(3) Consensus committee (A) Purpose There is established a committee to be known as the “consensus committee”, which shall, in accordance with this chapter— (i) provide periodic recommendations to the Secretary to adopt, revise, and interpret the Federal manufactured housing construction and safety standards in accordance with this subsection; (ii) provide periodic recommendations to the Secretary to adopt, revise, and interpret the procedural and enforcement regulations, including regulations specifying the permissible scope and conduct of monitoring in accordance with subsection (b); (iii) be organized and carry out its business in a manner that guarantees a fair opportunity for the expression and consideration of various positions and for public participation; and (iv) be deemed to be an advisory committee not composed of Federal employees. (B) Membership The consensus committee shall be composed of— (i) twenty-one voting members appointed by the Secretary, after consideration of the recommendations of the administering organization, from among individuals who are qualified by background and experience to participate in the work of the consensus committee; and (ii) one nonvoting member appointed by the Secretary to represent the Secretary on the consensus committee. (C) Disapproval The Secretary shall state, in writing, the reasons for failing to appoint any individual recommended under paragraph (2)(A)(ii)(I). (D) Selection procedures and requirements Each member of the consensus committee shall be appointed in accordance with selection procedures, which shall be based on the procedures for consensus committees promulgated by the American National Standards Institute (or successor organization), except that the American National Standards Institute interest categories shall be modified for purposes of this paragraph to ensure equal representation on the consensus committee of the following interest categories: (i) Producers Seven producers or retailers of manufactured housing. (ii) Users Seven persons representing consumer interests, such as consumer organizations, recognized consumer leaders, and owners who are residents of manufactured homes. (iii) General interest and public officials Seven general interest and public official members. (E) Balancing of interests (i) In general In order to achieve a proper balance of interests on the consensus committee, the Secretary, in appointing the members of the consensus committee— (I) shall ensure that all directly and materially affected interests have the opportunity for fair and equitable participation without dominance by any single interest; and (II) may reject the appointment of any one or more individuals in order to ensure that there is not dominance by any single interest. (ii) Dominance defined In this subparagraph, the term “dominance” means a position or exercise of dominant authority, leadership, or influence by reason of superior leverage, strength, or representation. (F) Additional qualifications (i) Financial independence No individual appointed under subparagraph (D)(ii) shall have, and three of the individuals appointed under subparagraph (D)(iii) shall not have— (I) a significant financial interest in any segment of the manufactured housing industry; or (II) a significant relationship to any person engaged in the manufactured housing industry. (ii) Post-employment ban Each individual described in clause (i) shall be subject to a ban disallowing compensation from the manufactured housing industry during the period of, and during the 1-year following, the membership of the individual on the consensus committee. (G) Meetings (i) Notice; open to public The consensus committee shall provide advance notice of each meeting of the consensus committee to the Secretary and cause to be published in the Federal Register advance notice of each such meeting. All meetings of the consensus committee shall be open to the public. (ii) Reimbursement Members of the consensus committee in attendance at meetings of the consensus committee shall be reimbursed for their actual expenses as authorized by section 5703 of title 5 for persons employed intermittently in Government service. (H) Administration The consensus committee and the administering organization shall— (i) operate in conformance with the procedures established by the American National Standards Institute for the development and coordination of American National Standards; and (ii) apply to the American National Standards Institute and take such other actions as may be necessary to obtain accreditation from the American National Standards Institute. (I) Staff and technical support The administering organization shall, upon the request of the consensus committee— (i) provide reasonable staff resources to the consensus committee; and (ii) furnish technical support in a timely manner to any of the interest categories described in subparagraph (D) represented on the consensus committee, if— (I) the support is necessary to ensure the informed participation of the consensus committee members; and (II) the costs of providing the support are reasonable. (J) Date of initial appointments The initial appointments of all the members of the consensus committee shall be completed not later than 90 days after the date on which a contractual agreement under paragraph (2)(A) is entered into with the administering organization.


42 USC § 5403(a)(3)

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