42 U.S. Code § 1769g - Information clearinghouse
(a) In general
The Secretary shall enter into a contract with a nongovernmental organization described in subsection (b) of this section to establish and maintain a clearinghouse to provide information to nongovernmental groups located throughout the United States that assist low-income individuals or communities regarding food assistance, self-help activities to aid individuals in becoming self-reliant, and other activities that empower low-income individuals or communities to improve the lives of low-income individuals and reduce reliance on Federal, State, or local governmental agencies for food or other assistance.
(b) Nongovernmental organization
The nongovernmental organization referred to in subsection (a) of this section shall be selected on a competitive basis and shall—
(1) be experienced in the gathering of first-hand information in all the States through onsite visits to grassroots organizations in each State that fight hunger and poverty or that assist individuals in becoming self-reliant;
(2) be experienced in the establishment of a clearinghouse similar to the clearinghouse described in subsection (a) of this section;
(3) agree to contribute in-kind resources towards the establishment and maintenance of the clearinghouse and agree to provide clearinghouse information, free of charge, to the Secretary, States, counties, cities, antihunger groups, and grassroots organizations that assist individuals in becoming self-sufficient and self-reliant;
(4) be sponsored by an organization, or be an organization, that—
(5) be experienced in communicating the purpose of the clearinghouse through the media, including the radio and print media, and be able to provide access to the clearinghouse information through computer or telecommunications technology, as well as through the mails; and
(6) be able to provide examples, advice, and guidance to States, counties, cities, communities, antihunger groups, and local organizations regarding means of assisting individuals and communities to reduce reliance on government programs, reduce hunger, improve nutrition, and otherwise assist low-income individuals and communities become more self-sufficient.
The Secretary shall establish fair and reasonable auditing procedures regarding the expenditures of funds to carry out this section.
Out of any moneys in the Treasury not otherwise appropriated, the Secretary of the Treasury shall pay to the Secretary to provide to the organization selected under this section, to establish and maintain the information clearinghouse, $200,000 for each of fiscal years 1995 and 1996, $150,000 for fiscal year 1997, $100,000 for fiscal year 1998, $166,000 for each of fiscal years 1999 through 2004, and $250,000 for each of fiscal years 2010 through 2015. The Secretary shall be entitled to receive the funds and shall accept the funds, without further appropriation.
Source(June 4, 1946, ch. 281, § 26, as added Pub. L. 103–448, title I, § 123,Nov. 2, 1994, 108 Stat. 4731; amended Pub. L. 105–336, title I, §§ 103(c)(2), 112,Oct. 31, 1998, 112 Stat. 3147, 3157; Pub. L. 108–265, title I, § 128,June 30, 2004, 118 Stat. 767; Pub. L. 111–80, title VII, § 749(f),Oct. 21, 2009, 123 Stat. 2132; Pub. L. 111–296, title IV, § 409,Dec. 13, 2010, 124 Stat. 3260.)
2010—Subsec. (d). Pub. L. 111–296substituted “2010 through 2015” for “2005 through 2010” in first sentence.
2009—Subsec. (d). Pub. L. 111–80substituted “2010” for “2009”.
2004—Subsec. (d). Pub. L. 108–265, in first sentence, substituted “1998,” for “1998, and” and “through 2004, and $250,000 for each of fiscal years 2005 through 2009” for “through 2003”.
1998—Subsec. (d). Pub. L. 105–336substituted “$100,000 for fiscal year 1998, and $166,000 for each of fiscal years 1999 through 2003” for “and $100,000 for fiscal year 1998” in first sentence and inserted “, without further appropriation” before period at end of second sentence.
Effective Date of 2010 Amendment
Amendment by Pub. L. 111–296effective Oct. 1, 2010, except as otherwise specifically provided, see section 445 ofPub. L. 111–296, set out as a note under section 1751 of this title.
Effective Date of 1998 Amendment
Amendment by Pub. L. 105–336effective Oct. 1, 1998, see section 401 ofPub. L. 105–336, set out as a note under section 1755 of this title.