16 U.S. Code § 463 - National Park System Advisory Board
(a) Establishment; composition; duties
There is hereby established a National Park System Advisory Board, whose purpose shall be to advise the Director of the National Park Service on matters relating to the National Park Service, the National Park System, and programs administered by the National Park Service. The Board shall advise the Director on matters submitted to the Board by the Director as well as any other issues identified by the Board. Members of the Board shall be appointed on a staggered term basis by the Secretary for a term not to exceed 4 years and shall serve at the pleasure of the Secretary. The Board shall be comprised of no more than 12 persons, appointed from among citizens of the United States having a demonstrated commitment to the mission of the National Park Service. Board members shall be selected to represent various geographic regions, including each of the administrative regions of the National Park Service. At least 6 of the members shall have outstanding expertise in 1 or more of the following fields: history, archeology, anthropology, historical or landscape architecture, biology, ecology, geology, marine science, or social science. At least 4 of the members shall have outstanding expertise and prior experience in the management of national or State parks or protected areas, or national or cultural resources management. The remaining members shall have outstanding expertise in 1 or more of the areas described above or in another professional or scientific discipline, such as financial management, recreation use management, land use planning or business management, important to the mission of the National Park Service. At least 1 individual shall be a locally elected official from an area adjacent to a park. The Board shall hold its first meeting by no later than 60 days after the date on which all members of the Advisory Board who are to be appointed have been appointed. Any vacancy in the Board shall not affect its powers, but shall be filled in the same manner in which the original appointment was made. The Board may adopt such rules as may be necessary to establish its procedures and to govern the manner of its operations, organization, and personnel. All members of the Board shall be reimbursed for travel and per diem in lieu of subsistence expenses during the performance of duties of the Board while away from home or their regular place of business, in accordance with subchapter 1  of chapter 57 of title 5. With the exception of travel and per diem as noted above, a member of the Board who is otherwise an officer or employee of the United States Government shall serve on the Board without additional compensation. It shall be the duty of such board to advise the Secretary on matters relating to the National Park System, to other related areas, and to the administration of sections 461 to 467 of this title, including but not limited to matters submitted to it for consideration by the Secretary, but it shall not be required to recommend as to the suitability or desirability of surplus real and related personal property for use as an historic monument. Such board shall also provide recommendations on the designation of national historic landmarks and national natural landmarks. Such board is strongly encouraged to consult with the major scholarly and professional organizations in the appropriate disciplines in making such recommendations.
(b) Staff; applicability of Federal law
(1) The Secretary is authorized to hire 2 full-time staffers to meet the needs of the Advisory Board.
(2) Service of an individual as a member of the Board shall not be considered as service or employment bringing such individual within the provisions of any Federal law relating to conflicts of interest or otherwise imposing restrictions, requirements, or penalties in relation to the employment of persons, the performance of services, or the payment or receipt of compensation in connection with claims, proceedings, or matters involving the United States. Service as a member of the Board, or as an employee of the Board, shall not be considered service in an appointive or elective position in the Government for purposes of section 8344 of title 5 or comparable provisions of Federal law.
(c) Authority of Board
(1) Upon request of the Director, the Board is authorized to—
(D) enter into such contracts and other arrangements. 
(d) Federal Advisory Committee Act
(e) Cooperation of Federal agencies; use of mails
(1) The Board is authorized to secure directly from any office, department, agency, establishment, or instrumentality of the Federal Government such information as the Board may require for the purpose of this section, and each such officer, department, agency, establishment, or instrumentality is authorized and directed to furnish, to the extent permitted by law, such information, suggestions, estimates, and statistics directly to the Board, upon request made by a member of the Board.
(2) Upon the request of the Board, the head of any Federal department, agency, or instrumentality is authorized to make any of the facilities and services of such department, agency, or instrumentality to  the Board, on a nonreimbursable basis, to assist the Board in carrying out its duties under this section.
The National Park System Advisory Board shall continue to exist until January 1, 2010. The provisions of section 14(b) of the Federal Advisory Committee Act (the Act of October 6, 1972; 86 Stat. 776) are hereby waived with respect to the Board, but in all other respects, it shall be subject to the provisions of the Federal Advisory Committee Act.
(g) National Park Service Advisory Council
There is hereby established the National Park Service Advisory Council (hereafter in this section referred to as the “advisory council”) which shall provide advice and counsel to the National Park System Advisory Board. Membership on the advisory council shall be limited to those individuals whose term on the advisory board has expired. Such individuals may serve as long as they remain active except that not more than 12 members may serve on the advisory council at any one time. Members of the advisory council shall not have a vote on the National Park System Advisory Board. Members of the advisory council shall receive no salary but may be paid expenses incidental to travel when engaged in discharging their duties as members. Initially, the Secretary shall choose 12 former members of the Advisory Board to constitute the advisory council. In so doing, the Secretary shall consider their professional expertise and demonstrated commitment to the National Park System and to the Advisory Board.
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Source(Aug. 21, 1935, ch. 593, § 3,49 Stat. 667; Pub. L. 91–383, § 9, Aug. 18, 1970, as added Pub. L. 94–458, § 2,Oct. 7, 1976, 90 Stat. 1940; amended Pub. L. 95–625, title VI, § 604(2),Nov. 10, 1978, 92 Stat. 3518; Pub. L. 101–628, title XII, §§ 1211, 1212,Nov. 28, 1990, 104 Stat. 4507; Pub. L. 104–333, div. I, title VIII, § 814(f)(1),Nov. 12, 1996, 110 Stat. 4197; Pub. L. 109–156, § 5,Dec. 30, 2005, 119 Stat. 2948; Pub. L. 110–161, div. F, title I, Dec. 26, 2007, 121 Stat. 2107; Pub. L. 111–8, div. E, title I, Mar. 11, 2009, 123 Stat. 710.)
