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8 House Members View Draft Bill on Independent Science/Tech Probe of WTC 1, 2, 7 Collapses

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(1) The Committee may secure directly from any Federal department or agency such information as the Committee considers necessary to perform its duties. Upon request of the Committee Chair, the head of such department or agency shall furnish such information to the Committee.

(2) Information shall only be received, handled, stored, and disseminated by Committee members and its staff that are consistent with applicable statutes, regulations, and Executive orders.


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(1) General Services Administration——The Administrator of General Services shall provide to the Committee on a reimbursable basis, administrative support and other services for the performance of the Committee’s functions.

(2) Other Departments and Agencies——In addition to the assistance prescribed in paragraph (1), departments and agencies of the United States may provide to the Committee such services, funds, facilities, staff, and other support services as they may determine advisable and as may be authorized by law.

 (f) UNITED STATES POSTAL SERVICES——the Committee may use the United States mails in the same manner and under the same conditions as other departments and agencies of the Federal Government.

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(a) Subject to adoption of expenses resolutions as required by Clause 5 of Rule XI of the Rules of the House of Representatives, the Committee may incur expenses in connection with its functions under this Act.

(b) In carrying out its functions under this Act, the Committee is authorized to——

(1) appoint, either on a full-time basis or as experts or consultants, such staff as the Committee considers necessary;

(2) prescribe the duties and responsibilities of such staff;

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(3) fix the compensation of such staff at a single per annum gross rate which does not exceed the highest rate of basic pay, as in effect from time to time, of Level V of the Executive Schedule in Section 5316 of Title 5, United States Code. All Committee members who are officers or employees of the United States shall serve without compensation in addition to that received for their services as officers or employees of the United States.

(4) procure temporary and intermittent services by order of the Committee Chair under Section 3109(b) of Title 5, United States Code, at rates for individuals that do not exceed the daily equivalent of the annual rate of basic pay prescribed for Level V of the Executive Schedule under Section 5316 of such title.

(5) allow Committee members travel expenses, which shall include that of  per diem in lieu of subsistence, at rates authorized for employees of agencies under Subchapter I of Chapter 57 of Title 5, United States Code, while away from their homes or regular places of business in the performance of services for the Committee.

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Dr. Ellis is the principal of Ellis & Associates, LLC, a writers group in Portland OR, a nominee for a Pulitzer Prize in history in 2004 (The Moving Appeal), and a former journalism professor at Louisiana's McNeese State University and Oregon State (more...)

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