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[121 STAT. 105]
PUBLIC LAW 110-000—MMMM. DD, 2007

PUBLIC LAW 110–26—MAY 11, 2007

121 STAT. 105

States, and it is in the national interest that the Congressional Charter confirm that status and that any changes to the Congressional Charter do not affect the rights and obligations of The American National Red Cross to carry out its purposes. (8) Given the role of The American National Red Cross in carrying out its services, programs, and activities, and meeting its various obligations, the effectiveness of The American National Red Cross will be promoted by the creation of an organizational ombudsman who— (A) will be a neutral or impartial dispute resolution practitioner whose major function will be to provide confidential and informal assistance to the many internal and external stakeholders of The American National Red Cross; (B) will report to the chief executive officer and the audit committee of the Board of Governors; and (C) will have access to anyone and any documents in The American National Red Cross. (b) SENSE OF CONGRESS.—It is the sense of Congress that— (1) charitable organizations are an indispensable part of American society, but these organizations can only fulfill their important roles by maintaining the trust of the American public; (2) trust is fostered by effective governance and transparency, which are the principal goals of the recommendations of the Board of Governors in the Governance Report and this Act; (3) Federal and State action play an important role in ensuring effective governance and transparency by setting standards, rooting out violations, and informing the public; (4) while The American National Red Cross is and will remain a Federally chartered instrumentality of the United States, and it has the rights and obligations consistent with that status, The American National Red Cross nevertheless should maintain appropriate communications with State regulators of charitable organizations and should cooperate with them as appropriate in specific matters as they arise from time to time; and (5) while The American National Red Cross is and will remain a Federally chartered instrumentality of the United States, and it has the rights and obligations consistent with that status, The American National Red Cross nevertheless should maintain appropriate communications and collaborations with local, community, and faith-based non-profit organizations, including those organizations that work within minority communities. SEC. 3. ORGANIZATION.

Section 300101 of title 36, United States Code, is amended— (1) in subsection (a), by inserting ‘‘a Federally chartered instrumentality of the United States and’’ before ‘‘a body corporate and politic’’; and (2) in subsection (b), by inserting at the end the following new sentence: ‘‘The corporation may conduct its business and affairs, and otherwise hold itself out, as the ‘American Red Cross’ in any jurisdiction.’’. SEC. 4. PURPOSES. dkrause on GSDDPC44 with PUBLAW

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