PUBLIC LAW 86-599-JULY 7, 1960
Public Law 86-599 July 7, 1960 [H. R. 3375]
Office of Coal Research, establishment.
Advisory committee s, procedures.
60 Stat. 808,
Coal Research, Director. 5 USC 1071 note. 70 Stat. 739.
AN ACT To encourage and stimulate the production and conservation of coal in the United States through research and development by authorizing the Secretary of the Interior to contract for coal research, and for other purposes.
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That as used in this Act— (a) The term "Secretary means the Secretary of the Interior. (b) The term "research" means scientific, technical, and economic research and the practical application of that research. SEC. 2. The Secretary shall establish within the Department of the Interior an Office of Coal Research, and through such Office shall— (1) develop through research, new and more efficient methods of mining, preparing, and utilizing coal; (2) contract for, sponsor, cosponsor, and promote the coordination of, research with recognized interested groups, including but not limited to, coal trade associations, coal research associations, educational institutions, and agencies of States and political subdivisions of States; (3) establish technical advisory committees composed of recognized experts in various aspects of coal research to assist in the examination and evaluation of research progress and of all research proposals and contracts and to insure the avoidance of duplication of research; and (4) cooperate to the fullest extent possible with other departments, agencies, and independent establishments of the Federal Government and with State governments, and with all other interested agencies, governmental and nongovernmental. SEC. 3. (a) Any advisory committee appointed under the provisions of this Act shall keep minutes of each meeting, which shall contain as a minimum (1) the name of each person attending such meeting, (2) a copy of the agenda, and (3) a record of all votes or polls taken during the meeting. (b) A copy of any such minutes or of any report made by any such committee after final action has been taken thereon by the Secretary shall be available to the public upon request and payment of the cost of furnishing such copy. (c) Members of any advigory committee appointed from private life under authority of this section shall each receive $50 per diem when engaged in the actual performance of their duties as a member of such advisory committee. Such members shall also be entitled to travel expenses and per diem in lieu of subsistence at the rates authorized by section 5 of the Administrative Expenses Act of 1946 (5 U.S.C. 73b-2) for all persons employed intermittently as consultants or experts receiving compensation on a per diem basis. (d) Service by an individual as a member of such an advisory committee shall not subject him to the provisions of section 1914 of title 18 of the United States Code, or, except with respect to a particular matter which directly involves the Office of Coal Research or in which the Office of Coal Research is directly interested, to the provisions of sections 281, 283, or 284 of that title or of section 190 of the Revised Statutes (5 U.S.C. 99). SEC. 4. The Secretary may appoint a Director of Coal Research without regard to the provisions of the civil service laws, or the Classification Act of 1949, as amended. Section 107(a) of the Federal Executive Pay Act, as amended (5 U.S.C. 2206(a)), which prescribes