US (United States) Code. Title 15. Chapter 51: National productivity and quality of working life

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15 USC CHAPTER 51 - NATIONAL PRODUCTIVITY AND QUALITY OF

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TITLE 15 - COMMERCE AND TRADE

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CHAPTER 51 - NATIONAL PRODUCTIVITY AND QUALITY OF WORKING LIFE

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SUBCHAPTER I - FINDINGS, PURPOSE, AND POLICY; DEFINITIONS

Sec.

2401. Congressional findings.

2402. Congressional statement of purpose.

2403. Congressional declaration of policy.

(a) Stimulation of high rate of productivity growth.

(b) Improvement and coordination of Federal plans to

carry out policy.

(c) Interpretation of laws, rules, etc., to carry out

policy.

2404. Definitions.

SUBCHAPTER II - NATIONAL CENTER FOR PRODUCTIVITY AND QUALITY OF

WORKING LIFE

2411. Establishment.

2412. Board of Directors.

(a) Membership.

(b) Term.

(c) Vacancies.

(d) Compensation, travel, subsistence, and other

expense items.

(e) Executive Committee of the Board.

2413. Executive Director and Deputy Director.

(a) Appointment of Executive Director; term of

temporary Executive Director.

(b) Appointment of Deputy Director; functions.

(c) Powers and duties of Executive Director.

(d) Compensation of Executive Director; dual

employment.

2414. Functions of the Center.

2415. Powers of the Center.

2416. Contracts and other funding arrangements.

(a) Qualification of contracts or arrangements.

(b) Duration of contracts or arrangements.

(c) Non-Federal share of project in cash or in kind.

2417. Criteria for participating parties.

(a) Establishment of criteria by regulation.

(b) Reallocation of funds.

(c) Establishment of criteria for determination of

noncompliance.

2418. Annual report.

(a) Contents.

(b) Referral to appropriate committees.

SUBCHAPTER III - FEDERAL AGENCY COORDINATION AND LIAISON WITH

CENTER

2431. Liaison with Center.

(a) Designee.

(b) Consultation with departments, agencies, and

independent establishments of Federal

Government.

(c) Access to information.

2432. Internal review.

2433. Support of external activities.

2434. Internal productivity.

2435. Other statutory obligations

SUBCHAPTER IV - ADMINISTRATIVE PROVISIONS

2451. Authority of Executive Director.

SUBCHAPTER V - EVALUATION BY COMPTROLLER GENERAL

2461. Audit, review, and evaluation.

(a) Audit, etc., by Comptroller General.

(b) Report to Congress; contents.

SUBCHAPTER VI - AUTHORIZATION OF APPROPRIATIONS

2471. Authorization of appropriations.

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Sec. 2401. Congressional findings

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The Congress finds that -

(1) the rate of productivity growth in the United States has

declined during four of the past six years;

(2) the decline in the rate of productivity growth has

contributed to inflation, to economic stagnation, and to

increasing unemployment;

(3) since 1965, the rate of productivity growth of the United

States has been consistently lower than that of many industrial

nations in the world, adversely affecting the competitive

position of the United States in world markets;

(4) growth in productivity of the economy of the United States

is essential to the social and economic welfare of the American

people, and to the health of the world economy;

(5) growth in the productivity of the Nation's economy is

essential to maintain and increase employment, to stabilize the

cost of living and to provide job security;

(6) mounting worldwide material shortages and their consequent

inflationary results make increased efficiency in the utilization

of these resources of urgent importance;

(7) sharing the fruits of productivity gains among labor,

management, and owners may considerably influence productivity;

(8) the continued development of joint labor-management efforts

to provide a healthy environment for collective bargaining can

make a significant contribution to improve productivity and

foster industrial peace;

(9) factors affecting the growth of productivity in the economy

include not only the status of technology and the techniques of

management but also the role of the worker in the production

process and the conditions of his working life;

(10) there is a national need to identify and encourage

appropriate application of capital in sectors of American

economic activity in order to improve productivity;

