) The president of the Liberty Memorial 
                Association, the nonprofit entity responsible for the 
                management of America's National World War I Museum (or 
                the president's delegate).
          (2) Ex officio members.--The Archivist of the United States 
        and the Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution shall serve in 
        an ex officio capacity on the Commission to provide advice and 
        information to the Commission.
          (3) Continuation of membership.--If a member of the 
        Commission under subparagraph (F), (G), or (H) of paragraph (1) 
        ceases to hold a position named in such subparagraph, that 
        member must resign from the Commission as of the date that the 
        member ceases to hold that position.
          (4) Terms.--Each member shall be appointed for the life of 
        the Commission.
          (5) Deadline for appointment.--All members of the Commission 
        shall be appointed not later than 90 days after the date of the 
        enactment of this Act.
          (6) Vacancies.--A vacancy on the Commission shall--
                  (A) not affect the powers of the Commission; and
                  (B) be filled in the manner in which the original 
                appointment was made.
          (7) Pay.--Members shall not receive compensation for the 
        performance of their duties on behalf of the Commission.
          (8) Travel expenses.--Each member shall receive travel 
        expenses, including per diem in lieu of subsistence, in 
        accordance with the applicable provisions under subchapter I of 
        chapter 57 of title 5, United States Code.
          (9) Quorum.--A majority of members of the Commission plus one 
        shall constitute a quorum, but a lesser number may hold 
        hearings.
          (10) Chairperson; vice chairperson.--The Commission shall 
        elect the Chairperson and Vice Chairperson of the Commission by 
        a majority vote of the members of the Commission.
          (11) Meetings.--
                  (A) In general.--The Commission shall meet at the 
                call of the Chairperson, except that the first meeting 
                shall be held before the end of the 120-day period 
                beginning on the effective date of this Act.
                  (B) Location.--The Commission shall hold the first 
                meeting at America's National World War I Museum in 
                Kansas City, Missouri, and thereafter shall hold at 
                least one meeting per year at such location.
  (e) Director and Additional Personnel of the Commission; Experts and 
Consultants.--
          (1) Director and staff.--
                  (A) Appointment.--The Chairperson of the Commission 
                shall, in consultation with the members of the 
                Commission, appoint an executive director and such 
                other additional personnel as may be necessary to 
                enable the Commission to perform its duties.
                  (B) Pay.--The executive director and staff 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 staff may not exceed the rate payable for level V 
                of the Executive Schedule under section 5316 of such 
                title.
                  (C) Work location.--If the city government for Kansas 
                City, Missouri, and the nonprofit organization which 
                administers America's National World War I Museum make 
                space available, the executive director and any 
                additional personnel appointed under subparagraph (A) 
                shall work in the building that houses that museum.
          (2) Experts and consultants.--The Commission may procure 
        temporary and intermittent services under section 3109(b) of 
        title 5, United States Code.
          (3) Staff of federal agencies.--Upon request of the 
        Commission, the head of any Federal department or agency may 
        detail, on a reimbursable basis, any personnel of that 
        department or agency to the Commission to assist it in carrying 
        out its duties under this Act.
  (f) Powers of the Commission.--
          (1) Hearings and sessions.--For the purpose of carrying out 
        this Act, the Commission may hold hearings, sit and act at 
        times and places, take testimony, and receive evidence as the 
        Commission considers appropriate.
          (2) Powers of members and agents.--If authorized by the 
        Commission, any member or agent of the Commission may take any 
        action which the Commission is authorized to take by this 
        section.
          (3) Obtaining official data.--The Commission shall secure 
        directly from any department or agency of the United States 
        information necessary to enable it to carry out this Act. Upon 
        the request of the Chairperson of the Commission, the head of 
        that department or agency shall furnish that information to the 
        Commission.
          (4) Gifts, bequests, and devises.--
                  (A) Acceptance by commission.--The Commission may 
                accept, use, and dispose of gifts, bequests, or devises 
                of services or property, both real and personal, for 
                the purpose of aiding or facilitating the work of the 
                Commission.
                  (B) Deposit and availability.--Gifts, bequests, or 
                devises of money and proceeds from sales of other 
                property received as gifts, bequests, or devises shall 
                be deposited in the Treasury and shall be available for 
                disbursement upon order of the Commission.
          (5) 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.
          (6) Administrative support services.--Upon the request of the 
        Commission, the Administrator of General Services shall provide 
        to the Commission, on a reimbursable basis, the administrative 
        support services necessary for the Commission to carry out its 
        responsibilities under this Act.
          (7) Contract authority.--The Commission is authorized to 
        procure supplies, services, and property and to make or enter 
        in contracts, leases, or other legal agreements; except that 
        any contract, lease, or other legal agreement made or entered 
        into by the Commission may not extend beyond the date of 
        termination of the Commission.
  (g) Reports.--
          (1) Periodic report.--Beginning not later than the last day 
        of the 3-month period beginning on the effective date of this 
        Act, and the last day of each 3-month period thereafter, the 
        Commission shall submit to Congress and the President a report 
        on the activities and plans of the Commission.
          (2) Annual reports.--The Commission shall submit to the 
        President and 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.
          (3) Recommendations.--Not later than 2 years after the 
        effective date of this Act, the 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.
  (h) Federal Advisory Committee Act Waiver.--Section 14 of the Federal 
Advisory Committee Act (5 U.S.C. App.), relating to the termination of 
advisory committees, shall not apply to the Commission.
  (i) Authorization of Funds.--
          (1) In general.--There is authorized to be appropriated to 
        the Commission to carry out this Act $500,000 for each of 
        fiscal years 2010 through 2019.
          (2) Availability.--Amounts made available under this 
        subsection shall remain available until the termination of the 
        Commission as described in subsection (k).
  (j) Annual Audit.--For any fiscal year for which the Commission 
receives an appropriation of funds, the Inspector General of the 
Department of the Interior shall 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.
  (k) Termination.--The Commission shall terminate on the earlier of 
the date that is 30 days after the activities honoring the centennial 
observation of World War I are carried out, or July 28, 2019.
  (l) Effective Date.--This section shall take effect on January 1, 
2010.

