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FEDERAL POWER ACT

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FEDERAL POWER ACT

PART I

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That a commission is hereby created and established, to be known as the Federal Power Commis

Federal Power sion (hereinafter referred to as the "commission”) which Commission. shall be composed of five commissioners who shall be ap- composition of. pointed by the President, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate, one of whom shall be designated by the President as chairman and shall be the principal executive officer of the commission : Provided, That after

Chairman of, the expiration of the original term of the commissioner appolnted by so designated as chairman by the President, chairmen Proviso. shall be elected by the commission itself, each chairman ceeding chairwhen so elected to act as such until the expiration of his Tenure. term of office. (16 U.S.C. 792)

The commissioners first appointed under this section, missioners. as amended, shall continue in office for terms of one, two, three, four, and five years, respectively, from the date this section, as amended, takes effect, the term of each to be designated by the President at the time of nomination. Their successors shall be appointed each Of successors.

a term of five years from the date of the expiration of the term for which his predecessor was appointed and until his successor is appointed and has qualified, except that he shall not so continue to serve beyond the expiration of the next session of Congress subsequent to the expiration of said fixed term of office, and except that any person appointed to fill a vacancy occurring Exceptions. prior to the expiration of the term for which his

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appointinent because of political, etc., afiliations.

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tion 11 vacancy exists.

Quorum and seal.

predecessor was appointed shall be appointed only for Restriction of the unexpired term. Not more than three of the com

missioners shall be appointed from the same political party. No person in the employ of or holding any official relation to any licensee or to any person, firm, association, or corporation engaged in the generation, transmission, distribution, or sale of power, or owning

stock or bonds thereof, or who is in any manner other business pecuniarily interested therein, shall enter upon the Bloners prohib- duties of or hold the office of commissioner. Said

commissioners shall not engage in any other business, Right to func- vocation, or employment. No vacancy in the commission

shall impair the right of the remaining commissioners to exercise all the powers of the commission. Three members of the commission shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of business, and the commission

shall have an official seal of which judicial notice shall Election of vice be taken. The commission shall annually elect a vice chairman

chairman to act in case of the absence or disability of the chairman or in case of a vacancy in the office of

chairman. [16 U.S.C. 792] Compensation, Each commissioner shall receive an annual salary of

$10,000, together with necessary traveling and subsistence expenses, or per diem allowance in lieu thereof, within the limitations prescribed by law, while away from the seat of government upon official business. [16

U.S.C. 792] Principal office

The principal office of the commission shall be in general the District of Columbia, where its general sessions

shall be held; but whenever the convenience of the public or of the parties may be promoted or delay or

expense prevented thereby, the commission may hold Special special session in any part of the United States. (16

U.S.C. 792]

Sec. 2. The commission shall have authority to ap

point, prescribe the duties, and fix the salaries of, personnel

to appoint, prescribe the duties, and fix the salaries of, Appointment

a secretary, a chief engineer, a general counsel, a solicitor, and a chief accountant; and may, subject to the civil service laws, appoint such other officers and employees as are necessary in the execution of its functions and fix their salaries in accordance with the Classification Act of 1949. The commission may request the

traveling, etc., expenses.

in District for

sessions.

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and salaries.

from other

penses author

President to detail an officer or officers from the Corps of oficers

Detail of Engineers, or other branches of the United States Army, departments. to serve the commission as engineer officer or officers, or in any other capacity, in field work outside the seat of government, their duties to be prescribed by the commission; and such detail is hereby authorized. The President may also, at the request of the commission, detail, assign, or transfer to the commission engineers in or under the Departments of the Interior or Agriculture for field work outside the seat of government under the direction of the commission. (16 U.S.C. 793]

The Commission may make such expenditures (including expenditures for rent and personal services at the contingent er seat of government and elsewhere, for law books, fzed. periodicals, and books of reference, and for printing and binding) as are necessary to execute its functions. Expenditures by the commission shall be allowed and paid upon the presentation of itemized vouchers therefor, approved by the chairman of the Commission or by such other member or officer as may be authorized by the Commission for that purpose subject to applicable regulations under the Federal Property and Administrative Services Act of 1949, as amended. [16 U.S.C. 793]

Sec. 3. [As amended August 26, 1935.) The words defined in this section shall have the following meanings for purposes of this Act, to wit:

(1) "public lands” means such lands and interest in lands owned by the United States as are subject to “Public lands." private appropriation and disposal under public land laws. It shall not include "reservations," as hereinafter defined; [16 U.S.C. 796 (1)]

(2) “reservations” means national forest, tribal lands "Reservations." embraced within Indian reservations, military reservations, and other lands and interests in lands owned by the United States, and withdrawn, reserved, or withheld from private appropriation and disposal under the public land laws; also lands and interests in lands acquired and held for any public purposes; but shall not include national monuments or national parks; [16 U.S.C. 796 (2)]

(3) "corporation” means any corporation, joint-stock “Corporation." company, partnership, association, business trust, organized group of persons, whether incorporated or not, or a receiver or receivers, trustee or trustees of any of the foregoing. It shall not include "municipalities"

Meaning of terms as used.

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