42 U.S. Code § 14197 - Powers
For the purposes of carrying out this subchapter, the Commission may conduct such hearings, sit and act at such times and places, take such testimony, and receive such evidence, as the Commission considers appropriate. The Commission may administer oaths before the Commission.
Any committee, task force, member, or agent, of the Commission may, if authorized by the Commission, take any action that the Commission is authorized to take under this subchapter.
The Commission may request directly from any Federal agency or entity in the executive or legislative branch such information as is needed to carry out its functions.
The Commission may use the United States mails in the same manner and under the same conditions as other Federal agencies.