                          PURPOSE AND SUMMARY

    H.R. 1849, the World War I Memorial and Centennial Act of 
2009, was introduced by Reps. Emanuel Cleaver, Todd Akin, Roy 
Blunt, Russ Carnahan, Wm. Lacy Clay, Jo Ann Emerson, Sam 
Graves, Blaine Luetkemeyer, and Ike Skelton on April 1, 2009. 
The bill designates the Liberty Memorial at the National World 
War I Museum in Kansas City, Missouri, as the National World 
War I Memorial. It also establishes a commission, the World War 
I Centennial Commission, to ensure a suitable observance of the 
centennial of World War I.

                  BACKGROUND AND NEED FOR LEGISLATION

    This bill would designate a nationally-recognized memorial 
honoring the service of Americans who served in World War I. No 
such memorial currently exists. The bill also establishes a 
commission to plan, develop, and coordinate the commemoration 
of the centennial of the conflict.
    The following letters from the American Legion, Veterans of 
Foreign Wars, and the National World War I Museum at Liberty 
Memorial express the groups' support for the measure.


                          LEGISLATIVE HISTORY

    H.R. 1849, the World War I Memorial and Centennial Act of 
2009, was introduced by Reps. Emanuel Cleaver, Todd Akin, Roy 
Blunt, Russ Carnahan, Wm. Lacy Clay, Jo Ann Emerson, Sam 
Graves, Blaine Luetkemeyer, and Ike Skelton on April 1, 2009, 
and was referred to the Committee on Oversight and Government 
Reform and the Committee on Natural Resources. The Committee on 
Oversight and Government Reform ordered the bill, as amended, 
to be favorably reported by unanimous consent.

                           SECTION-BY-SECTION

Section 1. Short title

    The short title of this bill is the World War I Memorial 
and Centennial Act of 2009.

Section 2. Findings

    This section outlines the findings of Congress on the 
history of World War I and the lack of a nationally recognized 
memorial to the service of Americans in that conflict.

Section 3. Designation of the Liberty Memorial at the National World 
        War I Museum in Kansas City, Missouri, as the National World 
        War I Memorial

    This section designates the Liberty Memorial at the 
National World War I Museum in Kansas City, Missouri, as the 
``National World War I Memorial''.