References in Text
The Federal Advisory Committee Act, referred to in subsecs. (d) and (f), is Pub. L. 92–463, Oct. 6, 1972, 86 Stat. 770, as amended, which is set out in the Appendix to Title 5, Government Organization and Employees.
2009—Subsec. (f). Pub. L. 111–8substituted “2010” for “2009”.
2007—Subsec. (f). Pub. L. 110–161substituted “2009” for “2007”.
2005—Subsec. (f). Pub. L. 109–156substituted “2007” for “2006”.
1996—Subsec. (a). Pub. L. 104–333, § 814(f)(1)(A), substituted provisions relating to establishment of Board, its purpose, advisory duties, members’ terms, composition, first meeting, vacancies, rules, and members’ compensation for “A general advisory board to be known as the National Park System Advisory Board is hereby established, to be composed of not to exceed sixteen persons, citizens of the United States who have a demonstrated commitment to the National Park System, to include but not be limited to representatives competent in the fields of history, archaeology, architecture, anthropology, biology, geology, and related disciplines, who shall be appointed by the Secretary for a term not to exceed four years. The Secretary shall take into consideration nominations for appointees from public and private, professional, civic, and educational societies, associations, and institutions. The members of such board shall receive no salary but may be paid expenses incidental to travel when engaged in discharging their duties as members.”
Subsecs. (b) to (e). Pub. L. 104–333, § 814(f)(1)(C), added subsecs. (b) to (e). Former subsecs. (b) and (c) redesignated (f) and (g), respectively.
Subsec. (f). Pub. L. 104–333, § 814(f)(1)(B), redesignated former subsec. (b) as (f) and substituted “2006” for “1995”.
Subsec. (g). Pub. L. 104–333, § 814(f)(1)(B), redesignated former subsec. (c) as (g).
1990—Subsec. (a). Pub. L. 101–628, § 1211(1), (2), substituted “sixteen” for “twelve”, “United States who have a demonstrated commitment to the National Park System,” for “United States,” and “anthropology, biology, geology, and related disciplines,” for “and natural science,” and inserted at end “Such board shall also provide recommendations on the designation of national historic landmarks and national natural landmarks. Such board is strongly encouraged to consult with the major scholarly and professional organizations in the appropriate disciplines in making such recommendations.”
Subsec. (b). Pub. L. 101–628, § 1211(3), (4), substituted “1995” for “1990” and “The provisions of section 14(b) of the Federal Advisory Committee Act (the Act of October 6, 1972; 86 Stat. 776) are hereby waived with respect to the Board, but in” for “In”.
Subsec. (c). Pub. L. 101–628, § 1212, added subsec. (c).
1978—Subsec. (a). Pub. L. 95–625increased Board membership to twelve from eleven.
1976—Pub. L. 91–383, § 9, as added by Pub. L. 94–458, renamed the Advisory Board on National Parks, Historic Sites, Buildings and Monuments as the National Park System Advisory Board, substituted natural science for human geography as a field from which member selection may be made, limited appointment term to four years rather than at pleasure of Secretary, eliminated duty of Board to make recommendations concerning use of surplus property as an historic monument, provided for continuation of Board until Jan. 1, 1990, and made it subject to the provisions of the Federal Advisory Committee Act.
Effective Date of 2005 Amendment
Pub. L. 109–156, § 5,Dec. 30, 2005, 119 Stat. 2948, provided that the amendment made by section 5 is effective Jan. 1, 2006.
Effective Date of 1996 Amendment
Pub. L. 104–333, div. I, title VIII, § 814(f)(3),Nov. 12, 1996, 110 Stat. 4199, provided that: “This subsection [amending this section and enacting provisions set out as a note below] shall take effect on December 7, 1997.”
Authorization of Appropriations
Pub. L. 104–333, div. I, title VIII, § 814(f)(2),Nov. 12, 1996, 110 Stat. 4199, provided that: “There are authorized to be appropriated to the National Park System Advisory Board $200,000 per year to carry out the provisions of section 3 of the Act of August 21, 1935 (49 Stat. 667; 16 U.S.C. 463).”
New York City National Shrines Advisory Board
Act Aug. 11, 1955, ch. 779, §§ 1, 2,69 Stat. 632, as amended by Pub. L. 85–658, Aug. 14, 1958, 72 Stat. 613, provided for the appointment of an advisory board, to be known as the New York City National Shrines Advisory Board, to render advice to the Secretary of the Interior and to further public participation in the rehabilitation, development and the preservation of those historic properties in the New York City area that are of great national significance, identified as the Federal Hall National Memorial, Castle Clinton National Monument, and the Statue of Liberty National Monument, to conduct a study of these historic properties, and to submit recommendations concerning their preservation and administration to the Secretary of the Interior, such report and recommendations of the Board to be transmitted to the Congress by the Secretary of the Interior, together with his recommendations thereon, within one year following the date of the establishment of the Board, and with the Board to cease to exist when the Secretary of the Interior found that its purposes had been accomplished. The Secretary of the Interior was authorized to accept donations of funds for rehabilitation, development and preservation of the historic properties including any made upon condition that such funds are to be expended only if Federal funds in an amount equal to the donated funds are appropriated for such purposes.
Federal Hall National Memorial
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