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114 STAT. 2418 PUBLIC LAW 106-518—NOV. 13, 2000 for the amount of any illegal, improper, or incorrect payment resulting from any false, inaccurate, or misleading certificates made by the certifying officer, as well as for any payment prohibited by law or which did not represent a legal obligation under the appropriation or fund involved. "(c) RIGHTS.— A certifying or disbursing officer— "(1) has the right to apply for and obtain a decision by the Comptroller General on any question of law involved in a payment request presented for certification; and "(2) is entitled to relief from liability arising under this section in accordance with title 31. "(d) OTHER AUTHORITY NOT AFFECTED. —Nothing in this section affects the authority of the courts with respect to moneys deposited with the courts under chapter 129 of this title.". (b) CONFORMING AMENDMENT.—The table of sections for chapter 41 of title 28, United States Code, is amended by adding at the end the following: "613. Disbursing and certifying officers.". 28 USC 613 note. (c) RULE OF CONSTRUCTION. — The amendment made by subsection (a) shall not be construed to authorize the hiring of any Federal officer or employee. (d) DUTIES OF DIRECTOR.— Section 604(a)(8) of title 28, United States Code, is amended to read as follows: "(8) Disburse appropriations and other funds for the maintenance and operation of the courts;". SEC. 305. AMENDMENT TO THE JURY SELECTION PROCESS. Section 1865 of title 28, United States Code, is amended— (1) in subsection (a) by inserting "or the clerk under supervision of the court if the court's jury selection plan so authorizes," after "jury commission,"; and (2) in subsection (b) by inserting "or the clerk if the court's jury selection plan so provides," after "may provide,". SEC. 306. AUTHORIZATION OF A CIRCUIT EXECUTIVE FOR THE FED- ERAL CIRCUIT. Section 332 of title 28, United States Code, is amended by adding at the end the following: "(h)(1) The United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit may appoint a circuit executive, who shall serve at the pleasure of the court. In appointing a circuit executive, the court shall take into account experience in administrative and executive positions, familiarity with court procedures, and special training. The circuit executive shall exercise such administrative powers and perform such duties as may be delegated by the court. The duties delegated to the circuit executive may include the duties specified in subsection (e) of this section, insofar as such duties are applicable to the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. "(2) The circuit executive shall be paid the salary for circuit executives established under subsection (f) of this section. "(3) The circuit executive may appoint, with the approval of the court, necessary employees in such number as may be approved by the Director of the Administrative Office of the United States Courts.