(11) there is a national need to identify and encourage

appropriate application of technology in all sectors of American

economic activity in order to improve productivity;

(12) there is a national need to identify and encourage the

development of social, economic, scientific, business, labor, and

governmental contributions to improve productivity growth, and

increased economic effectiveness in the public and private

sectors of the United States; which objectives can best be

accomplished through maximizing private sector and State and

local development of such contributions;

(13) there is a national need to identify, study, and revise or

eliminate the laws, regulations, policies, and procedures which

adversely affect productivity growth and the efficient

functioning of the economy;

(14) there is a national need to increase employment security

through such activities as manpower planning, skill-training and

retraining of workers, internal work force adjustments to avoid

worker displacement, assistance to workers facing or experiencing

displacement, and all other public and private programs which

seek to minimize the human costs of productivity improvement,

thereby diminishing resistance to workplace change and improving

productivity growth;

(15) there is a national need to develop new technologies for

the more effective production of goods and services;

(16) there is a national need to encourage and support efforts

by qualified institutions of higher learning to identify and

inaugurate programs which will improve productivity;

(17) there is a national need to develop precise, standardized

measurements of productivity; and

(18) there is a national need to gather and disseminate

information about methods and techniques to improve productivity.

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(Pub. L. 94-136, title I, Sec. 101, Nov. 28, 1975, 89 Stat. 733.)

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SHORT TITLE

Section 1 of Pub. L. 94-136 provided: ''That this Act (enacting

this chapter, repealing section 1026 of this title, and enacting

provisions set out as notes under this section) may be cited as the

'National Productivity And Quality of Working Life Act of 1975'.''

WHITE HOUSE CONFERENCE ON PRODUCTIVITY

Pub. L. 97-367, Oct. 25, 1982, 96 Stat. 1761, required the

President to conduct a White House Conference on Productivity not

later than Oct. 25, 1983, prescribed the duties of the Conference,

required the Conference to submit to the President a final report

not later than 120 days after the date the Conference is called,

and required the President (within 120 days after submission of the

final report) to transmit to Congress his recommendations for the

administrative action and legislation necessary to implement

recommendations contained in the final report with which he

concurs.

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EXECUTIVE ORDER NO. 12089

Ex. Ord. No. 12089, Oct. 23, 1978, 43 F.R. 49773, as amended by

Ex. Ord. No. 12107, Dec. 28, 1978, 44 F.R. 1055, which established

the National Productivity Council and provided for its membership,

functions, etc. was revoked by Ex. Ord. No. 12379, Sec. 16, Aug.

17, 1982, 47 F.R. 36099, set out as a note under section 14 of the

Federal Advisory Committee Act in the Appendix to Title 5,

Government Organization and Employees.

EXECUTIVE ORDER NO. 12332

Ex. Ord. No. 12332, Nov. 10, 1981, 46 F.R. 55913, which

established the National Productivity Advisory Committee, and

provided for its membership, functions, etc. and was extended until

Sept. 30, 1984, by Ex. Ord. No. 12399, Dec. 31, 1982, 48 F.R. 379,

was revoked by Ex. Ord. No. 12534, Sept. 30, 1985, 50 F.R. 40319,

formerly set out as a note under section 14 of the Federal Advisory

Committee Act in the Appendix to Title 5, Government Organization

and Employees.

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Sec. 2402. Congressional statement of purpose

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It is the purpose of this chapter -

(1) to establish a national policy which will encourage

productivity growth consistent with needs of the economy, the

natural environment, and the needs, rights, and best interests of

management, the work force, and consumers; and

(2) to establish as an independent establishment of the

executive branch a National Center for Productivity and Quality

of Working Life to focus, coordinate, and promote efforts to

improve the rate of productivity growth.

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(Pub. L. 94-136, title I, Sec. 102, Nov. 28, 1975, 89 Stat. 734.)

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SECTION REFERRED TO IN OTHER SECTIONS

This section is referred to in section 2461 of this title.

