42 U.S. Code § 15253 - State and Local Law Enforcement Congressional Badge of Bravery Board

(a) Establishment
There is established within the Department of Justice a State and Local Law Enforcement Congressional Badge of Bravery Board.
(b) Duties
The State and Local Board shall do the following:
(1) Design the State and Local Law Enforcement Badge with appropriate ribbons and appurtenances.
(2) Select an engraver to produce each State and Local Law Enforcement Badge.
(3) Recommend recipients of the State and Local Law Enforcement Badge from among those nominations timely submitted to the Office.
(4) Annually present to the Attorney General the names of State or local law enforcement officers who the State and Local Board recommends as State and Local Law Enforcement Badge recipients in accordance with the criteria described in section 15252 (a) of this title.
(5) After approval by the Attorney General—
(A) procure the State and Local Law Enforcement Badges from the engraver selected under paragraph (2);
(B) send a letter announcing the award of each State and Local Law Enforcement Badge to the State or local agency head who nominated the recipient of such State and Local Law Enforcement Badge;
(C) send a letter to each Member of Congress representing the congressional district where the recipient of each State and Local Law Enforcement Badge resides to offer such Member an opportunity to present such State and Local Law Enforcement Badge; and
(D) make or facilitate arrangements for presenting each State and Local Law Enforcement Badge in accordance with section 15254 of this title.
(6) Set an annual timetable for fulfilling the duties described in this subsection.
(c) Membership
(1) Number and appointment
The State and Local Board shall be composed of 9 members appointed as follows:
(A) One member jointly appointed by the majority leader and minority leader of the Senate.
(B) One member jointly appointed by the Speaker and minority leader of the House of Representatives.
(C) One member from the Department of Justice appointed by the Attorney General.
(D) Two members of the Fraternal Order of Police appointed by the Executive Board of the Fraternal Order of Police.
(E) One member of the National Association of Police Organizations appointed by the Executive Board of the National Association of Police Organizations.
(F) One member of the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives appointed by the Executive Board of the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives.
(G) One member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police appointed by the Board of Officers of the International Association of Chiefs of Police.
(H) One member of the National Sheriffs’ Association appointed by the Executive Committee of the National Sheriffs’ Association.
(2) Limitation
Not more than 5 State and Local Board members may be members of the Fraternal Order of Police.
(3) Qualifications
State and Local Board members shall be individuals with knowledge or expertise, whether by experience or training, in the field of State and local law enforcement.
(4) Terms and vacancies
Each State and Local Board member shall be appointed for 2 years and may be reappointed. A vacancy in the State and Local Board shall not affect the powers of the State and Local Board and shall be filled in the same manner as the original appointment.
(d) Operations
(1) Chairperson
The Chairperson of the State and Local Board shall be a State and Local Board member elected by a majority of the State and Local Board.
(2) Meetings
The State and Local Board shall conduct its first meeting not later than 90 days after the appointment of a majority of State and Local Board members. Thereafter, the State and Local Board shall meet at the call of the Chairperson, or in the case of a vacancy of the position of Chairperson, at the call of the Attorney General.
(3) Voting and rules
A majority of State and Local Board members shall constitute a quorum to conduct business, but the State and Local Board may establish a lesser quorum for conducting hearings scheduled by the State and Local Board. The State and Local Board may establish by majority vote any other rules for the conduct of the business of the State and Local Board, if such rules are not inconsistent with this subchapter or other applicable law.
(e) Powers
(1) Hearings
(A) In general
The State and Local Board may hold hearings, sit and act at times and places, take testimony, and receive evidence as the State and Local Board considers appropriate to carry out the duties of the State and Local Board under this subchapter. The State and Local Board may administer oaths or affirmations to witnesses appearing before it.
(B) Witness expenses
Witnesses requested to appear before the State and Local Board may be paid the same fees as are paid to witnesses under section 1821 of title 28. The per diem and mileage allowances for witnesses shall be paid from funds appropriated to the State and Local Board.
(2) Information from Federal agencies
Subject to sections 552, 552a, and 552b of title 5
(A) the State and Local Board may secure directly from any Federal department or agency information necessary to enable it to carry out this subchapter; and
(B) upon request of the State and Local Board, the head of that department or agency shall furnish the information to the State and Local Board.
(3) Information to be kept confidential
The State and Local Board shall not disclose any information which may compromise an ongoing law enforcement investigation or is otherwise required by law to be kept confidential.
(f) Compensation
(1) In general
Except as provided in paragraph (2), each State and Local Board member shall be compensated at a rate equal to the daily equivalent of the annual rate of basic pay prescribed for level IV of the Executive Schedule under section 5315 of title 5 for each day (including travel time) during which such State and Local Board member is engaged in the performance of the duties of the State and Local Board.
(2) Prohibition of compensation for government employees
State and Local Board members who serve as officers or employees of the Federal Government or a State or a local government may not receive additional pay, allowances, or benefits by reason of their service on the State and Local Board.
(3) Travel expenses
Each State and Local Board member shall receive travel expenses, including per diem in lieu of subsistence, in accordance with applicable provisions under subchapter I of chapter 57 of title 5.

Source

(Pub. L. 110–298, title II, § 203,July 31, 2008, 122 Stat. 2991.)

 

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