7 U.S. Code § 945 - Board of directors

(a) In general
The management of the telephone bank, within the limitations prescribed by law, shall be vested in a board of directors (in this subchapter referred to as the “Telephone Bank Board”).
(b) Membership
The Telephone Bank Board shall consist of thirteen individuals, as follows:
(1) Presidential appointees
The President shall appoint seven individuals to serve on the Telephone Bank Board who shall serve at the pleasure of the President—
(A) five of whom shall be officers or employees of the Department of Agriculture and not officers or employees of the Secretary; and
(B) two of whom shall be from the general public and not officers or employees of the Federal Government.
(2) Cooperative members
The cooperative-type entities, and organizations controlled by such entities, that hold class B or class C stock shall elect three individuals to serve on the Telephone Bank Board for a term of two years, by a plurality vote of the stockholders voting in the election.
(3) Commercial members
The commercial-type entities, and the organizations controlled by such entities, that hold class B or class C stock shall elect three individuals to serve on the Telephone Bank Board for a term of two years, by a plurality vote of the stockholders voting in the election.
(c) Elections
(1) Validity
An election under paragraph (2) or (3) of subsection (b) of this section shall not be considered valid unless a majority of the stockholders eligible to vote in the election have voted in the election.
(2) Balloting
Balloting in an election under paragraph (2) or (3) of subsection (b) of this section shall be conducted by mail pursuant to the procedures authorized in the bylaws of the telephone bank.
(3) No cumulative voting
Cumulative voting shall not be permitted in any election under paragraph (2) or (3) of subsection (b) of this section.
(d) Compensation
(1) In general
Except as provided in paragraph (2), each member of the Telephone Bank Board shall receive $100 per day for each day or part thereof, not to exceed fifty days per year, spent in the performance of their official duties, and shall be reimbursed for travel and other expenses in such manner and subject to such limitations as the Telephone Bank Board may prescribe.
(2) Exceptions
The five members of the Telephone Bank Board appointed under subsection (b)(1)(A) of this section shall not receive compensation by reason of their service on the Telephone Bank Board.
(e) Succession
A member of the Telephone Bank Board may serve after the expiration of the term of office of such member until the successor for such member has taken office.
(f) Chairperson
The members of the Telephone Bank Board shall elect one of such members to be the Chairperson of the Board, in accordance with the bylaws of the telephone bank. The Chairperson shall preside at all meetings of the Board and may vote on a matter before the Board unless the vote would result in a tie vote on the matter.
(g) Bylaws
The Telephone Bank Board shall prescribe bylaws, not inconsistent with law, regulating the manner in which the telephone bank’s business shall be conducted, its directors and officers elected, its stock issued, held, and disposed of, its property transferred, its bylaws amended, and the powers and privileges granted to it by law exercised and enjoyed.
(h) Meetings
The Telephone Bank Board shall meet at such times and places as it may fix and determine, but shall hold at least four regularly scheduled meetings a year, and special meetings may be held on call in the manner specified in the bylaws of the telephone bank.
(i) Annual report
The Telephone Bank Board shall make an annual report to the Secretary for transmittal to the Congress on the administration of this subchapter and any other matters relating to the effectuation of the policies of this subchapter, including recommendations for legislation.
(j) Open meetings
For purposes of section 552b of title 5, the Telephone Bank Board shall be treated as an agency within the meaning of subsection (a)(1) of such section.

Source

(May 20, 1936, ch. 432, title IV, § 405, as added Pub. L. 92–12, § 2,May 7, 1971, 85 Stat. 32; amended Pub. L. 93–32, § 4,May 11, 1973, 87 Stat. 70; Pub. L. 101–624, title XXIII, § 2363(a), (b)(1), (c),Nov. 28, 1990, 104 Stat. 4042–4044; Pub. L. 103–354, title II, § 235(a)(7),Oct. 13, 1994, 108 Stat. 3221.)
Amendments

1994—Subsec. (b)(1)(A). Pub. L. 103–354substituted “Secretary” for “Rural Electrification Administration”.
1990—Pub. L. 101–624, § 2363(a), substituted “Board of directors” for “Telephone Bank Board” in section catchline.
Subsecs. (a) to (f). Pub. L. 101–624, § 2363(a), struck out subsecs. (a) to (f) and inserted new subsecs. (a) to (f): in subsec. (a) struck out provisions relating to size of board, in subsec. (b) substituted provisions relating to size of board and to appointment and election of all board members for provisions naming Administrator of Rural Electrification Administration and Governor of Farm Credit Administration to board, and authorizing presidential appointment of 5 other members, in subsec. (c) substituted provisions relating to election of 6 cooperative and commercial members for provisions authorizing presidential appointment of initial 6 cooperative and commercial members, in subsec. (d) substituted provisions relating to compensation for provisions relating to interim election of 6 cooperative and commercial members, in subsec. (e) substituted provisions relating to succession for provisions relating to regular election of 6 cooperative and commercial members, and in subsec. (f) substituted provisions relating to chairperson for provisions relating to service after expiration of term, compensation and expenses.
Subsecs. (g) to (i). Pub. L. 101–624, § 2363(b)(1), inserted headings.
Subsec. (j). Pub. L. 101–624, § 2363(c), added subsec. (j).
1973—Subsec. (e). Pub. L. 93–32substituted provisions directing that the cooperative-type entities and organizations holding class B and class C stock, voting as a separate class, elect three directors to represent their class by a majority of the stockholders voting in such class and that the commercial-type entities and organizations holding class B and class C stock, voting as a separate class, elect three directors to represent their class by a majority of the stockholders voting in such class, for provisions that three directors be elected from among the directors, managers, and employees of cooperative-type entities and organizations controlled by such entities holding class B or class C stock and that three directors be elected from among the directors, managers, and employees of commercial-type entities and organizations controlled by such entities holding class B or class C stock, and inserted provisions prohibiting cumulative voting.
Effective Date of 1973 Amendment

Amendment by Pub. L. 93–32effective May 11, 1973, see section 12 ofPub. L. 93–32, set out as an Effective Date note under section 930 of this title.
Effective Date

Section effective May 7, 1971, see section 7 ofPub. L. 92–12, set out as a note under section 921a of this title.
Termination of Reporting Requirements

For termination, effective May 15, 2000, of provisions in subsec. (i) of this section relating to transmittal of annual report to Congress, see section 3003 ofPub. L. 104–66, as amended, set out as a note under section 1113 of Title 31, Money and Finance, and page 45 of House Document No. 103–7.

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