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Sec. 2403. Congressional declaration of policy

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(a) Stimulation of high rate of productivity growth

The Congress, recognizing the profound impact of productivity on

the interrelations of all components of the national economy,

declares that it is the continuing policy of the Federal

Government, in cooperation with State and local governments, to use

all practicable means and measures, including financial and

technical assistance, to stimulate a high rate of productivity

growth.

(b) Improvement and coordination of Federal plans to carry out

policy

It is the continuing responsibility of the Federal Government to

use all practicable means to improve and coordinate Federal plans,

functions, programs, and resources to carry out the policy set

forth in this chapter.

(c) Interpretation of laws, rules, etc., to carry out policy

The laws, rules, regulations, and policies of the United States

shall be so interpreted as to give full force and effect to this

policy.

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(Pub. L. 94-136, title I, Sec. 103, Nov. 28, 1975, 89 Stat. 734.)

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Sec. 2404. Definitions

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For the purposes of this chapter -

(1) the term ''Center'' means the National Center for

Productivity and Quality of Working Life;

(2) the term ''Board'' means the Board of Directors of the

Center;

(3) the terms ''productivity growth'' and ''improved

productivity'' shall be interpreted to include, but not be

limited to, improvements in technology, management techniques,

and the quality of working life; and

(4) the term ''quality of working life'' shall be interpreted

to mean the conditions of work relating to the role of the worker

in the production process.

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(Pub. L. 94-136, title I, Sec. 104, Nov. 28, 1975, 89 Stat. 735.)

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Sec. 2411. Establishment

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There is hereby established as an independent establishment of

the executive branch of the Government the National Center for

Productivity and Quality of Working Life.

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(Pub. L. 94-136, title II, Sec. 201, Nov. 28, 1975, 89 Stat. 735.)

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Sec. 2412. Board of Directors

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(a) Membership

The Center shall have a Board of Directors, to be comprised of

not more than twenty-seven members, as follows:

(1) a Chairman, appointed by the President, by and with the

advice and consent of the Senate;

(2) the Secretary of the Treasury;

(3) the Secretary of Commerce;

(4) the Secretary of Labor;

(5) the Director of the Federal Mediation and Conciliation

Service;

(6) the Executive Director of the Center;

(7) not less than five members who shall be appointed by the

President, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate, from

among qualified private individuals in manufacturing and service

industries;

(8) not less than five members who shall be appointed by the

President, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate, from

among qualified private individuals from labor organizations;

(9) not less than two members who shall be appointed by the

President, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate, from

among qualified individuals in State or local governments;

(10) not less than one member who shall be appointed by the

President, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate, from

among the general public;

(11) not less than one member who shall be appointed by the

President, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate, from

among qualified individuals associated with leading institutions

of higher education; and

(12) such other qualified members from the public or private

sectors whom the President may deem appropriate who shall be

appointed by the President, by and with the advice and consent of

the Senate.

When unable to attend a meeting of the Board, a member appointed

under clauses (2), (3), (4), and (5) shall appoint an appropriate

alternate from such member's Department or agency to represent such

member at that meeting.

(b) Term

(1) The members of the Board appointed under clauses (7), (8),

(9), (10), (11), and any private sector members appointed pursuant

to clause (12) of subsection (a) of this section shall be appointed

for a four-year term coterminous with the term of the President.

Members other than members appointed under such clauses, with the

exception of the Chairman, shall serve as long as such member is

head of the department or agency represented on the Board. No

person shall serve as an acting or temporary member in positions

requiring Senate confirmation including that of Chairman, for a

period in excess of three months.

(2) The President shall appoint a Chairman for a term of four

years coterminous with the term of the President. In appointing a

Chairman, the President may appoint an individual who is an officer

of the United States. If that officer has been appointed to his

current position, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate,

or if such individual is the Vice President of the United States,

such individual may be appointed chairman by the President without

the requirement of confirmation by the Senate.

(c) Vacancies

Any member appointed to fill a vacancy occurring before the

expiration of the term for which his predecessor was appointed

shall be appointed for the remainder of that term.