Section 4. Commission on the Commemoration of the Centennial of World 
        War I

    Subsection (a) establishes a commission to be known as the 
World War I Centennial Commission. Subsection (b) states the 
Commission's purpose, ``to ensure a suitable observance of the 
centennial of World War I that promotes the values of honor, 
courage, patriotism, and sacrifice, in keeping with the 
representation of these values through the four Guardian 
Spirits sculpted on the Liberty Memorial Monument at America's 
National World War I Museum.''
    Subsection (c) lists the duties of the Commission: to plan 
and execute programming and activities for the commemoration of 
the centennial, to encourage private organizations to take part 
in activities to commemorate the centennial, to facilitate and 
coordinate activities throughout the country, and to collect 
and disseminate information about events and plans for the 
centennial.
    Subsection (d) outlines the membership of the Commission, 
setting it at 24 members and detailing their appointment. It 
also details the terms and conditions of membership, the 
filling of vacancies, and Commission meetings.
    Subsection (e) directs the Chairperson of the Commission to 
appoint an executive director and other necessary personnel. It 
also outlines the terms and conditions of their employment.
    Subsection (f) outlines the powers of the Commission, 
including the power to hold hearings, take testimony, and to 
obtain any official data necessary to carry out the Act. The 
Commission may also accept, use, and dispose of gifts, 
bequests, or devises of services or property, both real and 
personal, for the purpose of aiding or facilitating the work of 
the Commission. Gifts, bequests, or devises of money and 
proceeds from the sale of property shall be deposited in the 
Treasury and shall be available for disbursement upon the order 
of the Commission. This subsection also gives the Commission 
the same authority to use the United States mails as other 
departments and agencies of the United States. It directs GSA 
to provide to the Commission, on a reimbursable basis, 
administrative support services necessary to carry out its 
responsibilities under this Act, and authorizes the procurement 
of supplies, services, and property through contracts that may 
not extend beyond the date of termination of the Commission.
    Subsection (g) directs the Commission to submit to the 
President and the Congress reports on the activities and plans 
of the Commission, reports on the revenue and expenditures of 
the Commission, and reports with recommendations to the 
President and the Congress for commemorating the centennial of 
World War I and coordinating related activities.
    Subsection (h) waives the application of Section 14 of the 
Federal Advisory Committee Act (5 U.S.C. App.) to the 
Commission.
    Subsection (i) authorizes the appropriation to the 
Commission of $500,000 for each of fiscal years 2010 through 
2019, until the termination of the Commission as described in 
subsection (k).
    Subsection (j) directs the Inspector General of the 
Department of the Interior to perform an audit of the 
Commission for any fiscal year in which the Commission receives 
an appropriation of funds.
    Subsection (k) states that the Commission shall terminate 
on the earlier of the date that is 30 days after the activities 
honoring the centennial observation of World War I are carried 
out, or July 28, 2019.
    Subsection (l) states that this section shall take effect 
on January 1, 2010.

                       EXPLANATION OF AMENDMENTS

    An amendment in the nature of a substitute was adopted by 
unanimous consent. The amendment made several technical changes 
to the measure. It adds the Archivist of the United States and 
the Secretary of the Smithsonian as ex officio members of the 
Commission. It extends the deadline for the appointment of 
members of the Commission to 90 days. It clarifies that 
vacancies on the Commission shall not affect the Commission's 
powers. It states that members of the Commission shall not 
receive compensation for the performance of their duties. It 
clarifies that a majority of members of the Commission plus one 
shall constitute a quorum. It states that the Chairperson and 
Vice Chairperson of the Commission shall be elected by majority 
vote of the members of the Commission. It waives the provisions 
of title 5, U.S.C., governing appointments in the competitive 
service, for the appointment of the executive director and 
staff of the Commission. It directs the Commission to submit 
annual reports on the revenue and expenditures of the 
Commission to the President and the Congress. It directs the 
Inspector General of the Department of the Interior to perform 
audits of the Commission for any fiscal year in which the 
Commission receives an appropriation of funds.

                        COMMITTEE CONSIDERATION

    On Thursday, October 29, 2009, the Committee met in open 
session and favorably ordered H.R. 1849 to be reported to the 
House by unanimous consent.

                            ROLL CALL VOTES

    No roll call votes were held.

              APPLICATION OF LAW TO THE LEGISLATIVE BRANCH

    Section 102(b)(3) of Public Law 104-1 requires a 
description of the application of this bill to the legislative 
branch where the bill relates to terms and conditions of 
employment or access to public services and accommodations. The 
bill does not relate to employment or access to public services 
and accommodations.

         STATEMENT OF GENERAL PERFORMANCE GOALS AND OBJECTIVES

    In accordance with clause 3(c)(4) of rule XIII of the Rules 
of the House of Representatives, the Committee's performance 
goals and objectives are reflected in the descriptive portions 
of this report, including the finding that there is no 
nationally recognized memorial to the service of Americans in 
World War I.

