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PUBLIC LAW 106-129—DEC. 6, 1999 113 STAT. 1665 "(1) APPOINTED MEMBERS.— Members of the Advisory Council appointed under subsection (c)(2) shall receive compensation for each day (including travel time) engaged in carrying out the duties of the Advisory Council unless declined by the member. Such compensation may not be in an amount in excess of the daily equivalent of the annual rate of basic pay prescribed for level IV of the Executive Schedule under section 5315 of title 5, United States Code, for each day during which such member is engaged in the performance of the duties of the Advisory Council. " (2) Ex OFFICIO MEMBERS.— Officials designated under subsection (c)(3) as ex officio members of the Advisory Council may not receive compensation for service on the Advisory Council in addition to the compensation otherwise received for duties carried out as officers of the United States. "(i) STAFF.— The Director shall provide to the Advisory Council such staff, information, and other assistance as may be necessary to carry out the duties of the Council. "(j) DURATION.— Notwithstanding section 14(a) of the Federal Advisory Committee Act, the Advisory Council shall continue in existence until otherwise provided by law. "SEC. 922. PEER REVIEW WITH RESPECT TO GRANTS AND CONTRACTS. 42 USC 299c-l. "(a) REQUIREMENT OF REVIEW. — "(1) IN GENERAL.—Appropriate technical and scientific peer review shall be conducted with respect to each application for a grant, cooperative agreement, or contract under this title. "(2) REPORTS TO DIRECTOR.— Each peer review group to which an application is submitted pursuant to paragraph (1) shall report its finding and recommendations respecting the application to the Director in such form and in such manner as the Director shall require. "(b) APPROVAL AS PRECONDITION OF AWARDS. —The Director may not approve an application described in subsection (a)(1) unless the application is recommended for approval by a peer review group established under subsection (c). "(c) ESTABLISHMENT OF PEER REVIEW GROUPS.— "(1) IN GENERAL.— The Director shall establish such technical and scientific peer review groups as may be necessary to carry out this section. Such groups shall be established without regard to the provisions of title 5, United States Code, that govern appointments in the competitive service, and without regard to the provisions of chapter 51, and subchapter III of chapter 53, of such title that relate to classification and pay rates under the General Schedule. "(2) MEMBERSHIP. —The members of any peer review group established under this section shall be appointed from among individuals who by virtue of their training or experience are eminently qualified to carry out the duties of such peer review group. Officers and employees of the United States may not constitute more than 25 percent of the membership of any such group. Such officers and employees may not receive compensation for service on such groups in addition to the compensation otherwise received for these duties carried out as such officers and employees. "(3) DURATION. — Notwithstanding section 14(a) of the Federal Advisory Committee Act, peer review groups established