(d) Compensation, travel, subsistence, and other expense items

(1) Each member of the Board appointed under clauses (7), (8),

(9), (10), (11), and any private sector members appointed pursuant

to clause (12) of subsection (a) of this section may be compensated

at the daily rate provided for GS-18 of the General Schedule under

section 5332 of title 5, including traveltime, for each day such

member is engaged in the performance of his duties as a member of

the Board and shall be entitled to reimbursement for travel,

subsistence, and other necessary expenses incurred in carrying out

the functions of the Board.

(2) Other members of the Board, with the exception of the

Chairman, and the Executive Director of the Center shall serve

without additional compensation but shall be reimbursed for travel,

subsistence, and other necessary expenses incurred by them in

carrying out the functions of the Board.

(3) The Chairman shall be compensated as set forth in paragraph

(1) of this subsection, except if the Chairman holds some other

position in the Federal Government such individual shall be

compensated as set forth in paragraph (2) of this subsection.

(e) Executive Committee of the Board

(1) The Chairman shall appoint an Executive Committee of the

Board, not to exceed seven members, including the Executive

Director of the Center.

(2) The Executive Committee of the Board shall meet at the call

of the Chairman, but in no case less frequently than once every

ninety days.

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(Pub. L. 94-136, title II, Sec. 202, Nov. 28, 1975, 89 Stat. 735.)

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REFERENCES IN OTHER LAWS TO GS-16, 17, OR 18 PAY RATES

References in laws to the rates of pay for GS-16, 17, or 18, or

to maximum rates of pay under the General Schedule, to be

considered references to rates payable under specified sections of

Title 5, Government Organization and Employees, see section 529

(title I, Sec. 101(c)(1)) of Pub. L. 101-509, set out in a note

under section 5376 of Title 5.

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Sec. 2413. Executive Director and Deputy Director

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(a) Appointment of Executive Director; term of temporary Executive

Director

The Center shall have an Executive Director, who shall be

appointed by the President by and with the advice and consent of

the Senate, without regard to political affiliation and solely on

the basis of fitness to perform the duties and functions of the

office. No person shall serve as acting or temporary Executive

Director for a period in excess of three months.

(b) Appointment of Deputy Director; functions

The Executive Director shall appoint a Deputy Director, who shall

perform such functions as the Executive Director may prescribe.

The Deputy Director shall act for and exercise the powers of the

Executive Director during the absence of disability of the

Executive Director.

(c) Powers and duties of Executive Director

The Executive Director shall be responsible for the exercise of

all powers and the discharge of all duties of the Center. The

Executive Director shall have authority over and control of all of

the staff of the Center and their activities. The Executive

Director shall maintain budgets and allocate available funds as

appropriate in carrying out the provisions of this chapter.

(d) Compensation of Executive Director; dual employment

The Executive Director shall be compensated at a rate not to

exceed that provided for Executive level IV under section 5315 of

title 5 as determined by the President, and shall have no other

employment, public or private, during the tenure of his

appointment.

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(Pub. L. 94-136, title II, Sec. 203, Nov. 28, 1975, 89 Stat. 736.)

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Sec. 2414. Functions of the Center

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The Center shall -

(1) develop and establish, in consultation with the appropriate

committees of the Congress and with the appropriate departments

and agencies of the executive branch, a national policy for

productivity growth in the public and private sectors of the

United States consistent with the purposes of this chapter;

(2) seek, stimulate, and encourage maximum active participation

of -

(A) the private sector of the Nation's economy, including

labor organizations, associations and confederations, business

enterprises and associations, institutions of higher education,

foundations and other philanthropic organizations and research

centers and institutes; and

(B) the public sector of the Nation's economy, including

Federal, State, and local governments and agencies thereof,

including institutions of higher education,

in efforts to improve the rate of productivity growth in all

sectors of the Nation's economy;

(3) seek, stimulate, and encourage maximum active participation

of the public agencies and private organizations identified in

clause (2) of this section through identification and

encouragement of selected research and demonstration programs

implemented by public agencies and qualified private

organizations which will -

(A) increase the rate of productivity growth in the public

and private sectors of the national economy through improved

and innovative utilization of technological and human

resources; and

(B) develop, refine, and apply accurate and reliable

measurement techniques to evaluate changes in productivity;

(4) to identify, study, and review -

(A) existing Federal, State, and local statutes, regulations,

and fiscal policies which adversely affect productivity growth

or the economic performance of the public and private sectors

of the United States;

(B) incentives to encourage industry and labor initiatives in

the development of methods, techniques, and systems for the

improved utilization of technological and human resources in

the public and private sectors;

(C) existing and new programs, plans, and other methods,

including advanced warning systems, retraining programs,

retirement and separation programs, designed to counteract

threats to job security which may result from efforts to

improve productivity;

(D) jointly, with the Director of the Office of Personnel

Management, the impact of Federal personnel policies, statutes,

and regulations affecting the productivity of Federal agencies

and the quality of working life of Federal employees; and

(E) the need and feasibility of providing, directly to

potential users, public or private, various Center services in

return for payment to the Center, and methods by which charges

for such services will be established;

(5) recommend to the President, the Congress, the appropriate

agencies and departments of the Federal Government, and State and

local governments, any legislation, revisions of regulations,

policies, practices, and procedures which result from the

activities carried out under clause (4) of this section;

(6) encourage, support, and initiate efforts in the public or

private sector specifically designed to improve cooperation

between labor and management in the achievement of continued

productivity growth: Provided, however, That no activities of the

Center involving consideration of issues included in a specific

labor-management agreement shall be undertaken without the

consent and cooperation of the parties to that agreement;

(7) encourage departments and agencies of the Federal

Government to initiate, stimulate, and support efforts in both

the public and private sectors of the United States to improve

the rate of productivity growth;

(8) coordinate all activities referred to in subsection (7) of

this section in order to eliminate interagency duplication of

effort and cost, to insure that Center activities will not

unnecessarily conflict or overlap with such other activities, and

to maximize the effectiveness of all such Federal programs and

activities;

(9) coordinate and consult with the departments and agencies of

the Federal Government in the obligation and expenditure of funds

for activities and projects in both the public and private

sectors to improve productivity growth;

(10) identify, develop, and support activities, programs,

systems, and techniques, in the various departments and agencies

of the Federal Government for measuring productivity growth

within such departments and agencies;

(11) collect and disseminate relevant information obtained by

the Center or other public agencies, institutions of higher

education, or private organizations engaged in projects under

this chapter, including information related to new or improved

methods, systems, technological developments, equipment, and

devices to improve and stimulate productivity growth, and to

develop and implement a public information program designed to

inform the public of the meaning and importance of productivity,

and productivity growth;

(12) encourage and coordinate the efforts of State and local

governments, and institutions of higher education, to improve

productivity;

(13) maintain liaison with organizations, both domestic and

foreign, involved in efforts to improve productivity;

(14) determine the Nation's needs for productivity-related

management and analytical skills and to encourage and facilitate

the development of training programs in such skills; and

(15) study the effects of materials availability upon

productivity growth.

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(Pub. L. 94-136, title II, Sec. 204, Nov. 28, 1975, 89 Stat. 737;

1978 Reorg. Plan No. 2, Sec. 102, 43 F.R. 36037, 92 Stat. 3783.)

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TRANSFER OF FUNCTIONS

''Director of the Office of Personnel Management'' substituted

for ''Civil Service Commission'' in par. (4)(D) pursuant to Reorg.

