H.R.5588 - To establish the Government Program Evaluation Commission.106th Congress (1999-2000)
Text: H.R.5588 — 106th Congress (1999-2000)
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Introduced in House (10/27/2000)
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[Congressional Bills 106th Congress] [From the U.S. Government Printing Office] [H.R. 5588 Introduced in House (IH)] 106th CONGRESS 2d Session H. R. 5588 To establish the Government Program Evaluation Commission. _______________________________________________________________________ IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES October 27, 2000 Mr. Archer introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Government Reform _______________________________________________________________________ A BILL To establish the Government Program Evaluation Commission. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, SECTION 1. ESTABLISHMENT OF COMMISSION. There is established a bipartisan commission to be known as the Government Program Evaluation Commission (in this Act referred to as the ``Commission''). SEC. 2. DUTIES OF COMMISSION. The Commission shall make a complete study and evaluation of existing Federal programs and activities and projected expansions of such programs and activities for the purpose of determining, in light of the fundamental needs of the Nation and its vital objectives-- (1) the effectiveness of each such program or activity in terms of its present and projected costs; (2) whether each such program or activity should be continued and, if so, the level at which it should be continued; and (3) in the allocation of Federal funds, the relative priority that should be assigned to each such program or activity. SEC. 3. REPORT OF THE COMMISSION. (a) In General.--Not later than February 1, 2002, the Commission shall submit to the President and the Congress a comprehensive report. (b) Contents.--The report shall contain a detailed statement of the findings and conclusions of the Commission, together with its recommendations (including any recommendations as to constitutional amendments, legislative enactments, and administrative actions) for changes in Federal programs and activities, that the Commission determines are necessary to meet the fundamental needs and vital objectives of the Nation. SEC. 4. MEMBERSHIP OF THE COMMISSION. (a) Number and Appointment.--The Commission shall be composed of 12 members from private life, as follows: (1) 4 members appointed by the President. (2) 4 members appointed by the President pro tempore of the Senate. (3) 4 members appointed by the Speaker of the House of Representatives. (b) Limitation.--Of each class of 4 members referred to in subsection (a), not more than 2 members may be from each of the 2 major political parties. (c) Vacancies.--Any vacancy in the Commission shall not affect its powers, and shall be filled in the same manner in which the original appointment was made. (d) Chairman and Vice Chairman.--The Commission shall elect a Chairman and a Vice Chairman from among its members. (e) Quorum.--7 members of the Commission shall constitute a quorum. (f) Compensation.--Members of the Commission shall serve without pay for their service on the Commission. SEC. 5. STAFF OF THE COMMISSION. (a) In General.--The Commission may appoint and fix the compensation of such personnel as it considers appropriate. (b) Inapplicability of Certain Civil Service Laws.--The 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 that title, relating to classification and General Schedule pay rates, except that an individual so appointed may not receive pay in excess of the maximum rate of basic pay under the General Schedule. (c) Experts and Consultants.--The Commission may procure temporary and intermittent services under section 3109(b) of title 5, United States Code. SEC. 6. POWERS OF THE COMMISSION. (a) Hearings and Sessions.--The Commission may, for the purpose of carrying out this Act, hold such hearings, sit and act at such times and places, take such testimony, and receive such evidence as the Commission considers appropriate. The Commission may administer oaths or affirmations to witnesses appearing before it. (b) Powers of Members and Agents.--If authorized by the Commission, any member or agent of the Commission may take any action that the Commission is authorized to take by this section. (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 this Act. Upon request of the Chairman or Vice Chairman of the Commission, the head of that department or agency shall furnish that information to the Commission. SEC. 7. TERMINATION. The Commission shall terminate 30 days after submitting the report required by section 3. <all>