Terms of office
The terms of office of the commissioners holding office on January 3, 1975, which (but for this sentence) would expire on June 16, 1975, June 16, 1976, June 16, 1977, June 16, 1978, June 16, 1979, and June 16, 1980, shall expire on December 16, 1976, June 16, 1978, December 16, 1979, June 16, 1981, December 16, 1982, and June 16, 1984, respectively. The term of office of each commissioner appointed after such date shall expire 9 years from the date of the expiration of the term for which his predecessor was appointed, except that—
any commissioner appointed to fill a vacancy occurring prior to the expiration of the term for which his predecessor was appointed shall be appointed for the remainder of such term, and
any commissioner may continue to serve as a commissioner after an expiration of his term of office until his successor is appointed and qualified.
Chairman and vice chairman; quorum
The chairman and the vice chairman of the Commission shall be designated by the President from among the members of the Commission not ineligible, under paragraph (3), for designation. The President shall notify the Congress of his designations under this paragraph. If, as of the date on which a term begins under paragraph (2), the President has not designated the chairman of the Commission for such term, the Commissioner
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who, as of such date—
is a member of a different political party than the chairman of the Commission for the immediately preceding term, and
has the longest period of continuous service as a commissioner,
shall serve as chairman of the Commission for the portion of such term preceding the date on which an individual designated by the President takes office as chairman.
After June 16, 1978, the terms of office for the chairman and vice chairman of the Commission shall be as follows:
The first term of office occurring after such date shall begin on June 17, 1978, and end at the close of June 16, 1980.
Each term of office thereafter shall begin on the day after the closing date of the immediately preceding term of office and end at the close of the 2-year period beginning on such day.
The President may not designate as the chairman of the Commission for any term any commissioner who is a member of the political party of which the chairman of the Commission for the immediately preceding term is a member, or who has less than 1 year of continuous service as a commissioner as of the date such designation is being made.
The President may not designate as the vice chairman of the Commission for any term any commissioner who is a member of the political party of which the chairman for that term is a member.
If any commissioner does not complete a term as chairman or vice chairman by reason of death, resignation, removal from office as a commissioner, or expiration of his term of office as a commissioner, the President shall designate as the chairman or vice chairman, as the case may be, for the remainder of such term a commissioner who is a member of the same political party. Designation of a chairman under this subparagraph may be made without regard to the 1-year continuous service requirement under subparagraph (A).
The vice chairman shall act as chairman in case of the absence or disability of the chairman. During any period in which there is no chairman or vice chairman, the commissioner having the longest period of continuous service as a commissioner shall act as chairman.
No commissioner shall actively engage in any business, vocation, or employment other than that of serving as a commissioner.
A majority of the commissioners in office shall constitute a quorum, but the Commission may function notwithstanding vacancies.
Authorization of appropriations
For the fiscal year beginning October 1, 1976, and each fiscal year thereafter, there are authorized to be appropriated to the Commission only such sums as may hereafter be provided by law.
There are authorized to be appropriated to the Commission for necessary expenses (including the rental of conference rooms in the District of Columbia and elsewhere) not to exceed the following:
$54,000,000 for fiscal year 2003.
$57,240,000 for fiscal year 2004.
Not to exceed $2,500 of the amount authorized to be appropriated for any fiscal year under subparagraph (A) may be used, subject to the approval of the Chairman of the Commission, for reception and entertainment expenses.
No part of any sum that is appropriated under the authority of subparagraph (A) may be used by the Commission in the making of any special study, investigation, or report that is requested by any agency of the executive branch unless that agency reimburses the Commission for the cost thereof.
There are authorized to be appropriated to the Commission for each fiscal year after September 30, 1977, in addition to any other amount authorized to be appropriated for such fiscal year, such sums as may be necessary for increases authorized by law in salary, pay, retirement, and other employee benefits.
By not later than the date on which the President submits to Congress the budget of the United States Government for a fiscal year, the Commission shall submit to the Committee on Ways and Means of the House of Representatives and the Committee on Finance of the Senate the projected amount of funds for the succeeding fiscal year that will be necessary for the Commission to carry out its functions.
[June 17, 1930, ch. 497], title III, § 330, [46 Stat. 696]; [Aug. 7, 1953, ch. 348], title II, § 201, [67 Stat. 472]; [Pub. L. 93–618, title I], §§ 172(a), (b), 175(b), Jan. 3, 1975, [88 Stat. 2009–2011]; [Pub. L. 94–455, title XVIII, § 1801(a)], (b), Oct. 4, 1976, [90 Stat. 1762]; [Pub. L. 95–106], §§ 1, 2(a), Aug. 17, 1977, [91 Stat. 867]; [Pub. L. 95–430], Oct. 10, 1978, [92 Stat. 1020]; [Pub. L. 97–456, § 1(a)], Jan. 12, 1983, [96 Stat. 2503]; [Pub. L. 98–573, title II, § 248(c)], title VII, § 701, Oct. 30, 1984, [98 Stat. 2998], 3043; [Pub. L. 99–272, title XIII, § 13021], Apr. 7, 1986, [100 Stat. 305]; [Pub. L. 100–203, title IX, § 9502], Dec. 22, 1987, [101 Stat. 1330–380]; [Pub. L. 100–418, title I], §§ 1401(b)(4), 1611, 1612, Aug. 23, 1988, [102 Stat. 1240], 1262; [Pub. L. 100–647, title IX, § 9001(a)(15)], Nov. 10, 1988, [102 Stat. 3808]; [Pub. L. 101–207, § 2], Dec. 7, 1989, [103 Stat. 1833]; [Pub. L. 101–382, title I, § 101], Aug. 20, 1990, [104 Stat. 633];