Plan No. 2 of 1978, Sec. 102, 43 F.R. 36037, 92 Stat. 3783, set out

under section 1101 of Title 5, Government Organization and

Employees, which transferred functions vested by statute in United

States Civil Service Commission to Director of Office of Personnel

Management (except as otherwise specified), effective Jan. 1, 1979,

as provided by section 1-102 of Ex. Ord. No. 12107, Dec. 28, 1978,

44 F.R. 1055, set out under section 1101 of Title 5.

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Sec. 2415. Powers of the Center

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In carrying out its functions, the Center is authorized -

(1) to enter into contracts or other funding arrangements, or

modifications thereof, in order to carry out the provisions of

this chapter;

(2) to organize and conduct, directly by contract or other

funding arrangements with other public agencies or private

organizations, conferences, meetings, seminars, workshops, or

other forums for the presentation and dissemination of relevant

information generated or collected pursuant to the provisions of

this chapter;

(3) to make such studies and recommendations to the President

and to Congress as may be necessary to carry out the functions of

the Center;

(4) to implement a program and secure necessary facilities for

the collection, collation, analysis, and interpretation of data

and information as required in order to carry out the public

information functions under this chapter; and

(5) to undertake such other studies, reviews, activities, and

to make such recommendations and reports as may be required to

carry out the functions of the Center.

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(Pub. L. 94-136, title II, Sec. 205, Nov. 28, 1975, 89 Stat. 739.)

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Sec. 2416. Contracts and other funding arrangements

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(a) Qualification of contracts or arrangements

No contracts or other funding arrangements may be entered into

under this chapter unless -

(1) such contracts or other funding arrangements will be

consistent with the policies and purposes of this chapter and of

potential benefit to other users in the public or private

sectors;

(2) provisions are made to evaluate the demonstration program

and maintain improvement data, such evaluation either to be

implemented by the participating parties in accordance with

specifications established by the Center, or to be implemented by

or on behalf of the Center; and

(3) the participating parties agree that all information

relating to any innovation or achievement generated in the course

of any Center-funded demonstration program shall be public

information.

(b) Duration of contracts or arrangements

No contract or other funding arrangement shall be made or entered

into pursuant to the provisions of this chapter for a period of

more than three years.

(c) Non-Federal share of project in cash or in kind

Any non-Federal share of a project may be in cash or in kind,

fairly evaluated, including, but not limited to, plant, equipment,

or services.

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(Pub. L. 94-136, title II, Sec. 206, Nov. 28, 1975, 89 Stat. 739.)

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Sec. 2417. Criteria for participating parties

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(a) Establishment of criteria by regulation

The Center shall prescribe by regulation, after consultation with

appropriate agencies and officials of Federal, State, and local

governments, basic criteria for the participating parties under

this chapter.

(b) Reallocation of funds

If the Center determines, on the basis of information available

to it during any fiscal year, that a portion of the funds provided

to a participating party for that fiscal year will not be required

by the party or will become available by virtue of the application

of regulations established by the Center to govern noncompliance by

a participating party, that portion shall be available for

reallocation under this section.

(c) Establishment of criteria for determination of noncompliance

The Center shall by regulation prescribe the basic criteria for

determination of noncompliance by participating parties including

appropriate provisions for notice and hearing with respect to such

determination.

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(Pub. L. 94-136, title II, Sec. 207, Nov. 28, 1975, 89 Stat. 739.)

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SUBCHAPTER II - NATIONAL CENTER FOR PRODUCTIVITY AND QUALITY OF

WORKING LIFE

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Sec. 2418. Annual report

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(a) Contents

Not later than December 31 of each year, the Center shall report

to the President and to the Congress on activities pursuant to the

provision of this subchapter during the preceding fiscal year; such

reports shall include a detailed statement of all public and

private funds received and expended together with such

recommendations as the Center deems appropriate. Such report shall

include an analysis of the extent to which each agency of the

Federal Government which has significant responsibilities for

assisting in the improvement of productivity is carrying out such

responsibilities consistent with the provisions of this chapter,

including (A) an accounting of all funds expended or obligated by

such agencies for activities and projects to improve productivity

growth, (B) an assessment of the extent to which such expenditures

or obligations have furthered the policies of the Center, and (C)

the Center's recommendations on how these expenditures and

obligations can be better coordinated to accomplish the purposes of

this chapter.

(b) Referral to appropriate committees

Each report required to be submitted to the Congress by this

chapter shall be referred to the standing committee or committees

having jurisdiction over any part of the subject matter of the

report.