                   CONSTITUTIONAL AUTHORITY STATEMENT

    Under clause 3(d)(1) of rule XIII of the Rules of the House 
of Representatives, the Committee must include a statement 
citing the specific powers granted to Congress to enact the law 
proposed by H.R. 1849. Article I, Section 8, Clause 18 of the 
Constitution of the United States grants the Congress the power 
to enact this law.

                     FEDERAL ADVISORY COMMITTEE ACT

    The Committee finds that the legislation establishes an 
advisory committee within the definition of 5 U.S.C. App., 
Section 5(b).

                       UNFUNDED MANDATE STATEMENT

    Section 423 of the Congressional Budget and Impoundment 
Control Act (as amended by Section 101(a)(2) of the Unfunded 
Mandates Reform Act, P.L. 104-4) requires a statement on 
whether the provisions of the report include unfunded mandates. 
In compliance with this requirement the Committee has received 
a letter from the Congressional Budget Office included herein.

                         EARMARK IDENTIFICATION

    H.R. 1849 does not include any congressional earmarks, 
limited tax benefits, or limited tariff benefits as defined in 
clause 9(e), 9(f), or 9(g) of rule XXI.

                           COMMITTEE ESTIMATE

    Clause 3(d)(2) of rule XIII of the Rules of the House of 
Representatives requires an estimate and a comparison by the 
Committee of the costs that would be incurred in carrying out 
H.R. 1849. However, clause 3(d)(3)(B) of that rule provides 
that this requirement does not apply when the Committee has 
included in its report a timely submitted cost estimate of the 
bill prepared by the Director of the Congressional Budget 
Office under section 402 of the Congressional Budget Act.

     BUDGET AUTHORITY AND CONGRESSIONAL BUDGET OFFICE COST ESTIMATE

    With respect to the requirements of clause 3(c)(2) of rule 
XIII of the Rules of the House of Representatives and section 
308(a) of the Congressional Budget Act of 1974 and with respect 
to requirements of clause 3(c)(3) of rule XIII of the Rules of 
the House of Representatives and section 402 of the 
Congressional Budget Act of 1974, the Committee has received 
the following cost estimate for H.R. 1849 from the Director of 
the Congressional Budget Office:

                                                  November 2, 2009.
Hon. Edolphus Towns,
Chairman, Committee on Oversight and Government Reform,
U.S. House of Representatives, Washington, DC.
    Dear Mr. Chairman: The Congressional Budget Office has 
prepared the enclosed cost estimate for H.R. 1849, the World 
War I Memorial and Centennial Act of 2009.
    If you wish further details on this estimate, we will be 
pleased to provide them. The CBO staff contact is Matthew 
Pickford.
            Sincerely,
                                              Douglas W. Elmendorf.
    Enclosure.

H.R. 1849--World War I Memorial and Centennial Act of 2009

    H.R. 1849 would designate the Liberty Memorial at the 
National World War I Museum in Kansas City, Missouri, as the 
National World War I Memorial. In addition, the legislation 
would establish a commission to plan, develop, and execute 
programs, projects, and activities to commemorate the 100th 
anniversary of the First World War. The 24-member commission 
would have to submit various reports to the Congress on its 
activities and recommendations for commemorating the event. The 
commission would terminate by July 28, 2019. All commission 
members would serve without pay but would be reimbursed for 
travel expenses. In addition, the commission could hire staff 
and use personnel detailed from other federal agencies. 
Finally, the bill would authorize the appropriation of $500,000 
annually over the 2010-2019 period for the commission's 
expenses.
    Assuming appropriation of the specified amount, CBO 
estimates that the commission would spend about $2 million over 
the 2010-2014 period to plan, develop, and carry out 
commemorative activities and to prepare reports. Because H.R. 
1849 would authorize the commission to accept and use gifts, 
enacting the legislation could have a negligible impact on 
offsetting receipts and associated direct spending.
    H.R. 1849 contains no intergovernmental or private-sector 
mandates as defined in the Unfunded Mandates Reform Act and 
would not affect the budgets of state, local, or tribal 
governments.
    The CBO staff contact for this estimate is Matthew 
Pickford. This estimated was approved by Theresa Gullo, Deputy 
Assistant Director for Budget Analysis.

         CHANGES IN EXISTING LAW MADE BY THE BILL, AS REPORTED

    The bill as reported makes no changes to existing law.