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PUBLIC LAW 101-501—NOV. 3, 1990 104 STAT. 1281 ducted under the direction of the Secretary in cooperation with the Commissioner and with the heads of such other Federal departments and agencies as are appropriate. Such assistance may include the assignment of personnel. 0)) PURPOSES OF THE CONFERENCE.—The purposes of the Conference shall be— (1) to increase the public awareness of the value and needs of young individuals; (2) to examine the well-being of young individuals as well as the problems which they face; (3) to describe the extent to which young individuals with identified needs do not receive services to meet such needs; (4) to determine the reasons why young individuals are not receiving needed services; and (5) to develop such specific and comprehensive recommendations for executive and legislative action as may be appropriate to improve the well-being of youth and their families. (c) CONFERENCE PARTICIPANTS AND DELEGATES. — (1) PARTICIPANTS. —In order to carry out the purposes of the Conference, the Conference shall bring together— (A) representatives of Federal, State, and local governments, including representatives of the General Accounting Office; (B) professionals who are working in the field of children, youth, and families; and (C) representatives of the general public, particularly young individuals. (2) SELECTION OF DELEGATES. —The delegates to attend the Conference shall be selected without regard to political affiliation or past partisan activity and shall, to the best of the appointing authority's ability, be representative of the spectrum of thought in the field of children, youth, and families. SEC. 984. CONFERENCE ADMINISTRATION. 42 USC 12373. (a) ADMINISTRATION. — For purposes of carrying out this subtitle, the Secretary shall— (1) request the cooperation and assistance of the heads of such other Federal departments and agencies as may be appropriate; (2) furnish all reasonable assistance to State agencies administering programs related to children, youth and families, and to other appropriate organizations, to enable them to organize and conduct conferences in conjunction with the Conference; (3) prepare and make available for public comment a proposed agenda for the Conference which reflects, to the greatest extent possible, the major issues facing children, youth, and families consistent with subsection (a); (4) prepare and make available background materials which the Secretary deems necessary for the use of delegates to the Conference; and (5) engage such additional personnel as may be necessary to carry out this section without regard to provisions of title 5, United States Code, governing appointments in the competitive service, and without regard to chapter 51 and subchapter III of chapter 53 of such title relating to classification and General Schedule pay rates. (b) DUTIES.—T l ie Secretary shall, in carrying out the Secretary's responsibilities and functions under this section, ensure that—