There is established a commission to be known as the Indian Law and Order Commission (referred to in this section as the “Commission”).
The President, the Speaker and Minority Leader of the House of Representatives, and the Majority Leader and Minority Leader of the Senate shall consult before the appointment of members of the Commission under paragraph (1) to achieve, to the maximum extent practicable, fair and equitable representation of various points of view with respect to the matters to be studied by the Commission.
Each member shall be appointed for the life of the Commission.
The appointment of the members of the Commission shall be made not later than 60 days after the date of enactment of this Act.
Not later than 15 days after the date on which all members of the Commission have been appointed, the Commission shall select 1 member to serve as Chairperson of the Commission.
The Commission shall meet at the call of the Chairperson.
The initial meeting shall take place not later than 30 days after the date described in paragraph (1).
A majority of the members of the Commission shall constitute a quorum, but a lesser number of members may hold hearings.
The Commission may establish, by majority vote, any rules for the conduct of Commission business, in accordance with this chapter and other applicable law.
The Commission may hold such hearings, meet and act at such times and places, take such testimony, and receive such evidence as the Commission considers to be advisable to carry out the duties of the Commission under this section.
The hearings of the Commission under this paragraph shall be open to the public.
A witness requested to appear before the Commission shall be paid the same fees and allowances as are paid to witnesses under section 1821 of title 28.
The fees and allowances for a witness shall be paid from funds made available to the Commission.
The Commission may secure directly from a Federal agency such information as the Commission considers to be necessary to carry out this section.
The Commission may request the head of any tribal or State agency to provide to the Commission such information as the Commission considers to be necessary to carry out this section.
The Commission may accept, use, and dispose of gifts or donations of services or property.
A member of the Commission shall be allowed travel expenses, including per diem in lieu of subsistence, at rates authorized for an employee of an agency under subchapter I of chapter 57 of title 5, while away from the home or regular place of business of the member in the performance of the duties of the Commission.
On the affirmative vote of ⅔ of the members of the Commission and the approval of the appropriate Federal agency head, an employee of the Federal Government may be detailed to the Commission without reimbursement, and such detail shall be without interruption or loss of civil service status, benefits, or privileges.
On request of the Commission, the Attorney General shall provide to the Commission, on a reimbursable basis, reasonable and appropriate office space, supplies, and administrative assistance.
On an affirmative vote of ⅔ of the members of the Commission, the Commission may select nongovernmental researchers and experts to assist the Commission in carrying out the duties of the Commission under this section.
The National Institute of Justice may enter into a contract with the researchers and experts selected by the Commission under subparagraph (A) to provide funding in exchange for the services of the researchers and experts.
Nothing in this subsection limits the ability of the Commission to enter into contracts with any other entity or organization to carry out research necessary to carry out the duties of the Commission under this section.
The Commission shall establish a committee, to be known as the “Tribal Advisory Committee”.
The Tribal Advisory Committee shall consist of 2 representatives of Indian tribes from each region of the Bureau of Indian Affairs.
For the fiscal year after July 29, 2010, out of any unobligated amounts available to the Secretary of the Interior or the Attorney General, the Secretary or the Attorney General may use to carry out this section not more than $2,000,000.
The Commission shall terminate 90 days after the date on which the Commission submits the report of the Commission under subsection (f).
The Federal Advisory Committee Act (5 U.S.C. App.) shall not apply to the Commission.