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(Pub. L. 94-136, title II, Sec. 208, Nov. 28, 1975, 89 Stat. 740.)

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15 USC SUBCHAPTER III - FEDERAL AGENCY COORDINATION AND

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SUBCHAPTER III - FEDERAL AGENCY COORDINATION AND LIAISON WITH

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15 USC Sec. 2431 01/06/03

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Sec. 2431. Liaison with Center

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(a) Designee

Each department, agency, and independent establishment of the

Federal Government shall designate a qualified individual to serve

as liaison with the Center and to assist the Center in carrying out

its functions pursuant to this chapter.

(b) Consultation with departments, agencies, and independent

establishments of Federal Government

Each department, agency, and independent establishment of the

Federal Government shall keep the Center currently informed of its

programs, policies, and initiatives to improve productivity which

relate to the responsibilities of the Center, and shall consult

with the Center prior to the obligation or expenditure of funds for

activities or projects to improve productivity growth.

(c) Access to information

Each Federal department, agency, and independent establishment of

the Federal Government is authorized and directed to furnish or

allow access to all relevant materials and information required by

the Center to carry out its functions under this chapter.

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(Pub. L. 94-136, title III, Sec. 301, Nov. 28, 1975, 89 Stat. 740.)

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Sec. 2432. Internal review

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Each department, agency, and independent establishment of the

Federal Government, in coordination with the Center, shall study

and review the promulgation and implementation of its statutory

authority, policies, and regulations, and shall identify such

statutes, policies, and regulations which adversely affect

productivity growth in the public or private sectors of the United

States, or those which impede the efficient functioning of the

Nation's economy, and shall recommend to the President and the

Congress, or implement where appropriate, alternative statutes,

policies, and regulations which will contribute to the achievement

of the purposes of this chapter.

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(Pub. L. 94-136, title III, Sec. 302, Nov. 28, 1975, 89 Stat. 740.)

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Sec. 2433. Support of external activities

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Each department, agency, and independent establishment of the

Federal Government, in coordination with the Center, shall, to the

extent appropriate, make available to State and local governments,

labor organizations, industry, public institutions, and other

qualified organizations advice, information, and support, including

financial and other assistance, designed to maintain, promote, and

enhance sustained productivity growth in the public and private

sectors of the United States.

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(Pub. L. 94-136, title III, Sec. 303, Nov. 28, 1975, 89 Stat. 741.)

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Sec. 2434. Internal productivity

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Each department, agency, and independent establishment of the

Federal Government shall identify, develop, initiate, and support

appropriate programs, systems, procedures, policies, and techniques

to improve the productivity of such departments and agencies,

including the implementation, where desirable, of specific programs

recommended, supported, or implemented by the Center.

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(Pub. L. 94-136, title III, Sec. 304, Nov. 28, 1975, 89 Stat. 741.)

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Sec. 2435. Other statutory obligations

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Nothing in this subchapter affects any specific statutory

obligation of any Federal agency (1) to coordinate or consult with

any other Federal or State agency or (2) to act, or to refrain from

acting, contingent upon the recommendations or certification of any

other Federal or State agency.

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(Pub. L. 94-136, title III, Sec. 305, Nov. 28, 1975, 89 Stat. 741.)

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Sec. 2451. Authority of Executive Director

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The Executive Director is authorized to -

(1) prescribe such regulations as are deemed necessary to carry

out the purposes of this chapter;

(2) receive money and other property donated, bequeathed, or

devised, or remitted in payment for services rendered, without

condition or restriction other than that it be for the purposes

of the Center;

(3) receive (and use, sell, or otherwise dispose of, in

accordance with clause (2)) money or other property donated,

bequeathed, or devised to the Center, except for such money and

other property which includes a condition that the Center use

other funds of the Center for the purpose of the gift, in which

case two-thirds of the members of the Board of the Center must

approve such donations;

(4) appoint and fix the compensation of such personnel as may

be necessary to carry out the provisions of this chapter in

accordance with the provisions of title 5, governing appointments

in the competitive service, and the provisions of chapter 51 and

subchapter III of chapter 53 of such title relating to

classification and General Schedule pay rates;

