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H.R.6478 - Denali Commission Reauthorization Act of 2012
To amend the Denali Commission Act of 1998 to reauthorize and modify the membership of the Denali Commission, and for other purposes.
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SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.
SEC. 2. ESTABLISHMENT OF COMMISSION.
‘(1) COMPOSITION- The Commission shall be composed of 7 members with a statewide perspective and knowledge regarding rural Alaska matters (including transportation, health, education and training, energy, economic development, community and regional planning, design, construction, and maintenance of rural infrastructure, workforce development, and communication infrastructure and systems), of whom--CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
‘(2) DATE OF APPOINTMENTS- The appointments of the members of the Commission under subparagraphs (A) and (B) of paragraph (1) shall be made by not later than 90 days after the date of enactment of the Denali Commission Reauthorization Act of 2012.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
‘(A) RECOMMENDATIONS- Not later than 30 days after the date of appointment of the members of the Commission described in paragraph (2), those members shall submit to the Secretary recommendations for an individual to serve as Federal Cochairperson of the Commission under paragraph (1)(C).CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
‘(i) IN GENERAL- Not later than 60 days after the date of receipt of the recommendations under subparagraph (A), the Secretary shall appoint an individual to serve as Federal Cochairperson of the Commission.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
‘(ii) CONSIDERATION- In appointing the Federal Cochairperson under clause (i), the Secretary may take into consideration, but shall not be required to select, any individual recommended under subparagraph (A).CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
‘(ii) INTERIM FEDERAL COCHAIRPERSON- Before vacating the position of Federal Cochairperson, the Federal Cochairperson shall appoint to serve as Interim Federal Cochairperson, for the period beginning on the date on which the vacancy in the position of Federal Cochairperson occurs and ending on the date on which a new Federal Cochairperson is appointed under clause (i), the staff member of the Commission with the most seniority.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
SEC. 3. FUNDING REQUIREMENTS; DUTIES.
‘SEC. 304. FUNDING REQUIREMENTS; DUTIES.
‘(B) for a construction project or activity carried out in a distressed community (as determined by the department of labor and workforce development of the State of Alaska or by the Commission), up to 20 percent of the total cost of the construction project or activity.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
‘(b) Public Comments- The Commission members and the Federal Cochairperson shall seek comments from rural Alaska communities and other stakeholder groups regarding rural development needs.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
‘(2) establish a list of priorities of the Commission for rural Alaska communities on an annual basis, including funding recommendations and the means by which the recommendations--CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
‘(d) Operational Matters- The Federal Cochairperson (and not the members of the Commission) shall be responsible for Commission operational matters, including budgetary matters.’.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(b) Conforming Amendment- Section 307 of the Denali Commission Act of 1998 (
42 U.S.C. 3121note; Public Law 105-277) is amended by striking subsection (c) and inserting the following:CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
‘(1) IN GENERAL- To demonstrate the value of adequate health facilities and services to the economic development of the region, the Secretary of Health and Human Services may make interagency transfers to the Commission to plan, construct, and equip demonstration health, nutrition, and child care projects, including hospitals, health care clinics, and mental health facilities (including drug and alcohol treatment centers).CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
SEC. 4. POWERS OF COMMISSION.
‘(2) AGREEMENTS, GRANTS, AND PAYMENTS- The Commission, acting through the Federal Cochairperson, may enter into contracts and cooperative agreements, award grants, and make payments necessary to carry out the purposes of the Commission.’.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
SEC. 5. COMMISSION PERSONNEL MATTERS.
(a) Compensation of Members- Section 306 of the Denali Commission Act of 1998 (
‘(2) FEDERAL COCHAIRPERSON- The Federal Cochairperson shall be compensated at the annual rate prescribed for level IV of the Executive Schedule under
section 5315 of title 5, United States Code.’.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(1) IN GENERAL- Section 306 of the Denali Commission Act of 1998 (
SEC. 6. REAUTHORIZATION.
The first section 310 of the Denali Commission Act of 1998 (
‘(a) In General- There are authorized to be appropriated to the Commission such sums as are necessary to carry out this title, in accordance with the purposes of this title, for fiscal year 2013 and each fiscal year thereafter.’.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
SEC. 7. REPEALS.
(2) ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE- The second section 310 of the Denali Commission Act of 1998 (
(b) Conforming Amendments- Sections 309 and 310 of the Denali Commission Act of 1998 (
SEC. 8. BUDGET COMMITTEE.
‘SEC. 310. BUDGET COMMITTEE.
‘(a) Establishment- Not later than 180 days after the date of enactment of the Denali Commission Reauthorization Act of 2012, the Federal Cochairperson shall establish a Budget Committee to serve the Commission.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
‘(2) TRAVEL EXPENSES- The members of the Budget Committee shall be allowed travel expenses, including 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 Budget Committee.’.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink