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1 Service Commission may take any appropriate personnel

2 or other action against any individual failing to file a report 3 or information or falsifying information.

4 CUSTODY AND AUDIT OF, AND PUBLIC ACCESS TO, REPORTS

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SEC. 8. (a) Officers of the executive, legislative, and

6 judicial branches of the Government with whom reports are

7 filed under provisions of section 4 shall, with due regard for

8 the right of privacy of persons required to file reports, release 9 such reports for public disclosure under the following

10 conditions:

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(i) The requestor shall present a written request which

12 shall state his name and address and the name and address

13 of the person or organization, if any, on whose behalf he is

14 making the request. 15 (ii) The request shall state the reason for the request,

16 the purpose for which the disclosure statement will be used,

17 and the basis upon which the requestor believes the report 18 contains information indicating the existence of a conflict 19 of interest or potential conflict of interest.

(iii) At the time the report is made available the person

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21 with whom the report is filed shall notify the individual

22 whose report has been made available. Such notification 23 shall include a copy of the written request for the report.

(b) Any person requesting a copy of a report under 25 subsection (a) (1) may be required to pay a reasonable

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1 foe in an amount necessary to recover the cost of repro2 duction or mailing of such report excluding any salary of 3 any employee involved in such reproduction or mailing. 4 (e) (1) It shall be unlawful for any person to inspect

5 or obtain a copy of any report

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(A) for any unlawful purpose;
(B) for any commercial purpose;

(C) to determine or establish the credit rating of any individual;

(D) to compile any mailing list; or

(E) for use directly or indirectly in the solicitation of money for any political, charitable or other purpose. (2) The Attorney General may bring a civil action in

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14 any district court of the United States against any person 15 who inspects or obtains such report for any purpose pro

16 hibited in paragraph (1). The court in which such action 17 is brought may assess against sach individual a penalty in 18 any amount not to exceed $1,000. 19 (d) Reports shall be held and made available to the 20 public under conditions stated in subsection (a) of this sec21 tion for a period of five years after receipt. After such five22 year period, the reports shall be destroyed. 23 (e) The House of Representatives, the Senate, the Di

24 rector of the Administrative Office of the United States

25 Courts, the Chairman of the Civil Service Commission, and

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1 the head of each agency shall make provisions to assure that 2 each report shall be reviewed in accordance with any law or 3 regulation with respect to conflicts of interest of confidential 4 financial information of officers or employees of the House of 5 Representatives, the Senate, the United States courts, or each 6 such agency or in accordance with rules and regulations as 7 may be prescribed. 8 (f) In the event the custodian of reports which may be 9 released under provisions of this section determines release of 10 a report will be denied he shall make a public statement of u the reason for such denial, stating specifically any finding

12 made that no conflict of interest or potential conflict of in

13 terest appears in such report.

14 SEC. 9. The Comptroller General shall have aceess to 15 reports filed with the Civil Service Commission, the Director 16 of the Administrative Office of the United States Courts, the

17 Secretary of the Senate, the Clerk of the House, and with

18 executive departments and agencies under provisions of this 19 Act for the purpose of carrying out his statutory

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24 priate officials in executive, legislative, and judicial branches 25 shall make recommendations to Congress on reporting of

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1 financial disclosures for persons not covered by this Act. Such

2 report shall be made within one hundred and eighty days 3 after the approval of this Act.

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SEC. 11. If any part of this title is held invalid, the

6 remainder of the title shall not be affected thereby. If any

7 provision of any part of this title, or the application thereof 8 to any person or circumstance, is held invalid, the provisions 9 of other parts and their application to other persons or cir10 cumstances shall not be affected thereby.

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AUTHORIZATION OF APPROPRIATIONS

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SEC. 12. There are authorized to be appropriated such 13 sums as may be necessary to carry out the provisions of this

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95TH CONGRESS

1st SESSION

H R. 3829

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

FEBRUARY 22, 1977 Mrs. SCHROEDER (by request) introduced the following bill; which was referred

jointly to the Committees on the Judiciary, Post Office and Civil Service, Armed Services, and Standards of Official Conduct

A BILL

To establish a Commission on Ethics and Financial Disclosure

for Officers and Employees of the Federal Government, and

for other purposes. 1 Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representa

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3 That this Act may be cited as the "Federal Ethics and

4 Financial Disclosure Act of 1977.

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TITLE 1-ETHICAL CONDUCT

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SEC. 101. This title may be cited as the "Federal Ethics

7 Act of 1977.".

8 SEC. 102. DEFINITIONS. -For purposes of this title:

(1) The term "employee” includes the President of 10 the United States, the Vice President of the United States,

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