H.R.2623 - 9/11 Commission Review Act
To establish a National Commission to Review the National Response Since the Terrorist Attacks of September 11, 2001.
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SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.
SEC. 2. ESTABLISHMENT.
There is established in the legislative branch a National Commission to Review the National Response Since the Terrorist Attacks of September 11, 2001 (referred to as the ‘9/11 Review Commission’).CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
SEC. 3. PURPOSES OF THE 9/11 REVIEW COMMISSION.
The 9/11 Review Commission shall conduct a comprehensive review of the implementation of the recommendations proposed in the report issued by the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States (commonly known as the ‘9/11 Commission’), as established pursuant to section 601 of the Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2003 (
(1) assess the progress and challenges in carrying out the recommendations of the 9/11 Commission, including any relevant legislation, Executive order, regulation, plan, policy, practice, or procedure implemented since the attacks of September 11, 2001;CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(2) analyze the trends of domestic terror attacks since the attacks of September 11, 2001, including the growing influence of domestic radicalization and its causes, and recommendations on how Federal, State, and local agencies can deter and mitigate such radicalization;CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(3) investigate whether there exists evidence that was not considered by the 9/11 Commission of any conduct, relationships, or other factors which served in any manner to contribute to, facilitate, support, or assist the hijackers who carried out the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001; andCommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(4) provide additional recommendations with regard to protecting United States homeland security, ensuring interagency intelligence sharing, and other matters relating to counterterrorism policy.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
SEC. 4. COMPOSITION OF THE 9/11 REVIEW COMMISSION.
The 9/11 Review Commission shall be composed of a chairman, to be appointed by the Speaker of the House of Representatives, and a vice chairman, to be appointed by the Majority Leader of the Senate.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
SEC. 5. AUTHORITY OF 9/11 REVIEW COMMISSION.
(2) subject to subsection (b)(1), require, by subpoena or otherwise, the attendance and testimony of such witnesses and the production of such books, records, correspondence, memoranda, electronic communications, papers, and documents, as the 9/11 Review Commission or such designated panel may determine advisable.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(2) PROCESS- Subpoenas issued pursuant to this subsection shall be signed by the chairman or any person designated by the chairman, and may be served by any person designated by the chairman.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(A) IN GENERAL- In the event that any person fails to obey a subpoena issued pursuant to paragraph (1), the United States district court for the judicial district in which the subpoenaed person resides, is served, or may be found, or where the subpoena is returnable, may issue an order requiring such person to appear at any designated place to testify or to produce documentary or other evidence. Any person failing to obey the order of the court may be held in contempt of the court.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(B) ADDITIONAL ENFORCEMENT- In the case of any failure of any witness to comply with any subpoena or to testify when summoned under authority of this section, the chairman may certify a statement of fact constituting such failure to the appropriate United States attorney, who may bring the matter before the grand jury for its action, under the same statutory authority and procedures as if the United States attorney had received a certification under sections 102 through 104 of the Revised Statutes of the United States (
(1) IN GENERAL- The 9/11 Review Commission is authorized to secure directly from any executive department, bureau, agency, board, commission, office, independent establishment, or instrumentality of the Government, information, suggestions, estimates, and statistics for the purposes of this Act. Each such department, bureau, agency, board, commission, office, independent establishment, or instrumentality shall, to the extent authorized by law, furnish such information, suggestions, estimates, and statistics directly to the 9/11 Review Commission, upon request made by the chairman or the vice chairman.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(2) RECEIPT, HANDLING, STORAGE, AND DISSEMINATION- Information shall only be received, handled, stored, and disseminated by the 9/11 Review Commission, including its staff, in accordance with all applicable statutes, regulations, and Executive orders.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(d) Advisory Panels- The chairman may establish advisory panels composed of individuals, including such experts as the chairman determines appropriate, who may undertake investigations, evaluate evidence, make findings, and provide recommendations to the 9/11 Review Commission.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(e) Contracting- The 9/11 Review Commission may, to such extent and in such amounts as are provided in by appropriations, enter into contracts to enable the Commission to discharge its duties under this title.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(1) GENERAL SERVICES ADMINISTRATION- The Administrator of General Services shall provide to the 9/11 Review Commission, on a reimbursable basis, administrative support and other services for the performance of the 9/11 Review Commission’s functions.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(2) OTHER DEPARTMENTS AND AGENCIES- In addition to the assistance prescribed in paragraph (1), the heads of Federal departments and agencies may provide to the 9/11 Review Commission such services, funds, facilities, staff, and other support services as such heads may determine advisable and as may be authorized by law.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
SEC. 6. COMPENSATION.
The chairman and vice chairman of the 9/11 Review Commission may receive compensation in an amount not to exceed the daily equivalent of the annual rate of basic pay in effect for a position at level IV of the Executive Schedule under
SEC. 7. APPOINTMENT OF STAFF.
(a) In General- The chairman, in consultation with the vice chairman and in accord with any rule agreed upon by the 9/11 Review Commission, may appoint and fix the compensation of a staff director and such other personnel as may be necessary to enable the 9/11 Review Commission to carry out its functions, without regard to the provisions of title 5, United States Code, governing appointments in the competitive service, and without regard to the provisions of chapter 51 and subchapter III of chapter 53 of such title relating to classification and General Schedule pay rates, except that no rate of pay fixed under this subsection may exceed the equivalent of that payable for a position at level V of the Executive Schedule under
(b) Travel Expenses- While away from their homes or regular places of business in the performance of services for the 9/11 Review Commission, members and staff of the Commission shall be allowed travel expenses, including per diem in lieu of subsistence, in the same manner as persons employed intermittently in the Government service are allowed expenses under
(1) IN GENERAL- Any staff receiving compensation under this section shall be employees under
(d) Detailees- Any Federal Government employee may be detailed to the 9/11 Review Commission without reimbursement from the 9/11 Review Commission, and such detailee shall retain the rights, status, and privileges of his or her regular employment without interruption.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(e) Consultant Services- The 9/11 Review Commission is authorized to procure the services of experts and consultants in accordance with
SEC. 8. SECURITY CLEARANCES FOR COMMISSION MEMBERS AND STAFF.
The appropriate Federal agencies or departments shall provide to the 9/11 Review Commission, to the extent possible, personnel with appropriate security clearances. No person shall be provided with access to classified information under this Act without the appropriate security clearances.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
SEC. 9. NONAPPLICABILITY OF FEDERAL ADVISORY COMMITTEE ACT.
(c) Public Hearings- Any public hearings of the 9/11 Review Commission shall be conducted in a manner consistent with the protection of information provided to or developed for or by the 9/11 Review Commission as required by any applicable statute, regulation, or Executive order.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
SEC. 10. REPORTS OF 9/11 REVIEW COMMISSION.
(a) Interim Reports- The 9/11 Review Commission may submit to the President and provide to Congress interim reports containing its findings, conclusions, and recommendations, and may submit with such reports any classified annexes.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(b) Final Report- Not later than 12 months after the date of the enactment of this Act, the 9/11 Review Commission shall submit to the President and appropriate congressional committees (as such term is defined in section 101 of the Homeland Security Act of 2002 (
(1) IN GENERAL- The 9/11 Review Commission, and all the authorities of this Act, shall terminate 30 days after the date on which the final report is submitted under subsection (b).CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(2) ADMINISTRATIVE ACTIVITIES BEFORE TERMINATION- The 9/11 Review Commission may use the 30-day period referred to in paragraph (1) for the purpose of concluding its activities, including providing testimony to Congress concerning its reports and disseminating the final report.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
SEC. 11. FUNDING.
(b) Duration of Availability- Amounts made available to the 9/11 Review Commission under this section shall remain available until the termination of the 9/11 Review Commission.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink