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S.775 - National Infrastructure Improvement Act of 2007
A bill to establish a National Commission on the Infrastructure of the United States.
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August 3, 2007
SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.
SEC. 2. DEFINITIONS.
(1) ACQUISITION- The term `acquisition' includes any necessary activities for siting a facility, equipment, structures, or rolling stock by purchase, lease-purchase, trade, or donation.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(A) IN GENERAL- The term `infrastructure' means a nonmilitary structure or facility, and any equipment and any nonstructural elements associated with such a structure or facility.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(i) a surface transportation facility (such as a road, bridge, highway, public transportation facility, and freight and passenger rail), as the Commission, in consultation with the National Surface Transportation Policy and Revenue Study Commission established by section 1909(b)(1) of the Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users (
(A) any feature that preserves and restores a natural process, a landform (including a floodplain), a natural vegetated stream side buffer, wetland, or any other topographical feature that can slow, filter, and naturally store storm water runoff and flood waters;CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(6) MAINTENANCE- The term `maintenance' means any regularly scheduled activity, such as a routine repair, intended to ensure that infrastructure continues to operate efficiently and as intended.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
SEC. 3. ESTABLISHMENT OF COMMISSION.
(a) Establishment- There is established a commission to be known as the `National Commission on the Infrastructure of the United States' to ensure that the infrastructure of the United States--CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(A) have experience in 1 or more of the fields of economics, public administration, civil engineering, public works, construction, and related design professions, planning, public investment financing, environmental engineering, or water resources engineering; andCommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(d) Initial Meeting- Not later than 30 days after the date on which all members of the Commission have been appointed, the Commission shall hold the initial meeting of the Commission.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
SEC. 4. DUTIES.
(A) the capacity of infrastructure to sustain current and anticipated economic development and competitiveness, including long-term economic growth, including the potential return to the United States economy on investments in new infrastructure as opposed to investments in existing infrastructure;CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(C) the methods used to finance the construction, acquisition, rehabilitation, and maintenance of infrastructure (including general obligation bonds, tax-credit bonds, revenue bonds, user fees, excise taxes, direct governmental assistance, and private investment);CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(E) investment requirements, by type of infrastructure, that are necessary to maintain the current condition and performance of the infrastructure and the investment needed (adjusted for inflation and expressed in real dollars) to improve infrastructure in the future;CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(1) on a Federal infrastructure plan that will detail national infrastructure program priorities, including alternative methods of meeting national infrastructure investment needs to effectuate balanced economic development;CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(4) for proposed guidelines for the uniform reporting, by Federal agencies, of construction, acquisition, rehabilitation, and maintenance data with respect to infrastructure improvements.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(2) the recommendations of the Commission under subsection (b), including recommendations for such legislation and administrative actions for 5-, 15-, 30-, and 50-year time periods as the Commission considers to be appropriate.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
SEC. 5. POWERS OF THE COMMISSION.
(a) Hearings- The Commission shall hold such hearings, meet and act at such times and places, take such testimony, administer such oaths, and receive such evidence as the Commission considers advisable to carry out this Act.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(d) Contracts- The Commission may enter into contracts with other entities, including contracts under which 1 or more entities, with the guidance of the Commission, conduct the study required under section 4(a).CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
SEC. 6. COMMISSION PERSONNEL MATTERS.
(a) Compensation of Members- A member of the Commission shall serve without pay, but shall be allowed a per diem allowance for travel expenses, at rates authorized for an employee of an agency under subchapter I of chapter 57 of title 5, United States Code, while away from the home or regular place of business of the member in the performance of the duties of the Commission.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(1) IN GENERAL- The Chairperson of the Commission may, without regard to the civil service laws, including regulations, appoint and terminate an executive director and such other additional personnel as are necessary to enable the Commission to perform the duties of the Commission.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(A) IN GENERAL- Except as provided in subparagraph (B), the Chairperson of the Commission may fix the compensation of the executive director and other personnel without regard to the provisions of chapter 51 and subchapter III of chapter 53 of title 5, United States Code, relating to classification of positions and General Schedule pay rates.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(B) MAXIMUM RATE OF PAY- In no event shall any employee of the Commission (other than the executive director) receive as compensation an amount in excess of the maximum rate of pay for Executive Level IV under
(d) Procurement of Temporary and Intermittent Services- On request of the Commission, the Secretary of the Army, acting through the Chief of Engineers, shall provide, on a reimbursable basis, such office space, supplies, equipment, and other support services to the Commission and staff of the Commission as are necessary for the Commission to carry out the duties of the Commission under this Act.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
SEC. 7. REPORTS.
(a) Interim Reports- Not later than 1 year after the date of the initial meeting of the Commission, the Commission shall submit an interim report containing a detailed summary of the progress of the Commission, including meetings and hearings conducted during the interim period, to--CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(b) Final Report- On termination of the Commission under section 9, the Commission shall submit a final report containing a detailed statement of the findings and conclusions of the Commission and recommendations for legislation and other policies to implement those findings and conclusions, to--CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(c) Transparency- A report submitted under subsection (a) or (b) shall be made available to the public electronically, in a user-friendly format, including on the Internet.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
SEC. 8. FUNDING.
(1) using amounts made available to the Secretary of Transportation from any source or account other than the Highway Trust Fund, the Secretary of Transportation shall transfer to the Commission $750,000 for use in carrying out this Act;CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(2) using amounts from the General Expenses account of the Corps of Engineers (other than amounts in that account made available through the Department of Defense), the Secretary of the Army, acting through the Chief of Engineers, shall transfer to the Commission $250,000 for use in carrying out this Act; andCommentsClose CommentsPermalink