(a) Purposes of CenterThe purposes of the Center shall be—
to provide training and development opportunities for State and local elected government officials and employees of State and local governments in order to assist such officials and employees to become more effective and more efficient in performing their public duties and develop their potential for accepting increased public service opportunities; and
(b) Authority of CenterThe Center is authorized, consistent with this chapter, to develop such programs, activities, and services as it considers appropriate to carry out the purpose of this chapter. Such authority shall include the following:
(1) The development and implementation of educational programs for secondary and post-secondary schools and colleges designed—
to create a better understanding of the important role that people in public service have played in the growth and development of the United States; and
to foster a sense of civic responsibility among the youth of the United States.
(2) The development and implementation of programs designed—
to enhance skills and abilities of public service employees and elected officials at the State and local levels of government;
to help prepare such employees and officials to assume greater responsibilities in the field of public service.
The development and implementation of congressional staff training programs designed to equip congressional staff personnel to perform their duties more effectively and efficiently.
The establishment of library and research facilities for the collection and compilation of research materials for use in carrying out the programs of the Center.
(c) Program priorities