(5) obtain the services of experts and consultants in

accordance with the provisions of section 3109 of title 5, at

rates for individuals not to exceed the maximum daily rate

prescribed for GS-18 under section 5332 of title 5;

(6) accept and utilize the services of voluntary and

noncompensated personnel and reimburse them for travel expenses,

including per diem as authorized by section 5703 of title 5;

(7) utilize, on a reimbursable or nonreimbursable basis the

services, equipment, personnel, and facilities of any other

department or agency of the United States;

(8) establish one or more task forces to assist and advise the

Center, composed of individuals who, by reason of experience, are

qualified for such service. Each member of any such task force

who is not an officer or employee of the Federal Government may

receive an amount not to exceed the maximum daily rate prescribed

for GS-18 under section 5332 of title 5 for each day such

individual is engaged in the actual performance of duties

(including traveltime) as a member of such a task force. Members

may be reimbursed for travel, subsistence, and necessary expenses

incurred in the performance of their duties; and

(9) make advances, progress, and other payments deemed

necessary under this chapter without regard to the provisions of

section 3324(a) and (b) of title 31.

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(Pub. L. 94-136, title IV, Sec. 401, Nov. 28, 1975, 89 Stat. 741.)

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REFERENCES IN TEXT

The provisions of title 5 governing appointments in the

competitive service, referred to in par. (4), are classified to

section 3301 et seq. of Title 5, Government Organization and

Employees.

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CODIFICATION

In par. (9), ''section 3324(a) and (b) of title 31'' substituted

for ''section 3648 of the Revised Statutes, as amended (21 (31)

U.S.C. 529)'' on authority of Pub. L. 97-258, Sec. 4(b), Sept. 13,

1982, 96 Stat. 1067, the first section of which enacted Title 31,

Money and Finance.

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REFERENCES IN OTHER LAWS TO GS-16, 17, OR 18 PAY RATES

References in laws to the rates of pay for GS-16, 17, or 18, or

to maximum rates of pay under the General Schedule, to be

considered references to rates payable under specified sections of

Title 5, Government Organization and Employees, see section 529

(title I, Sec. 101(c)(1)) of Pub. L. 101-509, set out in a note

under section 5376 of Title 5.

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SUBCHAPTER V - EVALUATION BY COMPTROLLER GENERAL

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Sec. 2461. Audit, review, and evaluation

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(a) Audit, etc., by Comptroller General

The Comptroller General of the United States shall audit, review,

and evaluate the implementation of the provisions of this chapter

by the Center.

(b) Report to Congress; contents

Not less than thirty months nor more than thirty-six months after

November 28, 1975, the Comptroller General shall prepare and submit

to the Congress a report on his audit conducted pursuant to

subsection (a) of this section, which shall contain, but not be

limited to, the following:

(1) an evaluation of the effectiveness of the Center's

activities;

(2) an evaluation of the effect of the activities of the Center

on the efficiency, and effectiveness, of affected Federal

agencies in carrying out their assigned functions and duties

under this chapter; and

(3) recommendations concerning any legislation he deems

necessary, and the reasons therefor, for improving the

implementation of the objectives of this chapter as set forth in

section 2402 of this title.

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(Pub. L. 94-136, title V, Sec. 501, Nov. 28, 1975, 89 Stat. 742.)

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Sec. 2471. Authorization of appropriations

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There are authorized to be appropriated to carry out the purposes

of this chapter, not to exceed $6,250,000 for the fiscal year

ending June 30, 1976, and the subsequent transition period ending

September 30, 1976; not to exceed $5,000,000 for the fiscal year

ending September 30, 1977; and not to exceed $5,000,000 for the

fiscal year ending September 30, 1978. Funds appropriated for any

fiscal year shall remain available for obligation until expended.

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(Pub. L. 94-136, title VII, Sec. 701, Nov. 28, 1975, 89 Stat. 743.)

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