PUBLIC LAW 101-511—NOV. 5, 1990 104 STAT. 1901 exceed the maximum rate of basic pay payable for GS-18 of the General Schedule. (b) STAFF.— The Chairman may appoint and fix the pay of such additional personnel as the Chairman considers appropriate. (c) APPLICABILITY OF CERTAIN CIVIL SERVICE LAWS.—The 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 no individual so appointed may receive pay in excess of the annual rate of basic pay payable for GS-18 of the General Schedule. (d) EXPERTS AND CONSULTANTS. — Subject to such rules as may be prescribed by the Commission, the Chairman may procure temporary and intermittent services under section 3109(b) of title 5 of the United States Code, but at rates for individuals not to exceed the daily equivalent of the maximum annual rate of basic pay payable for GS-18 of the General Schedule. (e) STAFF OF FEDERAL AGENCIES. —Upon request of the Commission, the head of any Federal agency may detail, on a reimbursable basis, any of the personnel of such agency to the Commission to assist the Commission in carrying out its duties under this Act. SEC. 8. POWERS OF 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. (b) POWERS OF MEMBERS AND AGENTS.— Any member or agent of the Commission may, if so authorized by the Commission, take any action which 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 of the Commission, the head of such department or agency shall furnish such information to the Commission. (d) GIFTS. —The Commission may accept, use, and dispose of gifts or donations of services or property. (e) 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. (f) ADMINISTRATIVE SUPPORT SERVICES. —The Administrator of General Services shall provide to the Commission on a reimbursable basis such administrative support services as the Commission may request. SEC. 9. INITIAL FUNDING OF COMMISSION. If funds are not otherwise available for the necessary expenses of the Commission for fiscal year 1991, the Secretary of Defense shall make available to the Commission, from funds available to the Secretary for the fiscal year concerned, such funds as the Commission requires. When funds are specifically appropriated for the expenses of the Commission, the Commission shall reimburse the Secretary from such funds for any funds provided to it under the preceding sentence.